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

Building Afghanistan's New Railway as Lifesaving Link

ADB has helped open up Afghanistan to increased trade and commerce through the construction of a new rail system. Read More

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. Read More

Central Asian Corridor Links Europe and East Asia

In Central Asia, a railway and road network links Europe to East Asia, traversing the Russian Federation border to the People’s Republic of China via Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic. 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