Afghanistan: Future at risk if development not prioritised
International Development Secretary warns that the international community must make long-term development commitments to Afghanistan or risk gains being lost.
The international community must make long-term development commitments to Afghanistan or risk gains being lost, International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, warned last week on his return from a two-day visit to Helmand and Kabul.
Speaking days before he headed the British delegation at the donor conference in Tokyo on 8 July, he underscored the UK’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan, setting out plans for UK development support up to 2017 and pledging that Britain would maintain its current funding levels of £178 million a year for the next five years. He indicated that Britain would continue to support Afghanistan through a ‘transformation decade’ up to 2025, as long as the Afghan government continues to deliver reforms.