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Afghanistan: Electricity Generation

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the availability of supply of (a) electricity and (b) water in Afghanistan; what assessment he has made of such availability in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (166054)

The UK Government have not made any formal assessments of their own of the availability of supply of electricity and water in Afghanistan. Because data quality on Afghanistan is so poor, it is not possible to provide a breakdown of each year since 2001.

The Government of Afghanistan carried out a National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (NRVA) in 2005 which provided information on a wide range of socio-economic indicators. The report found that:

Just 31 per cent. of Afghan households have access to safe drinking water. Kuchi (nomad) households have the lowest access to safe drinking water at 16 per cent., while rural households have 26 per cent. access and urban households have 64 per cent. access.

Just 23 per cent. of Afghan households have access to any type of electrical power at some time during the year. Kuchi households have just 4 per cent. access, while rural households have 13 per cent. access, and urban households have 74 per cent. access.

A further NRVA is being carried out this year, with financial support from DFID. The results should be available by the end of 2008.