Don’t Abandon Afghanistan
After years of being torn apart by war, Afghanistan is still a country where poverty kills more people than conflict. Islamic Relief is deeply concerned that significant aid cuts are threatening to derail over a decade of progress in education, health care and women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Aid has already fallen from $894 million in 2011 to just $508 million in 2013, and less than a fifth of the UN’s humanitarian plan for 2014 was funded by late March 2014. We believe that this sharp drop in aid poses a significant threat to the prospects for Afghanistan’s poorest people in a year of heightened uncertainty, as preparations for the withdrawal of foreign troops gather pace.
It is vital that the international community does not turn its back on Afghanistan’s people at this time of transition.
We urge you as the UK Prime Minister to take a lead in rallying international support for Afghanistan as the UK prepares to host a global pledging conference in the autumn.
A new generation of Afghan children could be sentenced to a life of poverty if aid cuts deny support to agriculture, health, education and other vital areas. Islamic Relief urges the international community to stand with Afghanistan and work towards a brighter future through the following measures:
- Maintain long-term aid: Sustain aid at a level that enables malnutrition, poverty and infant mortality to be further reduced.
- Improve the quality of aid: Focus spending on the most marginalised people in the poorest parts of the country, with particular emphasis on health and education services, agriculture and women’s development.
- Support aid agencies and the Afghan government: Channel more aid through non-government organisations with a track record of operating transparently and effectively, while strengthening the capacity of the Afghan government to deliver essential services into the future by helping to professionalise management, devolve power to the provinces, reduce bureaucracy and tackle corruption.