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Afghanistan's economic challenges

Despite significant improvements in the last decade, Afghanistan's economy remains highly dependent on foreign aid. As the ongoing war enters its eleventh year the instability in the region has shaken the country’s trade market, including declining profits of gold shops.

Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan jewellers works on gold necklaces in a jewellery shop at a market in Jalalabad on August 14, 2014. As the ongoing war in Afghanistan enters its eleventh year the instability in the region has shaken the trade market and in most gold shops, business is down. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan jewellers works on gold ornaments in a jewellery shop at a market in Jalalabad on August 14, 2014. As the ongoing war in Afghanistan enters its eleventh year the instability in the region has shaken the trade market and in most gold shops, business is down. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
Afghan children play with a kite on a hilltop overlooking Kabul on August 15, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan child rides a bicycle on a hilltop overlooking Kabul on August 15, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan labourer loads bricks onto donkeys in Kabul on August 15, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan boy rides a horse on the outskirts of Kandahar on August 12, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan watermelon vendor waits for customers at a stall at the roadside in Herat province on August 11, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/Getty Images)
Afghanistan's economic challenges
An Afghan farmer works in his field on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif on August 8, 2014. Afghanistan's economy has improved significantly since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 largely because of the infusion of international assistance. Despite significant improvement in the last decade the country is still extremely poor and remains highly dependent on foreign aid. (AFP/Getty Images)