Prosperity Shining: Afghanistan & Kabul

Human and Economic Activity

by Alfio Cerami                                                                         REV: 15/02/2018

  • DMSP Operational Linescan System (OLS) Nighttime Lights Time Series Analysis
  • Satellite Imagery Analysis
  • Graphical Mathematical Calculations and Visualization
  • New Micro- and Macro-Econometrics


Human and economic activities are growing constantly in Charikar, Herat,  Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Mazar-e Sharif (Afghanistan). From 2012 to 2016, they have slightly decreased only in Kandahar 

Overall, prosperity shining collapsed from 1992 to 1996 as a result of the Afghan civil war.

In 1994, the talibans repeatedly attempted to capture Kabul, but they were defeated by the military commander and politician Ahmad Shāh Massoūd in 1995 (see brief history of Afghanistan available at wikipedia).

Under the control of the Talibans, Kabul showed a slow increase in human and economic activity until 2001. This was primarily caused by the sharia-law induced “progress” with a substantial reduction in human and economic rights.

From 2001 to 2003, after the defeat of the talibans, human and economic activity started to grow at a higher rate in Kabul and in Afghanstan as a whole. This was primarily caused by the reform process and the democratization attempts initiated by President Hamid Karzai.

However, it is only from 2004 up to present day that prosperity shining more significantly improves, especially in Kabul (see images and video).

Unfortunately, the normalizazion and stabilization of the mountainous country is still underway.

More human and economic activity becomes vital. The country is not at its maximum shine yet.


Fig. 1  Prosperity Shining: Kabul Afghanistan. Human and Economic Activity

Video 1  Prosperity Shining: Kabul Afghanistan. Human and Economic Activity

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s