Afghanistan - Building Markets
Launched 2006

Since its inception in 2006, our initiative in Afghanistan has supported local businesses, marketplace development, and job creation.

  • 8,302


  • $ 1,086,228,165


  • 65,000


Country Context

Population: 29.1 million (UN, 2010)

Languages: Dari, Pashto

Monetary unit: Afghani

Main Exports: Fruit and nuts, carpets, wool, opium (CIA World Factbook, 2012)

GNI per capita: US $370 (World Bank, 2009)

ODA: $6.24 billion (OECD, 2009)

Human Development Index ranking: 172 out of 189 (UN, 2010)

Estimated GDP growth: 22.5% (World Bank 2009/2010)

Products & Services in Afghanistan

  • Local Business Directory
  • Training
  • Matchmaking
  • Tender Distribution
  • Market Research
  • Advocacy


Our work in Afghanistan has achieved the following results.*

  • Our team has helped 680 Afghan businesses to win 1,300 contracts valued at over $1 billion. These contracts helped create or sustain an estimated 65,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Afghanistan.
  • 8,302 local businesses including 272 that are female-owned have been registered through verification surveys.
  • Tender distribution services have collected and disseminated 7,530 tenders to our network of suppliers, creating transparency in contracting and increasing access to business opportunities.
  • Over 1,500 entrepreneurs have received training helping to improve their knowledge about procurement processes and standards as well as their ability to successfully compete for, win and execute tenders.
  • Over 1,000 matchmaking reports have been generated for buyers looking for suppliers in the Afghan marketplace and our communication and advocacy efforts have helped inspire changes in buy local policy.
  • Our team has trained 40 civil society organizations (CSOs) to increase their capacity to help support the democratic process in Afghanistan.

*Source: Building Markets, June 2014

Reports on Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Compact & Local Procurement Monitoring Project (2007)

Afghanistan Compact & Local Procurement Monitoring Project (2007)


Spending the Development Dollar Twice (2009)

Spending the Development Dollar Twice (2009)


Research Paper on the Herati Marketplace (2010)

Research Paper on the Herati Marketplace (2010)


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