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Living Conditions in Afghanistan: New Evidence from a Welfare Monitoring Survey



Read the Afghanistan Welfare Monitoring Survey here.

  • Melinda Good, Country Director for Afghanistan, World Bank
  • Ghazala Mansuri, Lead Economist, Poverty and Equity, South Asia, World Bank
  • Omar Joya, Executive Director and Founding Member, Biruni Institute; Researcher, Bordeaux School of Economics, University of Bordeaux
  • Althea-Maria Rivas, Senior Lecturer in Global Development, Peace and Conflict, SOAS University of London


  • Sarah Rose, Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development


During the six months since the August 2021 fall of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Afghanistan has faced a massive humanitarian and economic crisis. With disruption in employment and acute food insecurity, it is estimated that over 24 million Afghans require urgent humanitarian assistance. The dramatic shift in foreign aid availability has led to a collapse of the banking sector, and the lack of a functioning payment system has severely constrained the flow of humanitarian assistance.

But while efforts are underway by the international community to address the crisis, to date, there has been little quantitative data to describe how the economic crisis that followed the August 2021 events has impacted the daily life of Afghan households across the country. A welfare survey conducted by the World Bank presents a fact-based picture on how the crisis has impacted employment, food security, and access to health and education in the country.

Please join the Center for Global Development and the World Bank for a discussion of the findings of the Afghanistan Welfare Monitoring Survey report, which the World Bank will post on the day of the event. Panelists will provide the context around the survey results, reflect on how the data fit into broader economic and service delivery trends, and offer their perspectives on the implications for international response.

If you have questions for our panelists, please submit them to [email protected], tweet @CGDev #CGDTalks, or submit your comments via YouTube.

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