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DFID Kabul, Afghanistan


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DFID funded Safron project, HeratExternal linkSecuring Afghanistan's future - why the UK is in Afghanistan

Following decades of turmoil and conflict, Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Because of conflict and insecurity, the people of Afghanistan have for years been denied the basic services that we take for granted, like health care and schooling. Although some real progress is being made, Afghanistan is currently off track to meet all Millennium Development Goals.


  • One in 4 Afghan children dies before their fifth birthday;
  • More than half of the population are thought to live below $1 a day

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Progress since 2001

  • Over 5 million children are now in school, over a third of them girls – a stark contrast to when it was illegal for girls to go to school;
  • 4.8 million refugees have returned home;
  • 40, 000 fewer babies die each year compared to under the Taliban rule
  • The number of functioning health clinics has increased by 60%.
  • The proportion of women receiving antenatal care increased from 5% in 2003 to 30% in 2006.
  • The legal economy grew by 8% in 2006/07
  • 70% of registered voters participated in the 2004 Presidential elections
  • 51% of registered voters participated in the 2005 Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections.

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DFID in Afghanistan

PM Tony Blair & President Karzai sign DPASince 2001, the Department for International Development has spent over 490m on reconstruction and development in Afghanistan. The UK is Afghanistan’s second largest bilateral donor, after the US, spending over 100m in 06/07. Over the last three years the size of DFID’s programme has grown substantially and further increases are planned in future years. In 2007/08 we expect to spend 107m, rising to 115m in 2008/09.

At the external linkLondon Conference on Afghanistan in January 2006, the Prime Minister Tony Blair and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a ten-year Development Partnership Arrangement, showing the UK’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan. This includes a commitment of 330m of development assistance to Afghanistan over three years from 2006 - 9 as part of a total UK package of 500m - which includes funding for other activities such as counter-narcotics.

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Last updated: 19 June 2007

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