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People of Afghanistan

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Age structure:

0-14 years: 42.3% (male 6,464,070/female 6,149,468)
15-64 years: 55.3% (male 8,460,486/female 8,031,968)
65 years and over: 2.4% (male 349,349/female 380,051) (2011 est.)
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People of Afghanistan

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country comparison to the world: 40
note: this is a significantly revised figure; the previous estimate of 33,609,937 was extrapolated from the last Afghan census held in 1979, which was never completed because of the Soviet invasion; a new Afghan census is scheduled to take place in 2010 (July 2011 est.)
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NGO relations with the government and communities in Afghanistan

NGO relations with the government and communities in Afghanistan | The Kite Runner | Scoop.it
This article explores the relationship between NGOs and the Afghan government, and communities’ perceptions of both. The research on which it is based was principally undertaken in three provinces, Herat, Balkh and Kabul. The article also draws on the author’s experience in other parts of the country, specifically the south-east. The core of the study highlights the issues shaping relations between the Afghan government and NGOs, with a view to improving them, and identifying areas where they can better appreciate each other’s respective merits. A clarification of roles and greater communication between NGOs and the government would help to foster a more effective relationship in an environment where, at present, neither can work properly without the other.
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CIA - The World Factbook

CIA - The World Factbook | The Kite Runner | Scoop.it
Afghanistan's economy is recovering from decades of conflict. The economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance, the recovery of the agricultural sector, and service sector growth. Despite the progress of the past few years, Afghanistan is extremely poor, landlocked, and highly dependent on foreign aid, agriculture, and trade with neighboring countries. Much of the population continues to suffer from shortages of housing, clean water, electricity, medical care, and jobs. Criminality, insecurity, weak governance, and the Afghan Government's inability to extend rule of law to all parts of the country pose challenges to future economic growth. Afghanistan's living standards are among the lowest in the world. While the international community remains committed to Afghanistan's development, pledging over $67 billion at four donors' conferences since 2002, the Government of Afghanistan will need to overcome a number of challenges, including low revenue collection, anemic job creation, high levels of corruption, weak government capacity, and poor public infrastructure.
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Comparing Canada to Afghanistan.

Comparing Canada to Afghanistan. | The Kite Runner | Scoop.it
have 30.4 times higher chance of dying in infancy
have 4.1 times more chance of being unemployed
have 3.7 times more babies
die 36.64 years sooner
use 99.95% less electricity
consume 99.74% less oil
make 97.92% less money
spend 97.52% less money on health care
be 97.5% less likely to have HIV/AIDS
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CIA - The World Factbook

CIA - The World Factbook | The Kite Runner | Scoop.it
Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 45.02 years
country comparison to the world: 222
male: 44.79 years
female: 45.25 years (2011 est.)
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Afghanistan Visa

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Afghanistan NGO Visa
There are many NGO's working in Afghanistan, so this is one easy way to get into Afghanistan. You should be coming to provide some sort of humanitarian service if you go this route, even for a short visit.

1. Do NOT get a "Visit" or "Tourist" visa if you plan on staying in Afghanistan and will need to renew your visa in order to stay and work here. You WILL HAVE to leave the country in order to get an Entry Visa. If you are only visiting briefly, than obviously this is okay.

2. The NGO you are coming to visit should send a letter of invitation from inside of Afghanistan to the Afghanistan Embassy in the country you are in, as well as a permission number. This means the NGO you will be with must also apply for a visa for you in-country. This process in-country typically takes more than 2-weeks.

3. When you send that embassy your passport, they will issue your NGO Afghanistan Visa. This whole process should be allowed a 1-month lead-time to your departure from home. Typically, you'll renew every 6 months, and this can be done in-country.

4. It is NOT ADVISABLE to plan on using the Afghan Consulate in Dubai. They have become EXTREMELY RESTRICTIVE. If you absolutely must use Dubai, then plan for at least a 12-hour experience starting at 0400.
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CIA - The World Factbook

CIA - The World Factbook | The Kite Runner | Scoop.it
country comparison to the world: 40
note: this is a significantly revised figure; the previous estimate of 33,609,937 was extrapolated from the last Afghan census held in 1979, which was never completed because of the Soviet invasion; a new Afghan census is scheduled to take place in 2010 (July 2011 est.)
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Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | The Kite Runner | Scoop.it
The political history of modern Afghanistan begins in the 18th century with the rise of the Pashtuns (known as Afghans in Persian language), when the Hotaki dynasty rose to power at Kandahar in 1709 followed by the establishment of Ahmad Shah Durrani's Durrani Empire in 1747.
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