Reply Sat 6 Aug, 2011 10:34 am

World fails Afghanistan despite spending billions

KABUL (Reuters) - The global community has failed to create a politically stable and economically viable Afghanistan despite pouring billions of dollars into the South Asian nation during a decade-long war against the Taliban, says the International Crisis Group.

The Brussels-based think tank said the United States and its allies still lacked a coherent policy to strengthen Afghanistan ahead of a planned withdrawal of foreign combat troops from the unpopular war by the end of 2014.
"Despite billions of dollars in aid, state institutions remain fragile and unable to provide good governance, deliver basic services to the majority of the population or guarantee human security," it said in a report released this week.

Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since U.S.-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban government in late 2001, with high levels of foreign troop deaths, and record civilian casualties during the first six months of 2011.
Afghanistan relies on foreign aid for around 90 percent of its spending, but many international donors are reluctant to channel aid through the country's ministries because of a lack of capacity and rampant corruption.
Public sector corruption is seen as worse than in any other country except Somalia, and equal to Myanmar, according to Transparency International. President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged graft exists in his government but says foreigners are also to blame.

"The impact of international assistance will remain limited unless donors, particularly the largest, the U.S., stop subordinating programing to counter-insurgency objectives, devise better mechanisms to monitor implementation, adequately address corruption and wastage of aid funds," said the International Crisis Group (ICG).

  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 3 • Views: 2,199 • Replies: 4
No top replies

Reply Sat 6 Aug, 2011 10:52 am
Usually don't think of Afghanistan as South Asian, but otherwise this article agrees with much of what I've been reading and hearing for the last decade.

It's a stinking mess there.
0 Replies
Reply Sun 28 Aug, 2011 09:32 pm
Everything stated is pretty much on the money. However, should we keep pumping resouces into a country that has no desire to stop its current life style of killing for nothing and let it spread even faster or stay the course and keep the fighting there. Is there a right answer?
Reply Sun 28 Aug, 2011 09:42 pm
Staying the course means continuing an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation, which is a war crime.

The Afghans can take care of their own country. They have immense wealth in natural resources, they are in a position to market by pipeline one of the richest areas of oil in the world. This is why the US is in Afghanistan. This is why the US should get out of Afghanistan. The US has caused way too much grief and suffering with its political machinations over the last 20 years.
Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 03:01 am
JTT wrote:
Staying the course means continuing an illegal invasion
WHAT is "illegal" about it????

What law did it violate??

JTT wrote:
of a sovereign nation, which is a war crime.
What "war crime" IS it???

Please explain.

0 Replies

Related Topics

  1. Forums
  2. » Was there ever any doubt?
Copyright © 2022 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.03 seconds on 06/27/2022 at 05:02:54