Nearly 40 years of civil war, corruption, international military intervention and insurgency have left Afghanistan’s economy in shambles. With a fragile $19.8 billion GDP, Afghanistan has long been listed by the United Nations as among the least developed in the world.
According to the World Bank, 75 per cent of the government’s budget was provided by international donors. After the capture of power by the Taliban on August 15, it became clear that much of the international aid that propped up the economy would stop. The US had already pulled the plug and other donors are also closing their purse strings.