Afghanistan and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB was one of the first organizations to return to Afghanistan in 2002 when the country needed help. The reconstruction work is part of a decade long partnership that has transformed lives in the country.
War-torn, landlocked, and isolated, Afghanistan needed to facilitate the safe, efficient, and timely passage of international humanitarian aid and trade goods.
The Afghanistan country operations business plan 2017–2019 will continue to focus on infrastructure development in transport, energy, and agriculture and natural resources.
Afghanistan was a founding member of ADB in 1966 and has since been supported by ADB over two periods.
Resuming its partnership with Afghanistan after a hiatus from 1980 to 2001, ADB—in collaboration with other development partners—supports the country’s development in the transport, energy, natural resources, and economic management sectors. Cumulative lending to Afghanistan total almost $1 billion, and approved grants total $3.3 billion.
ADB assistance is fully on budget and aligned with the government’s strategies and its national priority programs, which are the agreed foundations of the partnership.
Afghanistan is a member of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program.
Projects in Afghanistan
- Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program (Solar), Tranche 3 (Formerly MFF II: Energy Development 2014-2023)
- Second Support for Infrastructure Investments and Policy
- Road Asset Management Project - Additional Financing
- Horticulture Value Chain Development Sector Project
- Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Investment Program
Average annual population growth rate in Afghanistan (2011-2016)
Maternal mortality ratio in Afghanistan, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Population in Afghanistan, in millions (2016)
Population living below the national poverty line in Afghanistan (2015)