Afghanistan and ADB
In the Spotlight
A private bank in Afghanistan is helping create thousands of jobs by providing loans that small and medium-sized enterprises desperately need to start or expand their businesses. Read this and more stories from Together We Deliver 2015, a publication highlighting successful projects that demonstrate development impact, best practices, and innovation across Asia and the Pacific.
In Afghanistan’s Bamyan province, new storage facilities mean potato farmers can sell their produce in the off-season for up to triple the price.
The shareholders of TAPI Pipeline Company Limited (TPCL) signed an Investment Agreement in a ceremony witnessed by petroleum ministers and senior government officials of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, and senior ADB officials. The agreement will pave the way for delivery of a long-term supply of natural gas, supporting Afghanistan’s energy needs and helping it rebuild links with neighboring “Silk Road” countries.
ADB mobilizes additional resources from its own funds and from other donors, through the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund, to expand the scope of infrastructure investments in the country.
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.
Projects in Afghanistan
- Panj-Amu River Basin Sector Project
- Road Asset Management Project
- Preparation of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Corridors 5 and 6 (Salang Corridor) Project
- Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program (Solar), Tranche 3 (Formerly MFF II: Energy Development 2014-2023)
- Energy Supply Improvement Investment Program Tranche 2 (Formerly Multitranche Financing Facility II: Energy Development 2014-2023)
Population living below the national poverty line in Afghanistan (2014)
Maternal mortality ratio, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Afghanistan (2010-2015)
Population in Afghanistan, in millions (2015)