Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 36% of the population living below the poverty line.
For three decades, wars and conflicts have been the biggest barriers to Afghanistan’s development and have caused breakdowns in the social, economic and political structures.
There is an urgent need to secure lasting peace to give the country’s economy a chance to function normally, and to enable state institutions to meet people’s basic needs and defend their rights.
The position of women and girls in Afghanistan is still far from enviable. While 43% of Afghan males are literate, less than 13% of females are, and Afghanistan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.
Together with our partners, we are working to try to help people lead normal lives. Our rural development work helps them to develop and improve their farming and sell surplus crops.
Natural disasters, such as droughts and floods, have compounded the effects of conflicts, causing displacement and the loss of assets and resources.
We work alongside local authorities and communities to respond to these emergencies with humanitarian and development programmes.