Afghanistan’s 2nd Provincial Briefs report released, showing socio-economic progress
The Afghan Ministry of Economy and the World Bank officially released the 2nd Provincial Briefs report which reflects on the socio-economic indicators of the welfare status across the provinces.
This report consists of 37 indicators related to different dimensions of wellbeing, including poverty and inequality, food security, gender disparity, labor market with sector wise employment, access to education, health as well as services.
The motivations behind preparation of this Provincial Briefs report are; 1‐ Availability of statistics is very important for monitoring the impact of development interventions. 2‐ Disaggregated statistics at the sub-national level is very important in Afghanistan. 3‐ Provincial Briefs provide a tool to assess progress and better target interventions at the provincial level.
The report is based on the National Risk and Vulnerability assessment survey of 2011‐12 findings.
“The provincial briefs report confirms that the outcomes of the development activities across provinces are significantly dissimilar,” said Minister Abdul Satar Murad.
For instance, the poverty rate varies from 3.6 percent in Farah Province compare to 65.4 percent in Takhar Province. Similarly, the 2.8 percent calorie deficiency in Maidan Wardak province is significantly lower compared to 82.2 percent in Zabul Province. There are also signs of variances in the assessment of indicators across the provinces such as access to education and health as well as access to services. Definitely, these findings provide opportunities for efficient and more direct planning and targeting.
Minister Murad added that the provincial briefs report is an important contribution for ensuring a balance and more equal socio‐economic development across the provinces.
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