Afghanistan

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

New Zealand’s aid to Afghanistan is based in the Bamyan province and focuses on rural economic development, social development, community safety and justice.

Snapshot

  • Afghanistan has a population of around 30 million, with  500,000 in Bamyan Province.
  • Afghanistan struggled with poverty prior to the Russian invasion in 1979. Since then, on-going armed conflict and poor governance have hindered  Afghanistan's ability to develop, although some significant improvements have been made in the social sectors (for example, under five mortatlity rates).
  • Afghanistan ranks 175 on the Human Development Index, and results for Afghanistan in the the Human Poverty Index remain among the worst in the world.
  • The New Zealand Defence Force withdrew its Provincial Reconstruction Team in April 2013. For a summary of what New Zealand achieved in its 10 years leading the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan province, see New Zealand's Achievements from 10 years of Development Assistance in Bamyan (PDF 1.69mb), Afghanistan.

New Zealand Aid Programme activities 

 

By June 2013 New Zealand had spent NZ$80.36 million on development in Afghanistan.

New Zealand’s aid to Afghanistan has focused on Bamyan province in three priority areas: improved economic well-being (including agriculture and renewable energy); the delivery of education and health services; and improved community safety and justice.

 

Expenditure by sector to end of financial year 2012/2013

Economic development

In recognition of the essential role sustainable economic development plays in developing communities, New Zealand is supporting agricultural initiatives to lift farm productivity and build agri-business opportunities. The completion of Afghanistan's largest solar energy array (1MW) is expected to improve the enabling environment for promoting economic opportunities across Bamyan Province.

Tractors purchased for farmer cooperates in Bamyan
 

Solar arrays being built for the Bamyan Renewable Energy Programme

Social development

Health and education are key focal areas of New Zealand’s Aid Programme, with a particular focus on the health of women and children. Funding goes to provision of basic health services in remote communities and delivery of essential hospital services to the people of Bamyan Province. New Zealand is supporting an in-service teacher training programme and provision of resources for teachers.

Community safety and justice

New Zealand provides support to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), which is dedicated to the preservation of human rights and the investigation of human rights abuses.