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Key Achievements

  • From 2003–17, the National Solidarity Program and 31 partners, including IDA, have worked through community development councils (CDCs) to identify and implement 122,430 small-scale reconstruction and development activities, including projects to improve water supply and sanitation, rural roads, irrigation, power, health, and education. The program has generated over 66 million days of work for skilled and unskilled workers and has helped establish 45,751 community development councils across Afghanistan that are democratically elected through secret ballot.

  • From 2013–18, 39,867 people benefited from a project to develop job skills and increase incomes for graduates of technical and vocational schools.

  • From 2013–18, 650 kilometers of gravel-surfaced secondary roads and 260 kilometers of asphalt surfaced secondary roads were rehabilitated and 2,360 rural roads were constructed. 1,480 meters of bridges were constructed on secondary roads. During the same time, 2.7 million jobs were created along these roads.

  • From 2013–18/19, 1,450 kilometers of tertiary roads and 1,840 meters of bridges on tertiary roads were completed, and more than 3,500 kilometers of tertiary roads have been maintained.

  • 20.4 million rural people were provided with access to an all-season road in 2018, up from 13.6 million in 2013. During the same period, the share of the rural population with access to an all-season road went up from 58% to 89%.

  • From 2010–18, 81,880 people were provided with sustainable employment opportunities through rural enterprises, with women making up 52% of the beneficiaries. 71% of SMEs supported by the project, 28% of which were female-owned, reported increased revenue.

  • From 2017–18, 860 hectares of grape, apple, almond, pomegranate, peach, and apricot were planted under a horticulture and livestock productivity project. In 2018, 370 hectares of pistachio groves in the northern region were established.

  • From 2013–18, 27.4 million animals were vaccinated against Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs), Zoonoses and production diseases. 453,239 producers were provided with technical assistance on improved production practices.

  • From 2013–18, 52,500 people benefited from easier access to financial services for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The outstanding loan portfolio went up from USD 19.3 million in 2013 to USD 26.7 million in 2018. Microfinance loan portfolio went up from USD 92.4 million in 2013 to USD 121.4 million in 2018. During the same period, five financial institutions have introduced new processes, policies, or products to improve financial services for households and MSMEs.

  • Student enrollment in universities in priority degree programs for economic development increased from 64,200 in 2015 to 79,479 in 2018. The number of full-time academic staff with at least a master’s degree went up from 700 in 2017 to 1,360 in 2018.

  • From 2015–18, 209 scholarships were awarded to full-time faculty with master’s degrees in priority disciplines. During the same period, 665 full-time academic staff were trained in outcome-based education and student-centered learning.

  • In 2018, 10 public universities have developed and implemented institutional development policies in line with the National Higher Education Strategic Plan.

Key Achievements

  • From 2003–17, the National Solidarity Program and 31 partners, including IDA, have worked through community development councils (CDCs) to identify and implement 122,430 small-scale reconstruction and development activities, including projects to improve water supply and sanitation, rural roads, irrigation, power, health, and education. The program has generated over 66 million days of work for skilled and unskilled workers and has helped establish 45,751 community development councils across Afghanistan that are democratically elected through secret ballot.

  • From 2013–18, 39,867 people benefited from a project to develop job skills and increase incomes for graduates of technical and vocational schools.

  • From 2013–18, 650 kilometers of gravel-surfaced secondary roads and 260 kilometers of asphalt surfaced secondary roads were rehabilitated and 2,360 rural roads were constructed. 1,480 meters of bridges were constructed on secondary roads. During the same time, 2.7 million jobs were created along these roads.

  • From 2013–18/19, 1,450 kilometers of tertiary roads and 1,840 meters of bridges on tertiary roads were completed, and more than 3,500 kilometers of tertiary roads have been maintained.

  • 20.4 million rural people were provided with access to an all-season road in 2018, up from 13.6 million in 2013. During the same period, the share of the rural population with access to an all-season road went up from 58% to 89%.

  • From 2010–18, 81,880 people were provided with sustainable employment opportunities through rural enterprises, with women making up 52% of the beneficiaries. 71% of SMEs supported by the project, 28% of which were female-owned, reported increased revenue.

  • From 2017–18, 860 hectares of grape, apple, almond, pomegranate, peach, and apricot were planted under a horticulture and livestock productivity project. In 2018, 370 hectares of pistachio groves in the northern region were established.

  • From 2013–18, 27.4 million animals were vaccinated against Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs), Zoonoses and production diseases. 453,239 producers were provided with technical assistance on improved production practices.

  • From 2013–18, 52,500 people benefited from easier access to financial services for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The outstanding loan portfolio went up from USD 19.3 million in 2013 to USD 26.7 million in 2018. Microfinance loan portfolio went up from USD 92.4 million in 2013 to USD 121.4 million in 2018. During the same period, five financial institutions have introduced new processes, policies, or products to improve financial services for households and MSMEs.

  • Student enrollment in universities in priority degree programs for economic development increased from 64,200 in 2015 to 79,479 in 2018. The number of full-time academic staff with at least a master’s degree went up from 700 in 2017 to 1,360 in 2018.

  • From 2015–18, 209 scholarships were awarded to full-time faculty with master’s degrees in priority disciplines. During the same period, 665 full-time academic staff were trained in outcome-based education and student-centered learning.

  • In 2018, 10 public universities have developed and implemented institutional development policies in line with the National Higher Education Strategic Plan.

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