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