UK Earmarks Fresh Funds for Afghanistan

A DFID-funded project in Afghanistan helps local women contribute to their household's income. The U.K. has pledged 200 million pounds worth of new assistance for Afghanistan. Photo by: DfID / CC BY 2.0 DfIDCC BY 2.0

The U.K. has pledged 200 million pounds (USD295 million) worth of new assistance to Afghanistan. The money will support a U.K. Department of International Development-led initiative to create more jobs, build the capacity of the Afghan National Police and support the government’s civil service reform project.

The initiative comprises a series of four-year programs, which include a review of how the international community can help improve police performance in Afghanistan and agriculture-focused training, livelihood and education projects. DFID will also increase its support for community-based projects that focuses on restoring stability in key districts, including the Helmand province.

The package, which was announced by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron while visiting Afghanistan on June 10, also includes assistance to increase the government’s revenue generation.

Further details of the assistance package will be unveiled by U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell in an international conference in Kabul on July 20.

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