The UN Development Program (UNDP) Afghanistan and World Bank have signed a $20 million dollar partnership agreement to support humanitarian, economic, and social development initiatives across Afghanistan.
The UNDP’s statement said that the new partnership will provide “tailored capacity building to NGO/CSOs within their work environment and support their Quick Impact Projects (QIPs)”.
The quick impact projects aim to enhance access to health, education, agriculture and increase food security and livelihood activities for vulnerable people including persons with disabilities.
“We thank the World Bank for showing solidarity and support to the NGOs and CSOs in Afghanistan and helping them grow when they need it most,” said UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Surayo Buzurukova. “This project also emphasizes UNDP’s priority in strengthening partnerships on the ground that is indispensable in supporting us to respond swiftly and flexibly to the community.”
Afghan officials at the Ministry of Economy praised the partnership agreement, saying the aid will be beneficial in eradicating poverty in Afghanistan.
“UNDP’s assistance had been very beneficial for Afghanistan, and the continuation of this assistance can eradicate poverty in the country,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, Deputy Minister of the Economy.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate has consistently urged that aid be distributed in coordination with government offices.
“It is a need that employment opportunities should be provided through this assistance until they (people) can gain their own livelihoods,” said Shaker Yaqoobi, an economist.