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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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Today’s Exchange Rates in Kabul Market

1USD 1 دالر 76.00 1 EURO 1 یورو 86.30 1 POUND 1 پوند 96.80 1 S.RIAL 1 ریال سعودی 20.15 1 UAE DIRHAMS 1 درهم امارات 20.60 1 FRANC 1 فرانک 75.00 1 AUS $ 1 دالر آسترالیا 54.60 1

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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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ADB Provides $75mn Grant To Support Afghanistan’s Horticulture Value Chains

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agrees to provide a $75 million grant to support development of horticulture value chains in Afghanistan, empowering farmers, crop producers, as well as agriculture enterprises to become major contributors to the country’s economy. Horticulture is

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Finest Afghan Agribusinesses to Showcase Products at “WorldFood Kazakhstan” Trade Show

Twelve Afghan agribusinesses will display the finest fresh and dried fruits, nuts, juices, and vegetables at a high-profile trade event in Almaty, Kazakhstan from October 31 to November 2. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will support the

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10 Afghans Recognized For Their Role In Women’s Empowerment

Ten champions of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan received awards today from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project. The ten included five from the public sector and five representing the private sector from among

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Japan Gives $10mn To Improve Agriculture Techniques in Afghanistan

A new agreement on improving Afghanistan’s agriculture was signed at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul between the Government of Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Sunday. More than 16,000 farming families are

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Balkh University Designated as Financially Autonomous

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) designated Balkh University as financially autonomous for the first time in the history of the university.   Balkh University is now authorized to benefit from the financial autonomy bylaw that allows designated public universities to

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Afghan, India Trade Volume Up By 43%

The trade volume between Afghanistan and India has reached over one billion dollars, showing a 43% increase. This was stated during the third working group meeting on the development of trade and investment between representatives from both the countries on

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WB Provides $403mn To Support Education & Rural Women in Afghanistan

Afghanistan and the World Bank today signed new grant agreements worth $403 million to finance improvements in primary, secondary and higher education as well as advancing the economic and social standing of rural women.  “Investing in women empowerment and education

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Terrorist Financing Targeting Center & US Treasury Sanction Taliban & Their Supporters

The seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC) have taken significant actions to expose and disrupt Taliban actors and their Iranian sponsors that seek to undermine the security of the Afghan Government.   The TFTC Member States designated

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Kabul Citizens Vote to Strengthen Democracy and Reform, Despite Lacking Trust in the Process: AREU Research Finds

In a study conducted through interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs), the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) found that many Kabul citizens plan to take part in the upcoming elections despite their general distrust of the electoral process and

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Kabul and Balkh Universities Offer a New Bachelor of Communications Degree

Kabul and Balkh Universities introduced Bachelor of Communications Degree programs in their faculties of Journalism and Communications.  Both universities worked jointly to develop the program. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the degree program through the University Support

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