A key part of this emergency bridging effort to keep the health system functioning was to ensure health workers got paid. UNDP transferred salaries for the month of October to over 24,000 health workers, almost one-third women, across 2,200 health facilities.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new crisis response initiative embedded as part of the overall UN system’s response that will contribute to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of the country’s economy by supporting the most vulnerable populations and the collapsing micro businesses in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s nominal GDP is likely to contract by 20 percent within a year, from US$20 billion in 2020 to a figure of US$16 billion, according to a new socio-economic report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report warns that this decline may reach 30 percent in following years, or US$14 billion, if urgent corrective action is not taken.
Kabul, Afghanistan, 22 November 2021 – A new situation report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says Afghanistan’s financial and bank payment systems are “in disarray.”
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) welcomes the announcement of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to contribute a US$ 11.2 million (SEK101.5 million) grant for UN’s development emergency initiative ‘ABADEI’ which is part of a crisis response to the looming local development catastrophe in Afghanistan.
The study, which analysed four potential scenarios of escalating intensity and isolation, indicates that real GDP could contract by as much as 13.2 percent, leading to an increase in the poverty rate of up to 25 percentage points.

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