Life in Afghanistan has been marked for more than 30 years by armed conflicts and ethnic tensions. The progress that has already been made in development is under threat, while much has already been achieved: per capita income in Afghanistan has quadrupled since 2002, and the number of children which are able to go to school has at times risen from one million to around 12 million boys and girls. The Corona pandemic limited school attendance for several months.
KfW Development Bank has supported Afghanistan, with its nearly 40 million inhabitants, in its economic and social development. Many challenges were faced in terms of supplying people with water and energy, road construction, providing good vocational training, establishing telemedicine, and improving the economic opportunities of small and medium-sized enterprises.
The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated drastically and remains highly dynamic. Government development cooperation is currently suspended due to the current developments.