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.