Badakhshan

This mountainous province in north-eastern Afghanistan borders with Tajikistan, China and Pakistan and consists of 28 districts. The main language is Dari.

With poorly developed infrastructure, regularly occurring natural disasters and many people lacking access to health care, drinking water and energy supplies, the province continues to face obstacles when it comes to economic growth and development. Agriculture is one of the main sources of income for Badakhshan’s 960,000 or so residents. Nonetheless, the province is rich in natural resources, some of which are already being mined.

Small mountain villages are not connected to the provincial transport network. Therefore, work is being undertaken to further expand the network, the main aim being to connect Badakhshan with Afghanistan’s other regions. The provincial capital Feyzabad also has an airport, which is currently used by aid organisations, the United Nations, the military and commercial flights.

For many years, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan has been working in Badakhshan in the areas of education, administrative reform, the rule of law, economic development, disaster prevention, food security, and drinking water and energy supply. A wide range of infrastructure initiatives have helped to effect change and improve local people’s living conditions.

This section provides you with an overview of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan’s activities in Badakhshan.

Projects in Focus

Building for political stability Since the end of the civil war in Afghanistan, significant progress has been made in civil reconstruction in northern Afghanistan. Urgently needed basic services were created in the areas of education, access to water and medical care. However, state institutions are still barely able to provide the population with basic services and public care. more
Citizen-Focused Policing At present, the Afghan National Police (ANP) are not fully able to perform their tasks of enforcing law and order and responding to citizens enquiries. Police work is made difficult not only by the tense security situation in Afghanistan. more
Clean Energy as a Driver of Development A regular electricity supply is something very few Afghans can take for granted. Although the Afghan government is implementing a new master plan for the electricity sector and has a national strategy for renewable energy, still only around a quarter of the population are connected to the power grid. more
Cross-Border Development and Cooperation Life in the border regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan is difficult, not least because of the prevailing natural conditions. The landscape of north-eastern Afghanistan, where the country borders Tajikistan and Pakistan, is characterised by mountains, glaciers and gorges. People living further south, along the border with Pakistan, have to contend with the harsh conditions of steppes and deserts. Temperatures are extreme, with bitterly cold winters in the mountains and intense heat in summer in the steppes and deserts. more
Drinking Water for Northern Afghanistan Clean drinking water is a scarce commodity for people living in Afghanistan. Although the supply of clean water has improved, the Afghan population often only has access to polluted drinking water, which frequently results in cholera, typhoid fever and diarrhoeal diseases. more
Electricity for Development For most households and enterprises in Afghanistan, a reliable power supply is inconceivable. Only around 30 per cent of the population is connected to the electricity grid, one of the lowest rates worldwide. The situation is particularly bad in northern Afghanistan, where only few towns and villages are connected to the grid. more
Greater Stability in Northern Afghanistan Living conditions are difficult in remote northern parts of Afghanistan. Most inhabitants depend on agriculture and animal husbandry for their livelihoods. There are few other jobs with better earning opportunities. more
Improving Education for a Better Future for Afghanistan A good education is scarce for children in northern Afghanistan. According to UNICEF, 3.7 million school-age children in Afghanistan do not attend school – 60 per cent of them girls. War and armed conflicts have left deep scars. In many locations, teaching is taking place in tents and dilapidated buildings, even today. more
Legal certainty for all citizens The Afghan Constitution, adopted in 2004, guarantees equal rights for men and women. This is also reflected in the international human rights treaties signed by Afghanistan. While many new laws and policy programmes adhere to the spirit of the new legal system, their implementation is slow. more
Strengthening Governance Structures for Better Infrastructure The living conditions in northern Afghanistan continue to be poor. The majority of the population has only limited access to basic infrastructure and public services. There is a lack of roads, bridges, clean drinking water, irrigation systems for agriculture, energy supply, flood protection, and schools, among other things. more
Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion Economic growth in Afghanistan has been stagnating for years. The difficult security situation in the country and the political uncertainty are having a negative impact on the investment climate and the job market. The many returnees and internally displaced persons further exacerbate the already strained labour market. more

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