Decades of war, harsh climatic conditions, and neglect due to extreme poverty left much of Afghanistan’s infrastructure in rubble and decay. In many remote areas, it was never developed at all. The lack of infrastructure has had a significant negative impact on Afghanistan’s economic development. Since 2001, USAID in conjunction with the Afghan Government has rehabilitated nearly 2,500 km of regional and national roads increasing access to marketplaces and international trade; eighty percent of Afghans now live within 50 km of the country-wide Ring Road, giving Afghans better access to their country's major transportation routes, and facilitating their access to markets, schools, health clinics and government services.
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Last updated: April 14, 2014