RE: "AFGHANISTAN NON-DELIVERY OF $5 BILLION WORTH OF AID."

Submitted by Rosa Manson on March 25, 2008 - 5:26pm.

Hi!
OXFAM, today has put Afghanistan at the forefront of its news report as $5 billion (Dollars) worth of aid from the west has still not been delivered.
Afghansitan, if it needs to progress needs this aid, and the fact that 40% (as quoted by Reuters), returns tot he west for profits and salaries. How does that work?
Waht is happening as there was an agreement made with the Afghan Governemnt that all aid was to go through this way and be channelled to the Agancies that urgently require it.
I am disappointed as if this aid is in the country why has it not been delivered and what is hampering the relief effort?
As infrastructure at the moment is one of the main priorities in Afghanistan, so that once the roads are built then true reconstruction can begin.
Sandy Gall an ex-journalist whose expertise is Afghanistan, why was he not called as an envoy or special representative to assist with this?
It has been recommended that I trace this aid and see if there is a safe passage that can be given top priority for this to go through.
I am hoping that someone will be able to explain all this, as once again who is accountable for this?
Rosa

Submitted by jcravens42 on March 25, 2008 - 5:46pm.
Waht is happening as there was an agreement
> made with the Afghan Governemnt that all aid was
> to go through this way and be channelled to the
> Agancies that urgently require it.

That agreement is being met. But some foreign governments want agencies to hire people with the greatest amount of experience, rather than local people, feeling that it's the only effective way to undertake immediate critical action, rather than spending time training people in the complex skills needed. Not saying I agree with that approach, just trying to answer your question.

Sandy Gall an ex-journalist whose expertise is
> Afghanistan, why was he not called as an envoy or
> special representative to assist with this?

Has someone told you he wasn't?

It has been recommended that I trace this aid and see
> if there is a safe passage that can be given top priority
> for this to go through.

Really? Who has asked you to undertake this investigation? And when will you be arriving in Kabul? Because I'm sure you will be going onsite to Afghanistan if someone has asked you to trace the aid there -- I'm sure you wouldn't think of trying to do an assessment from outside of the country.

For those who would like to read the actual news stories and see the actual news sources:

Reuters
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080325/wl_nm/afghan_aid_dc;_ylt=AqkkW71518mkJmlDDFjdl7QJ1vAI

AFP
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080325/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunrestaid;_ylt=ApM0iz1v9kLyUKsp8YqurncJ1vAI

Shortfall of aid money undermines Afghan peace
http://www.afghanistannews.net/story/341107

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Jayne Cravens
www.coyotecommunications.com/development/
Bonn, Germany

Submitted by Rosa Manson on March 26, 2008 - 4:29pm.

Hi Jayne
In answer to your question, yes I will be going to Afghansitan, once all my documentation has been sorted out.
I will be visiting Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Herat; Mazor Jalalabad and on to the village of Nur Khel.
Working as a Humanitarian Emergency Advisor and Consultant my work involves looking into increased volume of aid particularly to rural areas.
Transparency by donors and improved information flows to the Afghan Government.
Better measurements of the impact, efficiency and relevance of aid.
Looking at the independent commission on aid effectiveness to monitor donor performance.
Looking into effective co-ordination between donors and with the Afghan Government.
As for Sandy Gall, no all I heard was that he had retired, but his expertise lies with Afghanistan. It is that no mention has been made of him, as he is such a prominent journalist, you would think that there would be something about what he is doing in Afghanistan on the news, even though this maybe restricted.
Rosa

Submitted by jakep on March 27, 2008 - 12:06pm.

I've only read the exec summary of the Oxfam/ACBAR report but I'm suprised it doesn't answer the original posters' question as to why initially promised aid has not appeared/been spent. A situation which after all is not uncommon. And before travelling off to Afghanistan, Rosa, I'd look at the work of AREU (amongst others), as they have also done some excellent work on aid (in)effectiveness here.

And why Sandy Gall? I'm sure he's a very good journalist, but does that make him qualified to act as a special envoy? (and an envoy of whom, to do what?)

On an Afghan tangent, the Globe and Mail newspaper is running a series of in-depth interviews with Talibs that's worth a look for those interested: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/talkingtothetaliban

Jake

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