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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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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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Poverty gaining ground in Afghanistan

According to the Poverty Status Update report, a joint effort of the Government of Afghanistan and the World Bank, poverty has gained grounds strongly amidst security and political transition. ” The transition period between 2011-12 and 2013-14 leading to the

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Poverty Reduction in Afghanistan: Despite Economic Growth, Widening Inequality

Strong economic growth during the pre-transition period of 2007-08 to 2011-12 did not reduce poverty and contributed instead to widening inequality in Afghanistan. According to the latest Afghanistan Poverty Status Update, which was jointly produced by the Government of the

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Poverty reduction program kicks off in Herat

Poverty reduction programs in rural areas worth 170mn AFN have been initiated simultaneously in four districts of Herat province. Governor Rahimi called on transparency in the implementation of the programs and emphasized that qualified people must be hired for these

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Afghan Government Needs to Lead and Coordinate Poverty Eradication, Youth Empowerment Initiatives

By Ahmad Masoud: The unemployment and poverty levels have remained significantly high in Afghanistan where USD641.7 billion has been spent in military, reconstruction and civilian aid in the past 10 years. The results of a survey by the Asia Foundation,

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UK donates £47 million for poverty-stricken Afghan girls' education projects

The UK government has pledged a grant of £47 million to fund education projects for underprivileged young girls of Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between UK’s Development Secretary Justine Greening and Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar

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UK donates £47 million for poverty-stricken Afghan girls’ education projects

The UK government has pledged a grant of £47 million to fund education projects for underprivileged young girls of Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between UK’s Development Secretary Justine Greening and Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar

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President Karzai calls attention to child labor problems in Afghanistan

President Hamid Karzai called on human rights institutions and children rights institution to address the issue of child labor in Afghanistan. Poverty-struck families send their children out  to carry out harsh manual labor to bring in food to the families.

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Poppy cultivation decreased in Helmand

According to local officials, poppy cultivation has been curtailed in Helmand, Afghanistan’s leading producer of opium. The officials have credited the efforts by the security forces in destroying poppy fields and opium production facilities for the decline in poppy cultivation

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Afghanistan’s economy since 2002

According to a report by BBC, Afghanistan has witnessed a 70% increase in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since 2002. The GDP has increased from USD 3bn in 2002 to USD 20bn in 2012. The central bank’s foreign exchange reserves

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Unemployment in Bamyan on its rise

While many Bamyan dwellers are concerned about the high unemployment in the province, officials have said that providing employment opportunities to everyone is beyond their capability. These concerns come as the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) have left Bamyan.

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IFAD pledges funds to improve food security in Afghanistan

Despite the influx of billions of dollars of foreign aid and development in the country’s trade and construction sectors, Afghanistan remains to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Food insecurity is one of the byproducts of  the

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High committee to assess the implementation of the National Development Strategy

The high committee held its very first meeting on assessing the implementation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) in the Ministry of Economy on Monday. Spokesperson to the Ministry Najibullah Amin said the meeting was attended by 30 deputies

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Artist to unleash 10,000 pink balloons on Kabul

Despite grinding poverty and more than three decades of war, a New York-based artist believes 10,000 pink balloons can help bring peace and happiness to Afghans on the streets of Kabul. Yazmany Arboleda has already unleashed coloured balloons in India,

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Poor face choice between food and medicine as winter sets in

In the gray light of each cold dawn, the parents of 10-month-old Shoaib hold their own breath as they listen for the rasp of his, waiting to see whether their coughing, feverish little boy has survived another night. Winter’s chill

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Fuel prices increasing in Afghanistan with the arrival of the winter

A number of Kabul residents complain about the rising prices of fuel and urge the government to take measures to resolve the issue. The coming winter accompanied by the government’s failure to curb rising fuel prices in the country has

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Afghanistan ministry of education to build houses for teachers

According to the officials from the Ministry of Education, a contract has been signed to build a residential apartment for nearly a thousand destitute teachers in Kabul. Education Deputy Minister Mohammad Sidiq Patman signed the contract on Wednesday with Ikramudin

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Decline and Stagnation: Why Rural Afghans are Staying Poor

Despite the influx of millions of foreign aid, rural communities across large parts of Afghanistan are getting poorer. A recent study by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit has investigated the factors that have crippled the situation in rural areas

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