The World Bank announced that have approved $120 million in grants for Afghanistan, where one in three of Afghans live under poverty line, to reduce poverty.
The press statement was released on Thursday said, “The $120 million in grants consists of $100 million to bring infrastructure and social services, including drinking water access for 3.4 million people, in all 34 provinces and four large municipalities—Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-sharif and Kandahar.”
The millions of dollars will grant to a program called ‘Citizen’s Charter Afghanistan Project’.
Another $20 million will strengthen Afghanistan’ financial system which includes the central bank, Da Afghanistan bank, said the statement.
“We will support government activities that improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, through making healthcare and education more accessible and equitable, investing in infrastructure, and supporting rural communities, which depend on agricultural livelihoods and seek employment opportunities,” said Robert Saum, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan.
The strategy goals of the World Bank and its aids in Afghanistan are, firstly, helping the country to build strong and accountable government for delivering social services and, secondly, growth of the private sector for more investment in the country, according to The World Bank.
Previously, The World Bank reported, 36 percent of 32 million of people in Afghanistan live under poverty line. The line, which indicate who is poor and who is not, is living with one dollar in a day. If one person lives with lower than one dollar, he/she is poor.
More than one in three Afghans did not have the buying power to satisfy their basic food and non-food needs, according to the World Bank report.
The World Bank says, four out of every five poor people live in rural areas. The mountainous East, Northeast, and West-Central regions—where almost half of the inhabitants are poor—have the lowest per capita consumption and highest likelihood of poverty.
According to the World Bank, 75.6 percent of poor people are illiterate—are not able to read and write—that often lack opportunities to educate their children, eight percent of them are unemployment or 41 percent of poor people are underemployed and even if they have job, 84.3 percent of them have vulnerable and informal job. The common job, which got involvement of 43.6 percent of poor people, is agriculture.
Poor people have much less access to basic services. Only 63.8 percent of poor people access to electricity, 40.3 percent of them access to safe drinking water and only two point eight (2.8) percent of poor people in Afghanistan access to sanitation, the World Bank said.