Our Commitment


After three decades of war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters, Afghanistan’s economy and infrastructure are in ruins. Despite recent progress, millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty. This landlocked country remains one of the poorest in the world. Insecurity is a growing concern. Insurgent activity and military operations affect food security in some regions and undermine reconstruction efforts. While life expectancy has increased slightly in recent years, many of the country’s health indicators are alarming: Afghanistan suffers from one of the highest levels of maternal mortality in the world (396 deaths per 100,000 live births). The Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women, adopted in 2009, remains largely unenforced. In a 2008 survey of 4,700 Afghan women, 87.2% had experienced at least one form of physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage in their lifetimes. 85.1% of women have no formal education and 74% of girls drop out of school by 5th grade. (Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
61 years
Human Development Index
171 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
< 0.1%
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

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