Challenges of Rural Economy and Women Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan: A Concept Note

11 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2018

Date Written: October 30, 2018


This research paper has been developed with the intention of shedding light over the major challenges and remedies of rural economy in Afghanistan and also discussing explicitly about the women economic empowerment considering Afghanistan’s context. This paper has been prepared in two parts, where part one will be specifically and thoroughly encompassing the major challenges and remedies of rural economy in Afghanistan, however, the second part will be explicitly covering the issues related to women economic empowerment in Afghanistan. General topics and contents under each part of this paper are based on author’s findings and does not preferably follow a report or other person’s view, except secondary data sources which are quoted properly. Objective of this concept papers was to briefly discuss about the major and pivotal issues related to rural economy and how women economic empowerment can aid to it. Indeed, women contribution to economic activities in the rural area of Afghanistan is very rare, and thus, a great chunk of the human capital is not used toward inclusive growth. Author has given a thoughtful attention to women economic empowerment and thus discussed this issue on a separate section with respect to Afghanistan’s ground level realities as per common social norms and practices. This concept paper will be entirely based on academic and nonacademic secondary data from authentic sources. Moreover, at the end of each part, researcher’s recommendations and solutions will also be added for corrective action taking by the government and competent organizations in Afghanistan. As a whole, issues discussed in this paper will be concise and direct to the point. It’s very welcome by the author of this paper that any prospective researcher or an organization can expand the scope of this topic and discusses the major challenges and remedies with a vast set of knowledge, information, and ground level presence.

Keywords: Challenges of Rural Economy in Afghanistan; Rural Economy; Women Economic Empowerment; Agribusiness in Afghanistan; Economic Development in Afghanistan

JEL Classification: D13, L26, L31, L32, O1, O12, O13, O18, Q54, Q5

Suggested Citation

Karimi, Abdul Matin, Challenges of Rural Economy and Women Economic Empowerment in Afghanistan: A Concept Note (October 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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