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PAKISTAN: World Bank approves US $400 million for earthquake recovery

ISLAMABAD, 16 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The World Bank on Thursday approved an emergency credit of about US $400 million to support the earthquake recovery and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan over the next three years.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: World Bank provides US $80 million for government support

KABUL, 14 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - The Word Bank approved a grant of US $80 million to support post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Forced labour continues in cotton industry

ANDIJAN, 9 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - As this year’s cotton-picking season wraps up in Uzbekistan, the authorities in the Ferghana Valley region have come under criticism for continuing the practice of using government employees and child labour to harvest the country’s main cash crop. Full report

CENTRAL ASIA: UN calls for special envoy to the region

BISHKEK, 8 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - In a new report published this week, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for the creation of the post of Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Central Asia in an effort to boost regional cooperation and reduce poverty in the region.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Counter-narcotics police get training

KABUL, 7 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - At least 200 members of the Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA), including investigators, intelligence analysts and prosecutors, have completed a week’s training on basic drug investigation, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: UNICEF expresses concern about child labour

KABUL, 6 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - An estimated 1 million child labourers under 14 are deprived of education, health care and other necessary facilities for human development across Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Survey calls for end to female carpet weavers’ misery

KABUL, 1 Dec 2005 (IRIN) - Thousands of women and girls who toil in appalling conditions to make Afghan carpets for export are treated as unpaid slaves and suffer from routine exhaustion, long hours, low pay and health problems, according to a survey conducted by a local rights body released on Thursday. Full report

PAKISTAN: Loss of livelihoods in quake zone severe

DUNG, 29 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - When the 8 October earthquake rumbled through the tiny hamlet of Dung in the Gojra Union Council, west of the city of Muzaffarabad, the animals fled to the fields where they destroyed all the crops.Full report

CENTRAL ASIA: Asian Development Bank to boost regional cooperation

ANKARA, 25 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday it has allocated US $952 million to supporting regional cooperation in Central Asia over the next three years. The Manila-based ADB said the package was part of an updated strategy for its Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) programme. Full report

KYRGYZSTAN: Focus on support for small business

OSH, 23 Nov 2005 (IRIN) - With more than half of southern Kyrgyzstan’s population still mired in poverty, the government of the Central Asian country needs to support and facilitate the development of small business in the region in order to tackle poverty and unemployment, activists say.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Economy

KYRGYZSTAN: Focus on support for small business

TAJIKISTAN: Interview with Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with rural development minister

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with governor of isolated Nuristan province

AFGHANISTAN: Focus on rehabilitation of child soldiers

Related Internet Links

Afghanistan Online

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghanistan Information Management Service

Conflict Prevention Initiative portal on Central Asia

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