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Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
Date:3/3/2010

>Afghanistan has been achieving greater stability and security.  Working within a fully integrated civilian-military plan, our goal is to create space for economic investment and to lay the foundation for a more representative, responsible and responsive government.  We believe these investments are key to providing sustainable security and stability in Afghanistan.

We are gradually delivering more of our resources through public and private Afghan institutions and these efforts have been successful so far.  We are performing careful and diligent oversight and directing resources to local institutions and partners who perform well.  

We are beginning to see major improvements in the Afghan health care system.  In 2002, just 8 percent of the population had access to some form of health care, but by 2009, that number had increased to 84 percent.  

We have also made significant strides in education.  Under the Taliban, only 900,000 boys and no girls were officially enrolled in schools.  As of 2009, more than 6 million children were enrolled, 35 percent of whom are girls.  One of our biggest economic accomplishments in Afghanistan has been to begin to rejuvenate the agricultural industry.  In No
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