UN and Afghanistan planning new aid spending strategy

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KABUL (TCA) — A meeting titled “ONE UN” was held in Kabul on November 5 between the Afghan government, the United Nations and civil society institutions to discuss ways to better use aid from the international community for the people of Afghanistan, TOLOnews reported.

The United Nations and the Afghan government have decided to work together to ensure better utilization and spending of development aid for Afghanistan in order for the public to benefit more from projects funded by the international community.

Addressing the conference, Toby Lanzer, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that the organization was looking to further enhance its efforts in Afghanistan to make sure that Afghans have a bright future.

He said the organization has been working in Afghanistan in the areas of education, food security and livelihoods, healthcare, and refugees return and reintegration, adding that since January last year “we have had over a million and a half people come back”.

“Any plan that the UN wants to implement after this in Afghanistan should be based on the people’s needs,” said Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, Senior Advisor to the Afghan President on UN Affairs.

The joint commitment comes as Afghanistan faces an influx of return refugees from Iran and Pakistan.

Analysts said the expansion of humanitarian programs in the country will help the resettlement of these refugees in the country.

Sergey Kwan

TCA