Charities in Afghanistan, facing pressure to become more self-sufficient as Western nations wind down their military involvement in the country, are struggling to maintain donor support as reports of widespread corruption scare off contributors, according to Reuters.
Donations to nonprofit groups have waned since Afghanistan’s government shut down 175 charities earlier this year — almost 10 percent of the country’s total — for failing to submit annual reports on waste and corruption. The aid drop has raised concerns about whether Afghan charities can maintain services after NATO forces leave the country in late 2014.
The decline will be on the agenda at a conference on Afghan aid, to be held in Tokyo on Sunday. Donors are expected to commit about $4-billion for 2003, down from more than $6-billion in development assistance pledged in the peak year of 2010.
“We are not blind, and we all feel considerable fatigue among the taxpayers of Europe and beyond,” said Vygaudas Usackas, the European Union’s special representative in Afghanistan. He said continued support from the Union, which contributes $1.5-billion a year, hinges on Afghan progress in security, financial management, and human rights.