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Preliminary Findings of a Nomad-Farmer Conflict Study Released in a Report

In November 2017, the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) launched a three-pronged research initiative with financial support of the European Union (EU). The research focuses on Natural Resource Management (NRM), Food Zone Policy, Underground Water and the shifting interests

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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan closes health services in Laghman due to threats

Upon repeated threats from Armed Opposition Groups, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been forced to close 20 clinics and its Health Management Office in Laghman province until further notice. “I am deeply concerned about the impact this may

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Afghan research think-tank partners with UK academia for War on Drugs research project

Leading experts from the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), a top Afghan research think-tank and the UK academia are joining forces to tackle one of the most serious global challenges (Drug Wars and Wars on Drugs) in a new

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ABADE program completes 5 years of success promoting Afghan entrepreneurship

In October of 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan launched an economic growth program to work with the private sector to strengthen productivity and help enterprises sustain growth and create jobs. Over the past five

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Studies Identify Significant Problems in the Mining, Good Governance and Migration Sectors in Afghanistan

By Ahmad Masoud “During the last two years, Governance Forum Afghanistan as a think-and-do-tank, informed the government and the international community on urgent topics for Afghanistan, such as the role of the civil society, civil service reform or provincial planning

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Embezzlement remains an issue in Afghan mining industry

Afghanistan’s Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has called on relevant government organizations to address the issue of embezzlement in the mining sector as incomes are reducing. He alleged that mining industry’s incomes are being embezzled by powerful individuals and urged the

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Kam Air’s new Airbus A340 purchase will help conduct direct flights to US

Afghan private aviation company, Kam Air, has purchased an Airbus 340 airliner to widen their services and boost the aviation industry. Assembled in France, the airbus has the capacity to seat up to 375 passengers in the standard variants and

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Does Afghanistan really want entrepreneurs?

by Akbar Borran Afghanistan has targeted a transformation period between 2015 to 2024 to achieve self-sufficiency. The economy is heavily dependent on development aid and economy of war. This is not sustainable and can shrink or collapse at any time.

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Afghanistan harvests over 59,000 tons of cotton annually

The Afghan government has approached industrialists to present their plans and recommendations for way to revive the textile industry in Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces over 59,000 tons of cotton annually, but there are no cotton processing factories in the country. In

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Shops in downtown Kabul re-open two months after the deadly blast

Shops in Zanbaq Square, in the downtown Kabul, have re-opened two months after the deadly blast which left over 150 people dead and hundreds injured. According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the government plans to provide

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Afghan fruit traders protest against lack of access to international markets

A number of fruit traders in capital city of Kabul started a protest, complaining about lack of access to international markets. This comes as most of the fresh fruits this year went rotten at warehouses or fields due to lack

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Urban governance problems in Afghanistan call for immediate action

Rapid urbanization in Afghanistan has created grave challenges for Afghans, such as lack of access to safe drinking water, waste management resources and social services like healthcare, education and community spaces. In order to create a better understanding of recent

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Afghanistan to present its plans of achieving SDGs in the upcoming UN conference

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad will be representing Afghanistan in the upcoming UN conference where he will be presenting Afghanistan’s achievements and plans regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, Afghanistan was committed to implementing and achieving 17

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Afghanistan pledges commitment to WCO Arusha Convention

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi signed the commitment letter for the Arusha Convention of World Customs Organization (WCO) on Sunday in the presence of  Kunio Mikuriya-Seretary General of the and  Kazunari IGARASHI- Head of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Office for Capacity

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Germany to use Afghanistan’s lithium in its automotive industry

President Ashraf Ghani suggested using of Afghanistan’s lithium to German President Fank-Walter Steinmeier in Germany’s automotive industry. Steinmeier was on an announced visit in Afghanistan last week to meet German troops in Mazar-e-Sharif. President Ghani welcomed President Steinmeier to Kabul

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Afghan government signs $482.3mn grant with World Bank to fight poverty

The Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance today signed a financing package of $482.3 million in grants with the World Bank to help the country through a difficult phase in its struggle to end poverty. It signals a long-term commitment by both

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More Afghan farmers turning to soybean to fight malnutrition

For the past 12 years, Nutrition & Education International (NEI), an international non-governmental organization funded by the Republic of Korea, has significantly improved the health and well-being of thousands of malnourished women and children throughout Afghanistan – all with the

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Afghanistan’s academia discuss role of higher learning in shaping country’s future

USAID, in collaboration with the University Support and Workforce Program (USWDP) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), held a one-day University Chancellor’s Forum on July 11, 2017, to focus on the role of Afghan universities in shaping the future

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Delegates meet in Kabul to list priorities for upcoming RECCA summit agenda

Delegates from RECCA-affiliated countries attended a Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) meeting on Monday in Kabul, hosted by Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), to draw up the blueprint for the upcoming RECCA summit in November 2017. Projects

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NPC approves 19 contracts worth 3.6bn AFN

The National Procurement Commission (NPC), under the chairmanship of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, approved 19 contracts worth 3.6bn during its session on Monday. The approved contracts included: Construction and activation of 110kV transmission line from Salma Dam to Krokh station

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10 girls’ schools in Kabul receive sport equipment

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Sport for Development (S4D) program handed over a wide range of sports material to ten girls schools in Kabul on Sunday. Another ten schools located in Aibak in Samangan province will receive similar equipment during the next

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US contributes $20mn to WFP to provide food assistance to Afghanistan

A contribution of US$20 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will enable the World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan to provide food assistance to more than 577,000 people in need. Nearly 70 percent of the money will

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International community pledges continued political & financial support for Afghanistan

Afghan government officials briefed delegations from 29 countries and donor institutions on various issues including government’s efforts to combat corruption, increase national revenue and implement reforms in government institutions at the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) in Kabul. President

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Afghan government to build 20 more dams

The Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) plans to build at least 20 large and medium-sized dams in the country to improve management of water resources. This comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized the Afghan government’s water management and

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Afghans turning to US dollar for major business deals

The use of US dollar is becoming more prevalent among Afghan businessmen as Afghani currency remains unstable. Local businessmen find US dollar a more stable currency and use it in major deals including car deals, house purchases and land transactions.

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