Afghanistan to Seek More Control Over Reconstruction Funds

Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Photo by: Mark O'Donald / isafmedia / CC BY isafmediaCC BY

The Afghan government wants a bigger say in the management of approximately USD13 billion worth of aid pledged by donors for the country’s reconstruction.

At a key international conference in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai aims to seek more control over the reconstruction funds, Reuters reports.

Karzai said he wants direct control and access to at least 50 percent of the USD13 billion pot.

The Afghan president, whose government has been repeatedly criticized for allegedly squandering foreign aid money, explained that most of the waste in funding happens on development projects not controlled by the government.

The Kabul conference, which is expected to draw key officials from more than 60 countries and international organizations, will tackle the country’s development agenda.

As Devex reported, the Afghan government outlined on July 8 its 23 national priority programs focusing on development, governance and peace and security.

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