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Afghanistan: Future at risk if development not prioritised

July 12, 2012

International Development Secretary warns that the international community must make long-term development commitments to Afghanistan or risk gains being lost.

Andrew Mitchell meeting with beneficiaries in Helmand, Afghanistan

Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell meeting with beneficiaries of a UK-supported training project during his visit in Helmand, Afghanistan. Photo: DFID/Cleo Blackman

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.

Continues at: dfid.gov.uk – Afghanistan: Future at risk if development not prioritised

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  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    July 12, 2012 19:01

    Surely Afghanistan need now and for more time the commitment by internationals states to mantain all has been conquered, consolidate and rise all economics progress. On same time the commitment is indispensable to eliminate corruption and avoid a return back, as corruption block any economic progress.The other aspect that need the support of international community is democracy, other than human rights respect.These aspect constitute a one may not dividable.
    We have a duty toward Afghanistan and his people and we may not arrest now our actions of support and aid. claudio Alpaca

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