Reconnecting Afghanistan: From Instability to Opportunity — Aga Khan Foundation at European Development Days 2019

For centuries, Afghanistan was integral to connectivity—through the Silk Road’s trade and cultural exchange—between Asia and Europe, and within Asia itself. While decades of conflict have diminished this centrality, collaboration and integration remain critical to regional stability.

Building Bridges on the Afghan-Tajik Border

On 18 June, AKF hosted a panel discussion at the European Development Days in Brussels.

The theme for 2019 was Addressing Inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind.

AKF’s panel discussion was centred around the findings of a new report by Chatham House, Reconnecting Afghanistan: Lessons in Cross-Border Engagement. This panel brought to light the impact of a variety of projects along and across the Afghan borders that aim to reduce inequalities and unlock the enormous potential of the region. The speakers:

  • Explored examples of ‘local’ cross-border interventions, their implication on the economy, livelihood opportunities and job creation.
  • Raised the profile of trade, energy and connectivity as effective tools of development, applicable to other contexts.
  • Demonstrated that engagement with Afghanistan can bring positive economic benefits.


H.E. Marilyn Josefson

EU Ambassador to Tajikistan

Sana Safi

BBC Senior Presenter (Chair)

Hameed Hakimi

Research Associate, Chatham House

Kishwar Abdulalishoev

CEO of AKF Tajikistan

Paola Pampaloni


Romana Vlahutin

Ambassador at Large for Connectivity, EEAS

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