This paper makes recommendations on how the security strategy of the international community should be changed in order to minimise the harm caused to Afghan civilians and reduce the disruption to development and humanitarian activities in the current environment in Afghanistan.
As independent humanitarian organisations, which adhere to humanitarian principles, the eleven NGO signatories to this paper can not and will not comment on the efficacy of the security strategies adopted by any of the parties to the conflict in Afghanistan.
The paper does not attempt to address all dimensions of the current conflict, but focuses specifically on issues which concern or relate to international security strategies and military forces as they affect Afghan civilians. It therefore addresses issues of relevance to officials in troop-contributing countries, for whom the recommendations are primarily intended. In particular, the paper is directed at politicians, policymakers and military officials attending the NATO Heads of State and Government Summit on 3-4 April in Germany.
Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation
International Rescue Committee
Marie Stopes International
Save the Children UK