Director of Executive Education Program
College of Arts and Science
University of South Florida
Adib Farhadi, Ph.D. is the Director of Executive Education Program and Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences. He is a recognized global leader in post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction with more than 20 years of experience in project management and professional development.
Dr. Farhadi has written, trained and advised a variety of international organizations in areas such as strategic and conflict zone analysis, countering violent extremism, combating terrorism, stabilization and reconstruction efforts, economic analysis and professional development. He has held progressively higher levels of responsibility such as serving as the deputy minister of commerce and industry for the Afghan government, executive director for the Afghanistan National Development Strategy, chief negotiator for WTO accession and senior advisor to New Silk Road Initiative. He is the author of “Stabilization for Sustainable Economic Growth in Fragile States: The Case for a Trade-Based Regional Economic Integration Silk Road Strategy” and co-author of “Finish the Job”.
Dr. Farhadi most recently served as visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and postdoctoral fellow at University of Canberra, Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis. He currently teaches courses in Strategic Negotiations and Communications, International Economic Development, Leadership, Religion & Conflict and Countering Violent Extremism at University of South Florida.
The purpose of this event is fourfold: to raise public consciousness of the development gains which have been achieved over the past decade in Afghanistan partly as a consequence of Australia's financial, military and technical support; to draw attention to the potential threats to those gains; to investigate mitigating strategies; and, to encourage progressive dialogue between Afghanistan and Australia.
The Afghanistan Millennium Development Goals Report is a reflection of the commitment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to improve the well being of our people and to meet our obligations towards achieving this goal.
This Report shows the immense distance that we have yet to traverse to provide the Afghan people with a better standard of living.We are committed to fully meeting these MDG targets, which we have adapted to the specific challenges facing our nation.There is a long way to go. But by recognizing where we currently stand and monitoring our progress, the Government and the Afghan people will work to meet these goals and enrich the lives of our children. The international community has given its firm support to us in this endeavour, which will be critical if we are to meet our goals and the expectations of our nation.
Six and one-half years ago, the people of Afghanistan and the international community joined hands to liberate Afghanistan from the grip of international terrorism and to begin the journey of rebuilding a nation from a past of violence, destruction and terror. We have come a long way in this shared journey. In a few short years, as a result of the partnership between Afghanistan and the international community, we were able to create a new, democratic Constitution, embracing the freedom of speech and equal rights for women. Afghans voted in their first-ever presidential elections and elected a new parliament. Today close to five million Afghan refugees have returned home, one of the largest movements of people to their homeland in history.
The Afghanistan National Development Strategy reflects the commitment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to poverty reduction and private sector-led economic growth for a prosperous and stable Afghanistan.
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“Finish the Job: Jump-Start Afghanistan’s Economy” is a Silk Road Paper published by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies Program.
This paper acknowledges dire political and security situation facing Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO draw down their forces there. However, it sees the key driver of change not in these spheres, important as they are, but in the economy, which could plummet with the sudden loss of orders for goods and services resulting from the military drawdown. Unless the economic crisis is addressed, the political and security situations will not improve. However, if the economy stabilizes and resumes a path of sustainable growth, levels of political and security tensions will subside. Thus, economic development in Afghanistan is not something to be pursued after political stability and security have been established; rather, it is what must be achieved in order to forge political stability and communal peace.