DFID Increases Funding for Afghanistan

The UK Department for International Development's four-year commitment to Afghanistan amounts to GBP510 million. This is an increase from the initial GBP345 million announced in 2008.

"At least 50 percent of our annual budget to Afghanistan will go directly to the government," Devex learned from a DFID official.

The official said that the agency's funding will continue to support infrastructure rehabilitation in the Helmand province as well as economic growth and governance efforts. DFID also aims to increase revenues, tackle corruption, support the informal justice sector, and work with civil society for accountability. It seeks to improve agricultural productivity and provide livelihood alternatives to rural communities, especially those engaged in poppy cultivation.

Afghanistan is the sixth largest DFID program worldwide. The 2009-2013 country plan is fully aligned with the Afghanistan National Development Strategy.

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