U.N. Dispatch: Aid Agencies Amplify Call for Civilian Delivery of Aid in Afghanistan at London Conference

29.01.10

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Afghan and U.S. soldier. Photo by David Axe.

by UNA MOORE

“We must ensure that development does not falter in Afghanistan,” Mercy Corps U.K. director Mervlyn Lee said in his opening remarks to more than one hundred leading development experts, community leaders, civil society activists and government officials at a civil society conference in London Tuesday. Organized by the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG), the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) and the High Commission of Canada in London, the conference kicked off four days of events around a U.K.-government-hosted summit on the way forward in Afghanistan.

Mr. Lee acknowledged progress in areas such as education and agriculture, but quickly moved to describing serious concerns Afghan and international aid agencies believe have not yet been confronted.

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One Response to “U.N. Dispatch: Aid Agencies Amplify Call for Civilian Delivery of Aid in Afghanistan at London Conference”

  1. TEJ says:

    Repeating a common refrain of aid agencies and dominant theme of the Tuesday conference, Mr. Lee criticized the proportion of international assistance funds being channeled through militaries of the NATO-led UN-mandated International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF).

    You know, DoD would actually like to get out of this game, but there’s no one to whom they can pass the baton. State? USAID? No capacity. EU and NGOs? More words than will. Brazil/Turkey/India/etc? Baby steps but still growing. The sleeping giant of development is Chinese FDI. Harness it and let the Chinese get rich and feed their countryside by building out Afghanistan. It’s the only other force big enough for the job, but some can’t stomach the fact that a profit will be made, especially by a *gasp* non-democratic nation.

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