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Video October 17, 2018

Afghanistan: Learning from a Decade of Progress and Loss

October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. As we mark the day, we would like to take a look back at Afghanistan’s economic growth over the past decade. Afghanistan has experienced significant economic growth between 2001 and 2014. However, when the economy began to slow down in 2014, due to deteriorating economic and security conditions, incomes, jobs, and economic opportunities declined sharply for everyone, including for those who benefited the most during the boom years. Today, one in two Afghans lives below the poverty line. Going forward, new growth must benefit everyone, and the economic pie must expand with more equitable investment in sectors that generate good jobs and higher incomes.