Afghanistan - Economic development

As of 2002, the World Bank was managing an Afghan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to assist the Interim Administration in funding physical reconstruction projects, including in the health sector, as well as managing expenses such as salaries for state employees. The ARTF began in May 2002, as a joint proposal of the World Bank, the UN Development Program (UNDP), the Asian Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank. It was set up to streamline international support to Afghanistan by organizing aid pledges within a single mechanism. Contributions to the ARTF are anticipated to total more than $60 million in the first year, and $380 million over 4 years. As of November 2002, pledges of funding for Afghanistan reached more than $4.5 billion for the first 30 months.

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