Summary of publication
Longstanding security, development, humanitarian and fiduciary challenges and a high-risk operating environment meant that Afghanistan remained one of the most difficult environments for Australian aid over the year and inevitably this affected performance. This report finds that, despite these challenges, Australia’s aid program made a strong contribution to development outcomes in Afghanistan in 2014-15. Our support led to improvements in the delivery of education and support services for women affected by violence, for example, by providing education to 2,582 students in remote communities, and shelter and support services to over 1,773 women and children affected by violence. Programs in the agricultural sector and in Uruzgan Province met key objectives, although progress was delayed in some instances by ongoing security issues. The World Bank-managed Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund continues to be a viable mechanism for the delivery of a significant share of Australian aid.