Afghanistan: Articles

Read about development issues relevant to Afghanistan.

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  • October 2014

    Witness to Development: Images of an Asia and the Pacific in Transition

    A collection of images captures the spirit of Asia and the Pacific in transition from poverty to plenty as viewed through the lens of renowned photographers from across the region.
  • May 2014

    47th Annual Meeting - Rethinking Asia's Challenges at the Crossroads of the Silk Road

    ADB's 47th Annual Meeting, held in Astana from 2 to 5 May, saw much discussion on connectivity, innovation, and the need to keep up with the demands of a changing Asia and Pacific.
  • March 2014

    Middle-income Trap Holds Back Asia's Potential New Tiger Economies: 12 Things to Know

    After years of rapid growth, many countries in Asia have advanced to middle-income status. The transition from middle income to high income, however, can be a slow process. Here are 12 things to know about overcoming the so-called middle-income trap in the region.
  • October 2013

    Regional Cooperation and Economic Development in Central Asia

    In an increasingly integrated world, regional cooperation is key to the long-term prosperity of nations. Here are 12 things to know about regional cooperation among the countries in Central Asia and between Central Asia and its neighbors.
  • November 2012

    Afghanistan: Afghan road workers learn about HIV/AIDS

    An innovative ADB project in Afghanistan introduces safe sex practices in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • April 2012

    Central Asia and the New Silk Road

    The thriving east-west trade that once prospered along the famed Silk Road is slowly being restored to its former glory through transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation program. Here are 12 facts and figures on the New Silk Road.
  • November 2011

    Central Asia Economy and Regional Trade

    The thriving east-west trade that once spanned Central Eurasia along the famed Silk Road may soon be restored to its former glory thanks to growing transport and trade links being rolled out under the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program. Since the launch of CAREC a decade ago, the 10 member countries from the Caucasus, Central, East and South Asia and six multilateral institutions have been working closely together to construct transport corridors, promote energy security, and remove trade barriers.
  • September 2011

    Afghanistan and the Modern Silk Road

    For many centuries, the ancient Silk Road was Afghanistan's only contact with the outside world. Three decades of conflict has cost Afghanistan dearly, destroying whatever little infrastructure existed. Afghanistan is in dire need of a modern infrastructure, sound basic services, good governance and efficient institutions. Rehabilitating the existing road network is a high priority for the Afghan government and the international community has been helping the country to rebuild shattered road and rail network.
  • September 2011

    The Asian Development Bank, Afghanistan and the Modern Silk Road

    The Asian Development Bank has just approved $754 million in assistance to rebuild Afghanistan's shattered road and rail network, bringing to more than $2 billion the amount it has contributed to the country's reconstruction over the past decade.