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 Of the 26.5 million people in Afghanistan, approximately 20.1 million persons live within rural areas. Given the lack of accessibility to basic services in rural areas, it is unsurprising that overall, the standard of living in Afghanistan, measured in terms of gross national income (GNI) per capita, one of the indicators comprising the human development index (HDI), is very low even in comparison to other low HDI countries according to the UNDP. GNI per capita (adjusted for purchasing power parity) was USD 1,885 as compared to USD 3,085 for low HDI countries and USD 5,605 in South Asia (UNDP, 2015).

Under the new strategic plan, the following rural development and social protection related objectives have been identified:
• To facilitate social protection, conflict management and cultural promotion in a comprehensive and equitable manner in communities;

• To help individuals, households, and communities through sustainable livelihood initiatives;
• To raise awareness of local people, empower communities and lay a foundation for local governance;
• To facilitate women in raising income through multiple measures.

is funded by the government of Afghanistan aimed to lay the foundations for a strengthening of community level governance, and to support community-managed...

Facilitate social, cultural and economic development of the country through active participation of the communities.

 

 

Afghan women face severe difficulties resulting from a wide range of social and economic factors.