Pledging in Geneva: How much aid, and for what?
This policy note has been written prior to the 2020 Geneva Afghanistan donor pledging conference. It indicates how much assistance donors need to provide over the coming five years to sustain a viable Afghan state. Donors will be pledging against the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework, a country-led strategy that has much to commend it but which needs much greater prioritization.
Published: 12 November 2020
- The basis for this should be a focus on addressing destabilizing grievances. Donors should concentrate their funding on a shortlist of those national programs best able to address these grievances, and on a major short-term job creation effort to counter the nation’s rapid descent into poverty.
- The draft Afghanistan Partnership Framework, the document which spells out mutual expectations between the government and the donors, is seriously flawed. A realistic, results-oriented redraft would focus on a few measurable indicators of government performance designed to reduce corruption in the use of donor funds, and to improve the performance of key government agencies; in return, donors should provide increasing amounts of their aid on-budget.
- A dedicated economic dialogue with the Taliban is essential to ensure they are fully acquainted with the nature of the Afghan economy and the realities of government-donor relationships.
This paper is the second in a two paper series, the first of which was published in April 2020 and is available here.
There will be a workshop for donor representatives on Wednesday 18th November - for more information and to register please visit the event page for the workshop here.