Achievements in Afghanistan During the Last 14 Years

  1. The country's first democratic transition of power from one elected president to another
  2. Creation of a government of national unity
  3. Taking of full responsibility for the security and defense of the country by the Afghan National Army
  4. Expansion of friendly and strategic ties with countries in the region
  5. Fundamental change in the role of women in Afghanistan:
    • Women now make up 27% of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house), 22% of the Meshrano Jirga (upper house), 22% of government employees (with 9% of them at decision making levels), 22% of civil servants, and 5% of the security sector.

    Women also now make up:

    • 4 out of 25 ministers
    • 24% of the health sector
    • 10% of the legal and judicial sectors
    • 40% of high school students
    • 30% of high school teachers
    • 19% of public university students
    • 15% of private university students
    • 15% of university professors

    And women recently made up:

    • 12% of the 2002 emergency loya jirga
    • 20% of the 2003 loya jirga, which approved the Constitution of Afghanistan
    • 25% of the 2010 National Consultative Peace Jirga (NCPJ)
    • 16% of the 2013 loya jirga that backed the Bilateral Security Agreement with the USA
    • 40% participation in the presidential election, the National Assembly and the Provincial Council (2014)
  6. Developing education system:
    • 11 million students (grades 1 to 12) are now in schools, and 40% of them are girls.
    • 135 universities and institutions of higher education now exist across the country:
      • 34 public universities and institutions of higher education
        • 153,314 students
      • 101 private universities and institutions of higher education
        • 107,976 students
  7. Improving public health facilities:
    • More than 70% of Afghans now have access to basic health services.
  8. Huge improvement in telecommunications:
    • More than 20 million Afghans use a cellphone and have access to the Internet.
    • Operation and use of the country's first telecommunications satellite, Afghansat 1 (leased from the French company Eutelsat)
  9. Huge improvement in media and freedom of speech:
    • More than 89 TV channels
    • More than 220 radio channels
    • More than 600 printed publications (newspapers, etc.)
  10. Developing infrastructure sectors:
    • Construction of roads, bridges and dams