The fine words are just that, Afghanistan is being pacified brutally while the killers cover up civilian casualties and lie about the level of aid they actually are delivering. Crime & war, business as usual, Afghanistan is the imperial blood sacrifice, money (always) for military deployment, a pittance for that ‘humanitarian’ brand that sells so well, the figures betray the real intention-
FT.com:- Afghanistan’s international backers have left the country billions of dollars short of the money promised to the poverty stricken country at last summer’s high-profile Paris aid conference, according to analysis by the Afghan government.
While $21bn (€16.8bn, £14.8bn) in aid was officially pledged by world governments at the conference in June, nearly a third of the total has proved to be old money that had been “double pledged”.
According to a detailed study by the Afghan ministry of finance, the US double pledged $3bn, while all of the $780m promised by the European Union had been announced previously. In total about $7bn, a third of the total, was double-pledged money.
A senior development official in Kabul said: “Everyone knew at the time this was not new money, but there was pressure from everyone, including the Afghan government, to come up with a big number.”
It is a problem that has hit all five of the international donor conferences held since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, with the ministry estimating that $11bn of the total $44.5bn promised over the years has been old money, re-announced.
The Afghan study also reveals that large parts of the National Development Strategy laid out by the Afghan government will go unfunded. The strategy, which cost an estimated $15m to prepare and was approved by donors at the Paris conference, sets out the government’s development priorities for the next four years.
The NDS puts a heavy emphasis on improving the country’s agricultural base but the finance ministry report shows that rural development will be underfunded by $412m in 2009 alone. Overall, there will be a $3.1bn shortfall for this year, with other key sectors, including health, education and infrastructure all suffering for lack of funds.
In a sign of where international priorities lie, nearly half of all available money will be spent on building up the security forces.