Afghanistan: Country Partnership Strategy (2017-2021)

Institutional Document | October 2017

This Country Partnership Strategy defines ADB's strategic approach in Afghanistan for 2017–2021 and focuses on achieving inclusive growth in a fragile and conflict-affected situation.

In response to development challenges in Afghanistan, the country partnership strategy (CPS) aims to establish a stronger foundation for more inclusive and sustainable growth and to prevent the poverty rate from worsening. The CPS will build on the strong partnership that has been established between ADB and Afghanistan, and enhance the effectiveness and inclusiveness of ADB operations.

The CPS will integrate various approaches to fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS). ADB will base its operations on three strategic pillars: (i) expanded access for women and men to economic opportunities, markets, and services; (ii) stronger institutions and human capacities; and (iii) increased environmental sustainability, climate change resilience, and disaster resilience. ADB operations will continue to focus on its three priority sectors—energy, transport, and agriculture and natural resources (ANR)—based on its comparative advantages in the country, the government’s request for assistance in these areas, and lessons and recommendations from past engagement defined in the CPS final review and validation report by ADB's Independent Evaluation Department.

This document is being disclosed to the public prior to its consideration by ADB’s Board of Directors in accordance with ADB’s Public Communications Policy 2011.


  • Country at a Glance
  • Country Partnership Strategy Snapshot
  • Country Development Context
  • Country Strategy Framework
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Afghanistan


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