Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region

Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report. Read More

A Broader View of Asian Poverty

Food insecurity and economic vulnerability should be included in a broader definition of poverty that could help policymakers develop more effective approaches, says new ADB report. Read More

US Treasury Awards Landmark Afghan Railway Project

The pioneering rail project in Afghanistan provides a cross-border trade link crucial to the country’s post-conflict economy. Read More

Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia

Developing Asia’s outlook remains on track despite slower-than-expected first-quarter growth in the United States. Read More


Afghanistan is a founding member of ADB, which was established in 1966. ADB resumed its partnership with the Government of Afghanistan after a hiatus from 1980 to 2001. ADB and other development partners support the Afghanistan National Development Strategy and national priority programs, which remain the agreed basis of the partnership. ADB is committed to support Afghanistan in the long term during the post-transition period beyond 2014. ADB recognizes the current political and security challenges and believes that positive economic activities and regional cooperation are key factors that will bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan.

As of 31 December 2013, cumulative lending reached $952.3 million. ADB's overall assistance is fully aligned with the government’s priorities in the infrastructure sectors - transport, energy, and natural resources - as well as economic management. ADB is taking a leading role through the Central Asia Regional Economic Corporation (CAREC) Program to connect Afghanistan with its immediate neighbors.

transport, and natural resources management

Fast Facts

27.52 (2013)
Population in millions

1.9% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

36.0% (2008)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
398.90 / 12.14
Agriculture (12)
742.60 / 22.60
Energy (11)
65.00 / 1.98
Finance (3)
5.70 / 0.17
Industry and Trade (1)
317.18 / 9.65
Multisector (2)
55.00 / 1.67
Public Sector (2)
1,702.10 / 51.79
Transport and ICT (16)
3,286.48 / 100.00
TOTAL (47)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013