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Afghanistan

Land-locked Afghanistan is strategically located at the crux of Central, South and West Asia, bordered by Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China. It is a country of geographical extremes, from mountains in the centre to the northeast, to arid desert in the south and southwest. As a result, temperatures vary from -20oC to over +40oC. The country area is 652,860 km2 (roughly the same size as France). 
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Land Area
65,286,000 ha
GDP/Capita
1,734.7 USD

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The Taliban conquest of a thin strip of land could change Afghanistan

24 July 2021

When a small group of armed insurgents in cars arrived in a village in the Wakhan Corridor, it put a sharp focus on Beijing’s role in this nation shattered by more than four decades of war. Main photo: A Kyrgyz family in the Wakhan Corridor, a narrow strip of land that connects Afghanistan to…

Pakistan-Afghanistan border fence, a step in the right direction

Pakistan-Afghanistan border fence, a step in the right direction

25 February 2021

The border barrier will decrease the number of cross-border attacks, but more needs to be done to secure the region. (main photo: A view of the border fence outside the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan, Pakistan October 18, 2017 [Caren Firouz/Reuters]) Pakistan is…

In Afghanistan’s Pashtun Heartland, Tribal Rule Supersedes State Law

In Afghanistan’s Pashtun Heartland, Tribal Rule Supersedes State Law

15 February 2021

(Main photo: A tribal jirga in the southeastern Afghan province of Khost) Mohammad Ayaz lost two family members last summer in a clash with a rival family over an irrigation channel in southeastern Afghanistan. Ayaz lives near Gardez, the capital of Afghanistan’s southeastern Paktia Province. He…

Afghanistan

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Land policy and laws express ambitions that do not reflect reality on the ground where 90% of occupation is informal or customary. However, good progress regularizing informal settlements through the issue of Occupancy Certificates offers hope.

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Safeguarding Afghan women's property rights

Safeguarding Afghan women's property rights

2 March 2021

By SARAH ELIZABETH ANTOS, MOHAMMAD ZIA, and ENRIQUE PANTOJA Originally available at World Bank blogs This blog is available in English, Dari, and Pashto   (Main photo: Through the Afghanistan Land Administration Project (ALASP) the government of Afghanistan has started distributing property…

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Addressing Land and Conflict to Achieve the SDGs Through Conflict-Sensitive Development

Addressing Land and Conflict to Achieve the SDGs Through Conflict-Sensitive Development

High Level Political Forum 2019 - Side Event Thursday, 11 July 18.30 – 20.00 Conference Room 11, UN HQ UN-Habitat in collaborationwith Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Department of Peace Operations, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Global Donor Working…