Economic Recovery in Afghanistan

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

I Inactive

Key Information

DFAT notes, "The Taliban has declared an ‘interim government’ in Afghanistan, having taken power on 15 August 2021 after the fall of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan." Please see the activity url for updates regarding DFAT's work in Afghanistan after 2021.


Australia supports Afghanistan’s economic recovery from COVID-19 through activities aligned with the Afghan Government’s strategy for economic self‑reliance. DFAT's small investment with the Institute for State Effectiveness provides expert advice to government on critical policy reforms, including on economic responses to COVID-19. DFAT is also upporting the multi-donor Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, which reduces the reporting burden on the Afghan Government, and joins our voice with likeminded donors to advocate for gender and disability-inclusive practices.

This work is a reflection of Australia's prioritization the inclusion of women and girls in Afghanistan’s economic and social life. DFAT continues to support girls’ education, which has compounding positive effects on their lives and those of their families and communities. Thei ongoing support to the Australia-Afghanistan Community Resilience scheme promises to advance economic empowerment for poor farmers, including women, in rural and remote areas.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Middle East & North Africa, South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2011 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Institute for State Effectiveness Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Cross-cutting areas

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Other community members - female, Other community members - male, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status


School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Other

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Technical assistance/capacity building to civil society organizations

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment