In Afghanistan, Squandered US Aid Could Hit Billions

    Insufficient oversight of U.S. aid money in Afghanistan may result in squandered U.S. development financing since 2002 to reach “well into the millions, if not billions, of dollars,” according to Arnold Fields, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, or SIGAR.

    “There are no controls in place sufficient enough to ensure taxpayers’ money is used for the (intended) purpose,” Fields was quoted by Reuters as saying.

    The U.S. has poured USD56 billion into Afghanistan since 2002, USD29 billion of which was used to strengthen Afghan security and USD16 billion to development initiatives.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. has contributed USD12.1 million to support justice reforms in the Islamic nation. The two-year program aims to improve Afghanistan’s judicial system; increase public awareness on legal issues, rights and services; and enhance the investigation and prosecution of crimes against women and girls. The International Development Law Organization will manage the funding.

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.