Developing Asia To Extend Steady Growth in 2014

Higher demand from recovering advanced economies will be dampened somewhat by moderating growth in the PRC, says new ADB report. Read More

Middle-income Trap Holds Back Asia's Potential New Tiger Economies

Moving from a low-cost to a high-value economy requires innovative companies, an improved education system, and government incentives. Read More

Improving Roads, Power Plants and Electricity Grids in Afghanistan

Japan, the UK, and the US pledge $286 million to an ADB-administered fund dedicated to improving Afghanistan’s roads, power plants, and other key infrastructure. Read More

ADB President Nakao Reaffirms Support for Afghanistan

ADB is the largest infrastructure investor in Afghanistan and is planning to scale up operations in coming years. Read More


Afghanistan faces daunting challenges, including endemic poverty and lack of human capacity; insecurity; weak governance and institutionalized corruption; opium exports equal to 13% of gross domestic product; rampant gender inequality; and policy, regulatory, and institutional constraints that have limited economic growth.

ADB’s country partnership strategy  for Afghanistan identifies energy, transport, and natural resources management as priority sectors.

transport, and natural resources management

Fast Facts

27.03 (2012)
Population in millions

2.0% (2010-2012)
Annual population growth rate

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

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
167.80 / 17.62
Agriculture (8)
70.50 / 7.40
Energy (3)
5.00 / 0.53
Finance (1)
5.70 / 0.60
Industry and Trade (1)
48.00 / 5.04
Public Sector (1)
338.10 / 35.50
Transport and ICT (7)
317.18 / 33.31
Multisector (2)
952.28 / 100.00
TOTAL (23)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2012