Thursday, August 22, 2019

No ‘European model’ in post-Taliban aid to Afghanistan

The United States and the World Bank set the terms for post-Taliban aid to Afghanistan and five European donors simply followed along. There was no “European model" for the world’s first post-9/11 humanitarian operation.

A major new evaluation of British, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and Irish humanitarian and development assistance to Afghanistan during 2001-4 faults these governments for not taking a more independent approach. The donors financed parallel structures based on expensive consultants and NGOs, creating resentment and fostering corruption.

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