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Fourth Annual Development Forum Convened in Kabul

The fourth annual Afghanistan Development Forum (ADF) was held in Kabul from April 29-30. This year’s ADF brought together the Afghan Government and the international donor community to tackle subjects that are crucial to Afghanistan's sustained development.

The Afghan Government presented priority strategies for three key sectors: Health, Education and Energy. These strategies have been developed with extensive consultation through the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS). The ANDS lays out the strategic priorities and mechanisms for achieving the development vision for Afghanistan. Its three main pillars – Security; Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights; and Economic and Social Development – together guide Afghanistan's reconstruction and development agenda.

Since January 2002 the Government of Afghanistan has agreed to meet with donors every year to review Afghanistan 's development priorities. The past three ADFs have laid the foundations for strong donor-government relations. This year’s agenda aimed primarily to root out the causes of poverty in Afghanistan by investing in strategies designed to transform lives in a sustainable manner. To this end, the ADF featured three working groups that discussed papers on Aid Effectiveness, Capacity Building and Provincial Planning.

The ADF was also an opportunity for donors to renew their support for the Afghan Government and people. In his remarks during the ADF, newly appointed US Ambassador William B. Wood reaffirmed the US government’s commitment to Afghanistan. “The commitment of the United States to Afghanistan is clear and sustained. This year alone, we have asked Congress for more than US$ 1.8 billion for projects focusing on alternative livelihood, governance, reconstruction, and humanitarian assistance,” he said.

In addition, Mr. Praful Patel, South Asia Regional Vice President of the World Bank, also conveyed the Bank’s assurance of support. “We in the World Bank are firmly committed to supporting Afghanistan’s development. We understand the scale of what is at stake here and we are your firm partners in your critical state building agenda. As partners we look to government for leadership and we value mutual accountability,” he said.

              For further information on this year’s 2007 ADF please visit: www.adf.gov.af


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