UN calls for more coordination between Afghan gov't and donors
Mark Ward, the special advisor on development to UN Secretary General's representative for Afghanistan, Monday urged donor countries to do more to coordinate with the Afghan government in the reconstruction process in the war-torn country. "UNAMA and the Government cannot do the coordination alone. We need the donors' generous support, but we also need them to change some of their approaches,"Ward said at a press conference, Xinhua reported.
The UN official blamed the donor community spent 70 per cent of their assistance outside of Government budgets, channelling only 30 percent through the government.
Ward noted that "It is the Government of Afghanistan that is in the best position to coordinate the donors", adding"not by telling the donors they should be better coordinated but by designing good programs for the donors to fund."
Afghanistan has come a long way since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 when the country was devastated by decades of civil war and the harsh rule of the Taliban.