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Quick Facts

Total population                                             
30,419,928 as of July 2012 est.
GDP per capita

USD 1000 (2011 est.)

Key economic sectors by contribution to GDP

Telecom, agriculture, dry fruit, carpet, minerals

Computers per 100 inhabitants
Fixed-line telephones per 100 inhabitants
Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants 54.26
Internet users per 100 inhabitants
Domain names registered under '.af'
Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants
Internet international bandwidth
150 Mb as of December 2007

Source: Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009/2010

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

ICT at a Glance (World Bank)

ICT in Education (UNESCO)


Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

OpenNet Initiative - Country Profile

General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The World Factbook (CIA)

Resources on E-Co Hub

Information and Communication Technologies for Reconstruction and Development: Afghanistan Challenges and Opportunities

The intent of this report is to raise awareness of the importance of the role of ICT in failed state intervention and follow-on reconstruction and development. Afghanistan is used as a case study to examine and highlight, by example, successes and some of the challenges encountered in trying to rebuild a war-torn country’s telecommunications and IT infrastructure and to use it to enable other sector reconstruction and development.

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Information and Communication Technology for Development, ADB Experiences

The Asian Development Bank has been part of searching for better development solutions and innovative approaches using ICT and experiencing the challenges of realities in implementation.This paper selectively takes stock of ADB initiatives across sectors, countries, and regions to share their experiences.

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Survey on ICTs for Education in India and South Asia

Survey on ICTs for Education in India and South Asia

The main objective of the Survey is to create a consolidated source of information on the experiences of using ICTs for Education in the South Asian region, as a baseline for future work, and to provide a framework of reference for policy-makers.

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ICT for Disaster Management: Real life examples

This compilation of case studies explores some of the sound practices in the Asia-Pacific region in applications of information, communication and space technology for effective and efficient disaster risk reduction and management.

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ICTD Case Study 1: ICT Human Capacity Building for Development

ICTD Case Study 1: ICT Human Capacity Building for Development

The first issue of the Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development’s (APCICT) ICTD Case Study Series, ICT Human Capacity Building for Development discusses the experiences of ICTD practitioners who have partnered with APCICT to roll-out the “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy). The Academy, APCICT’s flagship programme, is designed to equip government officials and policymakers with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage ICT solutions for socio-economic development. Case Study 1 shares the lessons learned by Academy partners in rolling-out the Academy in their own countries, including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Island Countries.

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The Impact of the BBC World Service Trust's Afghan Woman's Hour: Results from a National Survey in Afghanistan

This report is an evaluation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust (WST) radio project Afghan Woman's Hour (AWH). Broadcast since January 2005, AWH seeks to empower women by broadcasting programming on gender issues in the two main languages of the region, Dari and Pashto. The report includes the results of a quantitative national survey conducted to measure the awareness and reach of AWH as well as to measure changes in knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported behaviours (practices) regarding key programme issues including gender equality, education, women and work, governance-related issues, and family life (e.g., forced marriage, domestic violence).

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UN Helps the Afghan Government Develop Stronger Information Communications Technology

Afghanistan Government uses UN training to develop local ICT capacity. As part of the United Nations continuing effort to close the digital divide, a national training the trainers programme was held in Kabul, Afghanistan on 31 May - 4 June 2009 as a first step towards training decision makers in information communications technology (ICT). The training is the first in a series of ICT workshops based on the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme – an eight module training course designed by APCICT to give decision makers the necessary information to use ICT for development.

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Afghanistan’s Digital Divide Set to Narrow Following Collaboration Agreement with UN-APCICT

Afghanistan’s Digital Divide Set to Narrow Following Collaboration Agreement with UN-APCICT

An agreement promoting the use of information and communication technology (ICT), signed today by the Afghan Government and the United Nations, is expected to contribute to the bridging of Afghanistan’s digital divide.

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Afghanistan Telecommunications and Internet Policy - Final Working Draft

This policy document consists of key principles and goals of the policy, role of government and its responsibilities, the scope of telecommunication regulatory authority, information on establishment of Afghan Telecom, competition policy and policies regarding licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

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Afghanistan Information and Communication Technologies Policy

This policy document aims to promote the wide adoption of ICTs to improve all aspects of life, and encourage growth in ICT industry and usages of ICT to increase government efficiency. The main policies cover government services, infrastructure and convergence, development, investment, e-government, education and training, and e-commerce. The paper also contains the action plan and strategy for these policies.

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