The northern Afghan province of Baghlan is situated at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountain range and consists of 16 districts. Most of the province’s 920,000 or so residents speak Dari. Baghlan is known as a transit region, with all traffic between Kabul and Afghanistan’s Central Asian neighbours passing through this northern province. Nonetheless, the poor road conditions makes it difficult for the local population to get to the provincial capital and other destinations. Additionally, many villages are not connected to the electricity supply.

In the majority of the province’s districts, people largely make their living from agricultural produce. However, the provincial capital Pol-e Khomri has a longstanding mining heritage.

The German Cooperation with Afghanistan has been working in Baghlan province for many years. It runs programmes in a range of areas, including agricultural and economic development, the rule of law, road construction, water and energy supply, and administrative reform. The various programmes have helped to effect change and improve the living conditions of local people.

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

Projects in Focus

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
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
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
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

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