The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country with a population of around 30 million people inhabiting an area of approximately 647,500 km2. It is the 42nd most populous and 41st largest nation in the world. Three decades of war have led to many developmental challenges for Afghanistan. Approximately 40% of the country lives below the poverty line (less than US$1.25 per day) and at least 70% of the country’s population is considered illiterate. Basic services — water, sanitation, education and transport — have been greatly affected by the long history of conflict and insurgency.

Over the last decade, the Government of Afghanistan has been working with development partners to address these challenges. With support from PFSA the Afghan Government is developing the National Green Urban Transport Strategy. The core of the strategy is to promote and strengthen public transport and non-motorized transport, which will increase access to employment and education opportunities for the residents of the country.

PFSA is also supporting the Young Women for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Employment project to go beyond traditional approaches to gender and youth inclusion in economic activities and labor markets, by exploring opportunities emerging from the global virtual economy and the use of Information ICTs.

Projects

Grant Title Project Status Programs Funded Objective
Afghanistan - Young Women for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Employment Closed South Asia Gender initiative
Afghanistan - Development of a Gender and Justice Survey Toolkit Closed South Asia Gender initiative To enhance strategic analytical work on gender in the justice sector by developing and disseminating a quantitative survey toolkit. The toolkit is intended to support practitioners in governments, the World Bank, and other development agencies in the social and justice sectors in undertaking quantitative surveys among households and justice service providers.
Young Women for of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Employment in Afghanistan Approved progress South Asia Gender initiative To go beyond traditional approaches to gender and youth inclusion in economic activities and labor markets, by exploring opportunities emerging from the global virtual economy and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)