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Land-locked Afghanistan is strategically located at the crux of Central, South and West Asia, bordered by Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China. It is a country of geographical extremes, from mountains in the centre to the northeast, to arid desert in the south and southwest. As a result, temperatures vary from -20oC to over +40oC. The country area is 652,860 km2 (roughly the same size as France). 
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65,223,000 ha
1,516.3 USD

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7 injured near Kurram border following firing from Afghan side over land dispute: officials

20 November 2022

Seven people were injured following firing from Afghanistan to Pakistan, linked to local cross-border land disputes

The forgotten Gypsies of Afghanistan demand legal recognition of their rights

6 October 2022

The 'Jogi', the Gypsies of Afghanistan, have launched a struggle with the State to access identification papers and defend their rights. Marginalised and plunged into poverty, they want to integrate into Afghan society. In the northwestern suburbs of Mazar-e-Sharif, on the border with the rural…

Cash-Strapped Taliban 'Exploiting' Afghanistan's Natural Resources To Boost Revenue

15 July 2022

Main image: A coal mine in Afghanistan. (file photo) Cash-strapped and cut off from international aid, the Taliban-led government is tapping into Afghanistan's natural resources to boost revenue. Since the Taliban toppled the Western-backed government in Kabul and seized power in August 2021, the…



Land policy and laws express ambitions that do not reflect reality on the ground where 90% of occupation is informal or customary. However, good progress regularizing informal settlements through the issue of Occupancy Certificates offers hope.

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Safeguarding Afghan women's property rights

Safeguarding Afghan women's property rights

2 March 2021

By SARAH ELIZABETH ANTOS, MOHAMMAD ZIA, and ENRIQUE PANTOJA Originally available at World Bank blogs This blog is available in English, Dari, and Pashto   (Main photo: Through the Afghanistan Land Administration Project (ALASP) the government of Afghanistan has started distributing property…

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Addressing Land and Conflict to Achieve the SDGs Through Conflict-Sensitive Development

Addressing Land and Conflict to Achieve the SDGs Through Conflict-Sensitive Development

High Level Political Forum 2019 - Side Event Thursday, 11 July 18.30 – 20.00 Conference Room 11, UN HQ UN-Habitat in collaborationwith Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, the Department of Peace Operations, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Global Donor Working…