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Development cooperation, 12/12/2013

World Bank; Afganistan Reconstruction Trust Fund


The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) manages donor contributions for the payment of civil servants' salaries, recurring budgetary expenditures of the Government and priority projects to rebuild Afghanistan. ARTF has been the most important channel of Finnish support to Afghanistan. About half of the support managed by the regional department has been directed through the ARTF. Trust Fund is managed by the World Bank. The ARTF-agreement between the Bank and Finland is concluded annually. The responsibility of the security situation (transition) has been transferred gradually from ISAF to the national security forces. The purpose is to increase civilian activities while the military presence is decreasing. ARTF will remain the main channel for aid also in the near future. It is justified that also the main portion of Finnish aid for Afghanistan continues through ARTF. Since the beginning 2014 half of the Finnish ARTF-support is planned to go through the general basket, 25 % through NSP (National Solidarity Programme) and 25 % through EQUIP (Education Quality Improvement Project). NSP is widely regarded as the best aid program in Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of NSP-projects have been implemented at the village level. Projects have usually been related to infra, water, irrigation, education and energy. NSP has diverted the peace dividends to more than 22 million villagers. EQUIP enables children's, especially girl's rights to receive high quality education. EQUIP support also the school building and maintenance and the teacher training. Since 2002 the number of pupils has increased from one million to almost 8 million, of whom almost 3 million are girls. The current EQUIP phase has received about 300 million dollars and its effect to education sector has been significant.

Funding decision 12/12/2013

37 700 000 €

Tied amount

18 850 000 €

Target country


Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

Participatory development/Good governance
Gender equality

Field of activity

General budget support 32%
Agricultural policy and administrative management 40%
Education policy and administrative management 28%

Type of aid

Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)

Special target group

indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel


Program based



Code for the object of funding




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Case state

Financing decision
Opinion of the appropriations committee

Case status


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Updated 8/30/2016

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