Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

Projekt abgeschlossen

ARTF is a coordinated on-budget financing mechanism for the state, administered by the World Bank. Its priority national investment projects focus on agriculture, rural development, infrastructure, education, health and governance. Since the initiation of the Trust Fund in 2002, Millions of Afghan women, men and children have gained access to services and improved their income. It also significantly contributed to the Afghan state’s capacity.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Konflikt & Fragilität
Beschäftigung & Wirtschaftsentwicklung

Ländliche Entwicklung
01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021
CHF  11’000’000
Hintergrund With conflict increasing in intensity and geographic coverage, poverty is increasing and the need for humanitarian aid is on the rise. Due to political uncertainties and the fragile security situation, economic growth recovers cautiously (from 1.9% in 2014 to 2.2% in 2016) but remains below the population growth of 3%, putting at risk previous achievements in poverty reduction. State capacity continues to improve, not least thanks to large-scale support programs such as ARTF. However, these positive outcomes are highly sensitive to the level and modality of aid commitments, since 63% (2016) of the state budget is depending on foreign aid. Against these challenges, the National Unity Government (NUG) defined its development priorities in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework 2017-2021 (ANPDF).At the Brussels Conference in 2016, the international community renewed its commitment to support Afghanistan, which is key to meet the ambitious objectives.
Ziele Afghanistan reaches the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular 1-9 and 16.

  • Approx. 8.5 Mio. direct beneficiaries in all 34 provinces (indirectly the whole population)
  • Community Development Councils (CDC)
  • Afghan ministries (in particular: finance, education, agriculture, and rural development)

    Mittelfristige Wirkungen

    O1: Ensure stable funding for core government expenditures, including civilian salaries (Recurrent Cost Window).

    O2: Ensure funding for long term government-led development programs, covering all 34 Afghan provinces (Investment Window)

    O3: SDC contributes to improved ARTF governance mechanisms and instruments, in order to further strengthen transparency and accountability of ARTF as well as of benefitting programs.


    Erwartete Resultate:  

    • Targeted ministries implemented their anticorruption action plans in line with the National Anti-Corruption Plan
    • Increased access of communities to basic social services (education, health, drinking water) as well as income generating opportunities
    • Gender specific objectives and indicators are integrated in all ARTF supported programs and accountability of ARTF governance bodies increased

    Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

    • Domestic revenues increased by nearly 15 percent reaching USD 2.07 billion
    • 69% procurement done by line ministries using stand-alone procurement (2014: 48%)
    • pay and grading reforms for 23 ministries completed and 20% of public salaries paid online
    • Fruit production increased by 30 percent, leading to an overall increase in agriculture output by 6%
    • 8,405 ha of new orchards established
    • 3 million people gained access to electricity
    • 429 km transmission lines constructed or rehabilitated
    • 9 million children enrolled in school (39% girls), however with a decrease of average student attendance to 75% (2014: 82%) due to insecurity
    • As a result from SDC policy dialogue, rotating seat established for donors contributing less than 10 mio per year in the ARTF strategy Group

    Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
    Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
    Projektpartner Vertragspartner
    Internationale Finanzinstitution (IFI)
    • Other WB

    Andere Partner
    32 ARTF donors, Ministry of Finance (MoF), United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and United Nations Country Team (UNCT)
    Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren Swiss projects/implementing partners, particularly: Balanced Education (GIZ), Government School Support Program (AKF), all rural development projects (TdH, TLO; FAO)
    Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    11’000’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    11’000’000

    Phase 2 01.12.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Completed)

    Phase 1 01.11.2015 - 30.06.2018   (Completed)