Germany, Afghanistan Forge Development Cooperation Deal

The German and Afghan governments have signed a development cooperation agreement that includes a first tranche of aid worth €133 million ($188.4 million) promised by the German aid ministry at the end of February.

German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel signed the deal, along with Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, on Thursday (March 31) in Kabul.

Niebel, who embarked on a four-day visit to the Central Asian nation March 29, said the next tranche of funding for Afghanistan will depend on the country’s governance improvements, particularly in fighting corruption, strengthening local government, keeping aid workers safe, and ensuring women’s and human rights.

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    Eliza Villarino currently manages one of today’s leading publications on humanitarian aid, global health and international development, the weekly GDB. At Devex, she has helped grow a global newsroom, with talented journalists from major development hubs such as Washington, D.C, London and Brussels. She regularly writes about innovations in global development.