Netherlands Issues Aid Warning to Afghanistan

The Netherlands has threatened not to go ahead with its 2010 reconstruction aid for Afghanistan worth 25 million euros (USD37 million) if the government of President Hamid Karzai fails to "take measurable steps against corruption,"

reports. According to ministry spokeswoman Annelou van Egmond, Dutch Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders made the assertion before parliament, which annually votes on Afghan aid. The funding will be used to cover salaries of teachers and medical personnel, and go toward projects providing electricity infrastructure, drinking water and microcredits, van Egmond added.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.

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