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Afghanistan : State Building, Sustaining Growth, and Reducing Poverty


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    Afghanistan has come a long way since emerging from major conflict in late 2001. Important political milestones mandated by the Bonn Agreement (two Loya Jirgas, a new Constitution, recently the Presidential election) have been achieved. The economy has recovered strongly, growing by nearly 50 percent cumulatively in the last two years (not including drugs). Some three million internally- and externally-displaced Afghans have returned to their country/home.More than four million children, a third of them girls, are in school, and immunization campaigns have achieved considerable success. The Government has supported good economic performance by following prudent macroeconomic policies; it has begun to build capacity and has developed the nationally-led budget process and made the budget into its central instrument of reform; and it has made extraordinary efforts to develop key national programs (for example public-works employment programs and community development programs) and to revive social services like education and health.

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    This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 7318 and published in 2005.

    ISBN: 978-0-8213-6095-8
    Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:7318

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    Keywords: Poverty Reduction - Achieving Shared Growth Health Monitoring and Evaluation Environmental Economics and Policies Poverty Reduction - Poverty Assessment Governance - Governance Indicators;


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    1. Pain, Adam, 2004. "Understanding Village Institutions: Case Studies On Water Management From Faryab And Saripul," Case Studies, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit 14639, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
    2. Rodrik, Dani, 2003. "Growth Strategies," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 4100, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Friedman, Eric & Johnson, Simon & Kaufmann, Daniel & Zoido-Lobaton, Pablo, 2000. "Dodging the grabbing hand: the determinants of unofficial activity in 69 countries," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 76(3), pages 459-493, June.
    4. Pain, Adam & Goodhand, Jonathan, 2002. "Afghanistan : the current employment and socio-economic situation and prospects," ILO Working Papers, International Labour Organization 352218, International Labour Organization.
    5. Fan, Shenggen & Zhang, Linxiu & Zhang, Xiaobo, 2002. "Growth, inequality, and poverty in rural China: the role of public investments," Research reports, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 125, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    6. Klein, Michael, 2003. "Ways out of poverty : diffusing best practices and creating capabilities - perspectives on policies for poverty reduction," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 2990, The World Bank.
    7. Rubin, Barnett R., 2000. "The Political Economy of War and Peace in Afghanistan," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(10), pages 1789-1803, October.
    8. Marianne Fay & Danny Leipziger & Quentin Wodon & Tito Yepes, 2003. "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals : The role of infrastructure," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 3163, The World Bank.
    9. Binswanger, Hans P. & Aiyar, Swaminathan, 2003. "Scaling up community-driven development : theoretical underpinnings and program design implications," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 3039, The World Bank.
    10. Daniel Cohen & Marcelo Soto, 2002. "Why are Some Countries so Poor?: Another Look at the Evidence and a Message of Hope," OECD Development Centre Working Papers, OECD Publishing 197, OECD Publishing.
    11. Grace, Jo, 2004. "Gender Roles In Agriculture: Case Studies Of Five Villages In Northern Afghanistan," Case Studies, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit 14637, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
    12. Pain, Adam & Lautze, Sue, 2002. "Addressing Livelihoods In Afghanistan," Issues Papers, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit 14647, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
    13. Coke, Alexia, 2004. "Wheat Seed And Agriculture Programming In Afghanistan: Its Potential To Impact On Livelihoods," Case Studies, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit 14631, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit.
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