Balanced Social and Economic Development of Afghanistan’s Cities

Planning the Future of Afghanistan’s Cities

Afghanistan’s on-going urbanization is rapidly transforming the country’s demographic, social, cultural, and economic spheres, and presents an immense opportunity for propelling the country towards growth, prosperity and peace-building. The country’s urban transition has already commenced with a third of its population residing in urban areas, and by 2060, one in two Afghans will live in cities. This urban transition is occurring alongside significant quality-of-life, economic, and territorial changes, which must be adeptly steered for leveraging the benefits of urbanization and minimizing negative externalities.