Nationwide, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan is active in the areas of education, training and infrastructure expansion, paving the way for trade and economic growth.

Half of the Afghan population is still unable to read or write, and specialists often lack sufficient training due to vocational education frequently having little practical relevance and/or being delivered informally. However, economic development and level of education go hand in hand. The German government is working to promote nationwide programmes in the areas of primary and secondary education and vocational training. Teaching staff are being trained to provide more effective support to students and help them meet labour market needs. Many other initiatives are being undertaken too, such as the promotion of partnerships between educational institutions and businesses, and the introduction of internships.

Another issue is that large areas of the nation lack sufficient infrastructure. Efforts to expand electricity and water supplies, transport networks, schools and hospitals have only extended to certain areas of the country, and these services do not meet the needs of the population. The German Cooperation with Afghanistan therefore promotes civilian reconstruction, thus contributing to growth, trade, education and the country’s ongoing development.

Projects in Focus

Basic Education for Police Officers Afghanistan is facing challenges in establishing the rule of law. Very few police officers are adequately qualified for their work, and the idea of responding to citizens’ needs still holds very little importance for the Afghan National Police (ANP). more
Better Vocational Education and Training for All Young people in Afghanistan are struggling to find regular work. Of the around 3.2 million young people eligible to attend vocational school, only slightly more than two per cent graduate from a school-based vocational training programme. Many families cannot afford to send their children to a vocational school, even if the training is free. Twenty per cent of young people undergo traditional in-company training in small enterprises. more
Building Independence Decades of violent conflict have destroyed large parts of Afghanistan’s infrastructure. There is no extensive supply of electricity and water, nor are there enough schools and hospitals to meet people’s needs. more
Quality and Transparency of Development Projects Since 2009, the federal government has invested more than 3.8 billion euros in German cooperation with Afghanistan. This civil involvement is accompanied by critical public debate in both countries. The question often arises as to whether the funds are being used successfully and the desired objectives achieved. more
Transparency in the Mining Industry Afghanistan is a resource-rich country and could be a leading exporter of natural resources, if it mined its deposits in a sustainable and regulated manner. However, the mining sector is largely disorganised and controlled by anti-government groups. Illegal mining and corruption are depriving the Afghan state of substantial revenues, hampering the economic and social development of the country. more

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