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Germany Provides AFN 5.4 Billion of Additional Funding to Afghanistan

Germany has agreed to provide additional funding of about AFN 5.4 billion to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) via KfW Development Bank.  The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan where the international community

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26% Hike in Pistachio Yield in Samangan

The northern Samangan province has witnessed a considerable increase in its pistachio production this year. According to sources, pistachio yield in the province has reached 212 tons this year, indicating a 26% increase from last year. Farmers have earned 265mn

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Act now for a brighter future for the Afghan people

World Bank Blog Post By Hartwig Schafer In 2001, only one million Afghan children attended school–none of them girls. Today, over 8.5 million students attend school–over 40% of them girls. Amina, a 9th grade student, is one of over 3

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Education Boost for Marginalized Children in Afghanistan Through GPE

The Global Partner for Education (GPE) has allocated $200 million multi-year educational projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan.  “Educating children in Afghanistan, Myanmar and South Sudan is critical to their countries’ long-term prosperity, peace and stability,” said GPE Board

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More Afghan Women Enter the Financial Sector

One hundred and two young Afghan women graduated today from USAID’s Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) Microfinance Institute Training (MFI) program.  The women are part of the program’s second apprenticeship session, which now includes 177 graduates. Implemented by the

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Nigeria Likely to Lose $6bn From Fraud Oil Deal

Italian company Eni and Anglo-Dutch company Shell are accused of being involved in a corrupt oil deal that could lead Nigeria to losing USD 6 billion. The scandal involves former MI6 officers, the FBI, a former President of Nigeria, as

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Pakistan Allows Cotton Imports from Afghanistan and Central Asian States

Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved permission of cotton imports from Afghanistan and Central Asian States via Torkham border—a major border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The import of cotton via Torkham was allowed on the request of All Pakistan

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ADB Signs MoU For Energy Projects Worth $200mn

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a number of energy projects that will help Afghanistan gain access to efficient and reliable power and strengthen its cross-border trade in energy. The signing ceremony was attended

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Saffron Processing Factory in Herat to Hire 700 Women

An Afghan businessman has invested USD 2 million to open a saffron processing factory in western Herat province.  The factory will offer job to 700 women at the plant.  Provincial Agriculture Director Abdul Saboor Rahmani said the factory was located

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Why access to improved sanitation is so important for Afghanistan?

By: Eng. Fahim Malekzai Sanitation refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of the human feces, urine and provision of clean drinking water. Sanitation system consists of five modules including containment, emptying, transport, treatment and

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The Avengers Mansion in Kabul

We all know the avengers–a team of fictional superheroes working together to make the world a safer place. Each one of these superheroes has individually fought for the same cause. After many years of their struggle, they realized the importance

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Kandahar University Inaugurates New Online Resource Center

Fifteen students from Kandahar University graduated with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. Two women were part of the first cohort of MPH graduates. Kandahar University created the MPH program with financial assistance from the U.S. Agency for International

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Two Papers On Poppy Cultivation in Rural Helmand From Varying Perspectives

The Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) presented two issued papers by Dr. Mansfield: Stirring Up the Hornet’s Nest and High and Dry. Both of these papers shed a light on the impact of poppy cultivation in rural Helmand but

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Japan Provides $13mn To Support Drought Victims in Afghanistan

Government of Japan decided to extend an emergency grant aid of $13 million in response to the damage caused by drought in Afghanistan through the World Food Program (WFP). This aid is to provide humanitarian assistance in the areas of

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Afghan Finance Minister Updates Senate on National Budget

Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to the President, along with Dr. Mohammad Karim Baz, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs participated in Meshrano Jirga General Meeting where they presented the FY-1398 National Budget

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Ghani Inaugurates 4 Major Development Projects In Daikundi

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by second VP Mohammad Sarwar Danish, arrived in the central Daikundi province to inaugurate some development projects.  The projects include reconstruction of the 9-km road in the provincial capital Neilli, 5.5-megawatt solar power project, water

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TAP Transmission Line To Be Completed In 3 Years

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani signed the Memorandum of Understanding for TAP (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan) transmission line with a Turkish company that will bring 1,000 MW of electricity and $100 million yearly to Afghanistan. The transmission line stretches 750 km long within Afghanistan:

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Chabahar Port Is Exempted From US Sanctions For Its Importance to Afghanistan

The US has granted exemption to the development of Chabahar Port along with an attached railway project and Iranian petroleum shipments to Afghanistan. Serving as a key supply route for Afghanistan, the port was inaugurated last year in the Indian

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Business Licenses Increase in Herat Following Reduction in Fee

According to Herat’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry department, a total of 2,880 trade licenses were issued following a reduction in the license fee. Director of the department, Jamila Bahaduri, said each license was sold for 2,600 AFN. The reduced

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Ghani Inaugurates Afghan-China Air Corridor

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the China-Afghanistan air corridor on Tuesday. The air corridor will help boost trade ties between the two nations, with 20 tons of pine nuts expected to be exported to China as the first shipment. According

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Afghanistan Likely To Be Waived From US Sanctions on Iran

Donald Trump’s latest sanctions against Iran took effect in the early morning hours of November 5 as part of Washington’s effort to further pressure on Tehran to end its “malign” activities in the region. The United States is re-imposing sanctions

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Financial Abuse in Afghan Marriages

This article was originally published on Free Women Writers. Recently I came across an Afghan couple who seemed to be very much in love. After I got to know the woman I found out that things are not as rosy

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Doing Business Report: Afghanistan Among Top 10 Global Improvers

Afghanistan carried out a record number of business reforms in the past year, earning the country a spot in this year’s top 10 global improvers, says the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform report, released today. With

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