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National Development Framework for Afghanistan

This paper focuses on the National Development Framework, explaining how it provides the foundation for a comprehensive national strategy and promotes the national budget as the central instrument of policy. It considers the three main pillars of the Framework strategy: foundations for advancing human capital; building physical infrastructure to stimulate private sector-led growth; and harnessing business competition to drive growth and social inclusion by creating opportunity. For each pillar it reviews how the Framework articulates principles, assesses implementation capacity and prioritizes initiatives. Finally, it explains how the Framework reflects five key lessons from five decades of international assistance.