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Despite government efforts with support from the international community, Afghanistan's development needs remain massive. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank

I am still shaken and saddened by the many lives lost to the attacks in Kabul two weeks ago and since then there has been more violence. As we grieve these tragedies, now is the time to stand strong with the people of Afghanistan and renew our commitment to build a peaceful and prosperous country.

To that end, we announced this week a new financing package of more than half-a-billion dollars to help Afghanistan through its struggle to end poverty, increase opportunity to help stabilize the country, and ensure all its citizens can access basic services during a time of economic uncertainty.

Afghanistan has come a long way since 2001 and achieved much progress under extremely challenging circumstances. Life expectancy has increased from 44 to 60 years, maternal mortality has decreased by more than three quarters and the country now boasts 18 million mobile phone subscribers, up from almost none in 2001.

Yet, the development needs in Afghanistan remain massive. Nearly 40 percent of Afghans live in poverty and almost 70 percent of the population are illiterate. The country needs to create new jobs for about 400,000 people entering the labor market each year. The situation is made more challenging by the return of around 5.8 million refugees and 1.2 million internally displaced people.

Our new support is in line with our belief that Afghanistan’s economic and social progress can also help it address security challenges.  Our financing package meets the pressing needs of returning refugees, expands private-sector opportunities for the poor, boosts the development of five cities, expands electrification, improves food security, and builds rural roads.

Whānau Coalition Building: Intra-Group Relationality ≠ Best Practice Transferability

Naniette Coleman's picture
 

Mejorar la vida de las personas no es solo proveer servicios. Este objetivo requiere la participación de las personas en el ámbito del desarrollo, demandando servicios y productos que agreguen valor a sus vidas y teniendo comportamientos conducentes a un mayor bienestar personal. La promoción de la salud y la prevención de enfermedades es un ejemplo concreto.

En un taller de evaluación del impacto en el VIH, que realizamos en Ciudad del Cabo (Sudáfrica) en 2009, escuché a Nancy Padian, investigadora médica del Women’s Global Health Imperative (i) que presentó un análisis sistemático de ensayos de control aleatorios para probar la eficacia de las campañas de prevención del VIH.

En el estudio (i) se explicó cómo tres docenas de campañas de prevención del VIH no habían logrado cambiar el comportamiento sexual ni reducir la incidencia del VIH.

Esta presentación nos dio que pensar. El estudio descartó las campañas comunicacionales como un medio eficaz para cambiar las conductas y disminuir el ritmo de la epidemia del VIH.

Un examen más detenido reveló que las campañas carecían de historias inspiradoras, y se difundían a través de medios anticuados y poco interesantes, como carteles y folletos.

La pregunta que nos hicimos entonces fue: ¿podemos hacer esto de otra manera?