Donors Set 12 Conditions for Continued Support to Afghanistan

From the 12 conditions, nine are belonged to the continued international aid to Afghanistan while three others belonged to the international community.

TOLOnews has obtained a document that shows that the international community has defined 12 conditions as part of its continued financial aid to Afghanistan in the next four years. The document has been shared both with the Afghan government and the Taliban.

From the 12 conditions, nine are belonged to the continued international aid to Afghanistan while three others belonged to the international community to comply with its commitments towards Afghanistan.

The principles reflected in the document represent the core values of the international community and high-level development goals as the necessary basis for international support.

Principles of the Afghanistan Partnership Framework:

Core principles, strong performance required for continued donor engagement:

1. Commitment to democracy, the rule of law, human rights and gender equality, embedded in the Constitution, and respect for Afghanistan’s international commitments are prerequisites for donor support.

2. Commitment to ensuring full equality between women and men, girls and boys, in all aspects of life, political, economic and social.

3. Commitment to effective implementation of the principles of governance embedded in the constitution.

4. Commitment to an inclusive Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process and sustainable peace; with a meaningful role for victims of conflict and due account taken of victims’ rights; ensuring meaningful participation of women, youth, ethnic and religious minorities, refugees, urban and rural voices in the negotiation of a peace agreement and taking necessary measures to address exclusion, under-representation, and other sources of grievance.

5. A secure and stable environment that underpins sustainable economic and human development.

6. ANPDF II, as per its guiding principles, is to articulate, integrate and roll out the processes of peace-building, state-building, and market-building as instruments of nation-building.

7. Ensuring good governance, providing quality services to all citizens and promoting stability.

8. A meaningful, demonstrable fight against corruption.

9. Continued government commitments towards sound macro-economic policies and public financial management, and international support towards key reforms and reinforcement of good governance.

Partnership and aid-effectiveness principles:

10. The Partners commit to the four principles of effective development cooperation that form the basis of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: country ownership,  a focus on results, inclusive partnerships involving the full diversity of actors in the country, and transparency and accountability to citizens.

11. The Partners acknowledge conditionality as a core element of the aid architecture and commit to the principles in the APF.

International partners also commit to increasing transparency in their communications and reporting to the government.

12. International partners strive for providing predictable multi-year aid.

This comes a day after Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the nominee for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an address to the parliament said there might be a reduction in the international community’s pledge to Afghanistan in the upcoming Geneva Conference as the world economy has been affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

“All international assistance, military and civilian, that was pledged to Afghanistan will end within the next two months, therefore, the Geneva conference needs to be held so that once again we have the international community’s assistance to the government and the people of Afghanistan,” Atmar told lawmakers. “There is a possibility that the international community shows its inability (to assist Afghanistan.”

The Afghan government said that Kabul is fully committed to the world in terms of safeguarding the gains Afghanistan has made in its strides towards democracy.

“We are committed with the international community about their continued aid. Of course, there is the issue of the peace process that needs to be handled by Afghans. Protection of the political gains, social gains and the democratic system are part of this continuity,” said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

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The EU envoy called on the Afghan government to ensure a serious fight against corruption in order to attain the commitments of the international community.

Andreas von Brandt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union in Afghanistan on Tuesday said that the Taliban has lost the opportunity to attend the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, saying reduction in violence was the only option for the group to participate in the summit.

He said the surge in violence took the chance from the Taliban.

The EU envoy called on the Afghan government to ensure a serious fight against corruption in order to attain the commitments of the international community.

“I think it is very important to know that many of the players in Geneva have had contact with the Taliban and it is important that whoever wants to participate in the conference adheres to the criteria and the principles of human rights and of civility, so with the current high level of, extreme high level of violence, I don’t see it a good option to have the Taliban represented at the conference, but we have, I think all of us had reached out to them and had made sure that it could have been a possibility had the violence decrease, it could have been a good possibility to continue what has been talked about in Doha. Also in Geneva, it could have been a good opportunity to present themselves to the world, but I don’t see this happening now,” said the EU envoy.

The EU diplomat described the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan an important meeting at a critical juncture.

“The Afghanistan 2020 Conference is taking place at a very critical juncture. First of all, there is the pandemic and secondly, there is the peace talks. I think it is a very good sign that the conference is happening and I am very confident that the conference will have a major impact and will have a good result,” he said.

On corruption, he said: “The issue of corruption has to be tackled and has to be tackled more and in a decisive way because it is all about trust when it comes to fighting corruption. Citizens of Afghanistan will see that the funds that they are receiving from the international community are being used for their benefits.”

The 2020 Afghanistan Conference is the last pledging conference of the Transformation Decade (2015-24), which aims to take the country towards self-reliance, and is expected to renew international community and Afghan commitments to the development and stability of Afghanistan up to 2024, said a statement by event organizers.

The main conference will take place on November 24, with side events to discuss key challenges and accomplishments for Afghanistan occurring the day before.

Donors Set 12 Conditions for Continued Support to Afghanistan