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Afghanistan - Country snapshot (English)

Economic recovery is slow as continued insecurity curtails private investment and consumer demand. Growth remains principally driven by agriculture. The fiscal position remained strong in the first half of 2017. Poverty has increased since the start of the international troop withdrawal in 2011 and amid the resulting decline in economic growth. Afghanistan faces numerous political challenges as it fights the insurgency. On August 21, the US announced its new strategy for Afghanistan, calling for a modest increase in troops and a stronger regional approach. Parliamentary and district council elections are scheduled for July 07, 2018. World Bank Group engagement pursues a programmatic approach to support the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF). Advisory work and operations focus on macro-fiscal management and institution building, stimulating private investments and growth, governance and anti-corruption, human development and service delivery, citizen engagement and gender equality, and urbanization, infrastructure and connectivity.


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    Afghanistan - Country snapshot

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    Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations;Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise;Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building;applications for employment;Targeting the Ultra Poor;access to financial service;Micro and Small Enterprises;environmental and social management;operation and maintenance expenditure;quality assurance and accreditation;participation of local community;financial sector development strategy;tax and customs administration;delivery of health services;access to finance;quality basic education;national payment system;improved production practices;on-farm water management;horticulture and livestock;financial sector infrastructure;safety and reliability;international good practice;external peer review;domestic revenue mobilization;quality and relevance;human capital investment;procurement and distribution;irrigation command area;supply of electricity;approach to training;female unemployment rate;animal health surveillance;community and school;electronic payment system;dam safety measure;job placement rate;access to skill;skilled labor force;incidence of poverty;consumer price index;grid electricity supply;public credit registry;capacity building plan;Access to Electricity;fruit and vegetable;Foreign Exchange Reserve;foreign aid inflow;investment climate reform;electricity distribution system;Private Sector Growth;kv transmission line;operations and maintenance;wastage of water;fertilizer quality control;core banking system;teacher training college;implementation of reform;salaries and wages;economic policy reform;reducing water loss;Support for Agriculture;commercial bank;private investment;financial system;agricultural productivity;irrigation scheme;agricultural input;Higher Education;microfinance sector;citizen engagement;degree program;power utilities;public university;security situation;Financial Stability;grain reserve;equitable access;installed capacity;power utility;fiscal position;teacher competency;Vocational Training;grant funding;tertiary canal;investment lending;storage facility;Power Generation;Technical Training;female candidate;seed sector;financial intermediation;grid densification;grid supply;target beneficiary;wheat seed;telecommunication sector;fiscal reliance;local condition;physical rehabilitation;Advisory services;electricity service;incentive structure;hydropower plant;grid access;data system;Gender Equality;wheat variety;Programmatic Approach;Investment Support;social mobilization;farm level;institutional audit;water use;Job Creation;irrigation association;civil works;financial infrastructure;seed production;physical work;procurement process;grid connection;international standard;agriculture sector;incentive payment;local population;kv substation;distribution network;development partner;global knowledge;forced displacement;sustainable solution;Host Communities;Client Engagement;social sustainability;grid extension;safe operation;sustainable operation;project costing;currency fluctuation;rehabilitation need;load center;distribution investment;staff capacity;Micro Hydropower;engineering study;regulatory capacity;power outage;received advice;safety improvement;financing mechanism;tax policy;financial audits;benefit sharing;local development;financial inclusion;national budget;fiscal outcome;urban household;eligibility criterion;contribution base;power supply;bank finance;implementing partner;banking loans;grid code;lending decision;payment transaction;financial innovation;incentive scheme;financial regulator;financial planning;payment infrastructure;small school;institutional system;international training;Curriculum Reform;international body;technical competency;pedagogical skill;school administrator;consultative body;competitive bidding;sustainable system;professional knowledge;administrative structure;education statistic;school level;solar system;caloric intake;supply shortages;annual consumption;health practice;regular training;poultry producer;community participation;Education Services



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