A 100-km stretch of road is saving and improving lives and enhancing business opportunities in the north of Afghanistan, but it is just one small part of the 2,700-km ring road that is helping reconnect the country with Central Asia and the Middle East.
In Afghanistan, where only a fraction of the country's land is arable or cultivated, a grassroots initiative is helping farmers better preserve their crops and take their produce to market at more profitable prices
ADB established the first private sector commercial bank, post the Taliban regime in war-torn Afghanistan. The Afghanistan International Bank (AIB) helps finance small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as consumer and retail banking.
Kabul, Afghanistan - Habibulllah Hamidi makes gravel. The gravel is used to build roads, and the roads are supposed to bring progress. In Afghanistan, that's precious.
ADB is helping Afghanistan's largest telecom operator develop nationwide mobile phone infrastructure and expand cellular services.
Kabul, Afghanistan - Decades of conflict devastated Afghanistan's communication systems. Fixed telephone lines are virtually absent in a country with rugged terrain, limited electricity, poor roads and postal services, and an unstable security situation.
Today, as new trade routes connect landlocked Central Asia with the booming economies of South Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan's geographic position is proving a valuable asset.
Hairatan, Afghanistan - For centuries, Afghanistan's strategic location has been a liability, inviting unwanted attention from countries near and far. But today, as new trade routes connect landlocked Central Asia with the booming economies of South Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan's geographic position is proving a valuable asset.
Decades of conflict destroyed much of Afghanistan's physical infrastructure, including its road network. Rehabilitation and upgrading of the country's roads and highways is improving access to markets, enabling private investment, and expanding foreign trade - all key to Afghanistan's further economic progress.
Kabul - Safiullah, a taxi driver, has witnessed the improvements in Afghanistan's road network.