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Dangers of Militarized Aid in Afghanistan (January 2010)

Dangers of Militarized Aid in Afghanistan (January 2010)

by freeform | January 8, 2010
  • Every half hour, an average of one Afghan woman dies from pregnancy-related complications, another dies of tuberculosis and 14 children die, largely from preventable causes.
  • While it costs approximately $1 million a year to support the deployment of one US soldier in Afghanistan, an average of just $93 in development aid has been spent per Afghan per year over the past seven years.
  • The militarized aid approach focuses not on alleviating poverty but on winning the loyalty of Afghans through the provision of aid
  • Though no reliable militarized aid figures are publicly available or reported to the Afghan government, an estimated $1.7 billion of humanitarian and development aid has been delivered by international military forces.
  • The focus of some donors is increasingly on providing aid to areas that are insecure or where foreign forces are present, more stable – but desperately poor – parts of the country are being overlooked.
    • One-third of funds for the coming year, approximately $400 million, or $285 per capita, are reportedly earmarked for Helmand province. By comparison, Takhar province received just an average of $43 per capita.

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