Afghanistan in Limbo
New aid priorities and the funding crisis putting future progress at risk
A new and uncertain chapter has begun in Afghanistan’s bloody and poverty-stricken recent history, as most foreign troops prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014. Although there have been some improvements since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Its human development indicators are very low as a result of decades of conflict, high food and fuel prices and a succession of natural disasters, including drought, flash floods and earthquakes.
Islamic Relief believes it is critical at this time of transition not to abandon the people of Afghanistan to their fate but to prepare for future challenges and reinforce international support for efforts to lift Afghans out of the vicious cycle of poverty and conflict. We are concerned that the country is in danger of being left in limbo as support for aid ebbs away, putting recent gains and future progress at risk.
Chekhar, L. Cottingham, M and Curtis.M (2014). Afghanistan in Limbo.Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham, [Online] Available: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/content/uploads/2014/04/Afghanistan-report.pdf