ADB's Work in Afghanistan
Shareholding and Voting Power
Number of shares held:
3,585 (0.034% of total shares)
42,699 (0.321% of total membership, 0.493% of total regional membership)
Overall capital subscription:
Paid-in capital subscription:
Afghanistan was a founding member of ADB in 1966 and has since been supported by the bank over two periods.
View of downtown Mazar-e-Sharif Afghanistan
Resuming its partnership with the country after a hiatus from 1980 to 2001, ADB—in collaboration with other development partners—is supporting Afghanistan’s national development strategies and priority programs to establish a stronger foundation for sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
Despite marked improvements since the resumption of operations in 2002, Afghanistan still faces a severe infrastructure deficit. Under the country partnership strategy, 2017–2021 and the country operations business plan, 2020–2022, ADB focuses on developing infrastructure and directs its financial assistance mainly to improvements in agriculture and natural resources, energy, and transport.
Since 1966 until the end of December 2019, ADB has committed $4,911.86 million in grants and provided $107.5 million in technical assistance to Afghanistan. These amounts include ADB-administered cofinancing as well. Cumulative lending totals $967.1 million.