Military efforts in Afghanistan skyrocket while Nordic aid lags behind
All Nordic countries are scaling up their military efforts in Afghanistan while aid investments fell. This year they will spend 80 per cent more on military efforts than aid; a reversal since 2004 when twice as much funding went to development assistance as military efforts.
The most dramatic change has taken place in Sweden. While Swedish aid was three times that of military expenses in Afghanistan in 2004, Sweden’s military engagement is now more than double its civilian efforts.
Norway has the largest military and civilian engagement in Afghanistan. Denmark expands its military support at a fast pace in the Southern province of Helmand. Finland has the most stable balance between aid and military efforts in Afghanistan, but is a smaller player, Development Today’s survey of Nordic Afghanistan policies shows.