UK–Afghanistan improvement partnership abstract, July 2023


The Technique for Worldwide Improvement ( IDS ) locations improvement on the coronary heart of the UK’s international coverage. It units out a brand new strategy to improvement, anchored in affected person, long-term partnerships tailor-made to the wants of the international locations we work with, constructed on mutual accountability and transparency. This strategy goes past assist and brings the mixed energy of the UK’s international financial, scientific, safety and diplomatic strengths to our improvement partnerships. Our 4 priorities are to ship sincere, dependable funding, present girls and ladies with the liberty they should succeed, step up our life-saving humanitarian work, and take ahead our work on local weather change, nature and international well being. The Built-in Evaluation Refresh ( IR23 ) reiterates that sustainable improvement is central to UK international coverage and units out how the UK will go additional and sooner on improvement to scale back poverty and reinvigorate progress in the direction of the Sustainable Improvement Targets ( SDGs ). This nation improvement partnership abstract particulars how the IDS and IR23 will probably be put into follow with Afghanistan.

Nation context

The UK has offered improvement and humanitarian help to Afghanistan for over 2 a long time, spending some £3.7 billion on help since 2002. Throughout this era the UK contributed to improved well being outcomes with primary well being companies reaching 85% of the inhabitants, interventions akin to this resulted in a halving of maternal and toddler mortality. Major and secondary college enrolment elevated to 9.6 million in 2018, from 1.1 million in 2001. UK Official Improvement Help ( ODA ) for humanitarian help reached over 6 million individuals from 2014 to 2018, and an extra 4.4 million individuals had been reached between 2019 and 2020. General the UK’s funding had a constructive affect on well being companies and schooling, increasing Afghanistan’s infrastructure, and empowering girls and ladies.

Nevertheless the Taliban takeover in August 2021 had a dramatic affect on the nation’s social, financial and geopolitical state of affairs. Having been closely depending on exterior help, the takeover by the Taliban resulted in Gross Home Product falling by 20 to 30% and the Taliban authorities’ expenditure is now totally reliant on home revenues. The freezing of Afghanistan’s offshore central financial institution belongings together with the restricted correspondent banking relationships has made cross-border transactions difficult and restricted liquidity within the financial system. These deteriorating financial circumstances, mixed with ongoing drought and the legacy of a long time of battle dramatically elevated the variety of individuals in want of humanitarian help.

Firstly of 2023, the UN estimated that 28.3 million individuals, 2 thirds of the inhabitants, are in want of humanitarian help. While many of those wants are centered round guaranteeing entry to meals, there may be additionally a necessity to make sure that important companies akin to healthcare, clear water, schooling and safety companies are accessible. The widespread wants, and dramatic discount within the skill of the authorities to offer these companies has resulted within the UN humanitarian attraction for Afghanistan in 2023 being the biggest ever on document, requesting a complete of 4.6 billion US {dollars}. For the reason that Taliban’s takeover in 2021, human rights violations towards girls and ladies have elevated dramatically. Ladies are excluded from secondary and better schooling, and girls are banned from attending college: girls are prevented from working in a variety of sectors and have had limits positioned on their freedom to journey. In December 2022 the Taliban issued a decree banning Afghan girls from working for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and in April 2023 an analogous decree was issued limiting the rights of Afghan girls to work for the UN . The Taliban continues to pursue and implement insurance policies that systematically exclude girls from public life and undermine their human rights. This dangers girls and ladies being disproportionately affected by the worst impacts of the persevering with humanitarian and financial crises.

The UK’s overarching improvement priorities are offering emergency humanitarian help, and constructing the resilience of Afghans to raised stand up to the impacts of the present disaster. Regardless of the tough working setting, girls and ladies will stay on the coronary heart of what we do, each in defending the important position girls play in supply help but additionally in guaranteeing girls and ladies proceed to have entry to help that’s related to their wants.

The UK is among the prime 5 donors to Afghanistan and regularly engages with main bilateral donors, together with the US, EU, Germany, Japan, and the United Nations Mission to Afghanistan to proceed supporting the individuals of Afghanistan in a principled method. Our key implementing companions additionally embody UN businesses, the Pink Cross/Pink Crescent Motion, NGOs with the help of monetary establishments, together with the IMF, the World Financial institution, and the Asian Improvement Financial institution. The UK authorities doesn’t have a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, as an alternative there’s a UK mission to Afghanistan primarily based in Doha.

Why and the way: the UK’s improvement provide

The UK’s total goals in Afghanistan are broad and Afghanistan performs a vital position in regional stability. UK goals vary from minimising nationwide safety threats to the UK originating from Afghanistan; limiting additional financial and societal decline; offering lifesaving humanitarian help; selling and defending human rights and inspiring political pluralism.

The UK’s improvement priorities align with the UK’s Worldwide Improvement Technique – offering humanitarian help and placing girls and ladies to the fore in all that we do. Our ODA goals will probably be delivered by way of our funding in programmes, by way of the engagement of our technical advisory cadres and supported by FCDO ’s international diplomatic community.

Our provide focuses on the availability of life-saving humanitarian help, and supporting the resilience of Afghans by way of initiatives that present primary companies akin to well being and schooling, in addition to constructing livelihoods. By strengthening resilience we assist cut back dependence on humanitarian assist.

Our present goals are due to this fact: (1) save lives by way of an efficient humanitarian response, and (2) promote the financial, social stability and resilience of Afghans. These lists summarise the supposed outcomes over the following 2 years and past:

Efficient humanitarian response outcomes

Safety: marginalised and high-risk teams (together with girls and ladies) obtain safety companies and help. Multi-sectoral emergency help: Folks impacted by financial shocks, battle and pure disasters obtain well timed and sufficient humanitarian help. Coordination, studying & capability constructing: Strengthened supply of humanitarian assist by way of stronger co-ordination, proof and studying. Meals safety: meals safety for prioritised communities doesn’t considerably deteriorate with destructive coping methods minimised resulting in decreased mortality for high-risk teams. Demining: humanitarian emergency response and susceptible communities supported by way of launched land and explosive ordnance threat schooling.

Financial, social stability and resilience outcomes

Agriculture, livelihoods, and local weather: primary in-year meals wants are met by way of help to climate-smart agriculture and to earnings technology actions. Well being: to forestall the additional deterioration of well being outcomes with a concentrate on sustaining well being entry and choices for ladies, ladies and kids. Schooling: sustained entry to schooling on the main degree and entry to instructional alternatives for adolescent ladies.

We search alternatives to leverage funding from the Worldwide Monetary Establishments for the unprecedented ranges of want in Afghanistan. The UK has been on the forefront of efforts to repurpose current funds to help the Afghan individuals. In 2022 we efficiently labored with the Asian Improvement Financial institution to make $405 million accessible. That is along with over $1 billion that the World Financial institution agreed to make accessible by way of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Belief Fund for well being, schooling, livelihoods and meals safety.

Our international diplomatic community will proceed to work with the worldwide group to rescind the authorities’ insurance policies that repress girls and ladies. In all programmes we’ll guarantee FCDO companions are in a position to attain in danger girls and ladies and that feminine workers proceed to be supported to play an lively position within the supply of help.

Who we work with

The UK is a founding member of the Afghanistan Coordination Group ( ACG ), and former donor co-chair. Via the ACG and the strategic thematic working teams we form coverage and programming. Bilaterally we work intently with different donors, the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the worldwide monetary establishments to ship sustained primary human wants interventions for the Afghan individuals. The UK is one in all 3 donors who’ve observer standing on the humanitarian nation group in Afghanistan and one in all 2 donors with observer standing on the Humanitarian Entry Group. These positions allow technical advisors to contribute to discussions on the general response.

The UK works significantly intently with the World Financial institution on utilising the remaining funds held inside the Afghanistan Reconstruction Belief Fund ( ARTF ) to help primary companies and supporting rural and concrete livelihoods. We additionally work intently with the Asian Improvement Financial institution to take care of Asian Improvement Fund financing to help the supply of schooling and well being companies, alongside help to livelihoods and meals safety. We proceed to work intently with the World Partnership for Schooling ( GPE ), which the UK is the biggest contributor centrally, to proceed their help to the Afghanistan schooling system, in addition to with the worldwide Schooling Can’t Wait initiative. Via our central help to international well being initiatives such because the World Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), World Alliance for Vaccination (GAVI); UNFPA’s Reproductive Well being programme, and the World Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and thru our bilateral help to the ARTF , we’re persevering with to help primary well being care provision and the management and eradication of communicable illnesses throughout Afghanistan.

Key programmes

The next are the highest 3 bilateral assist programmes in keeping with budgeted expenditure for 2023 to 2024:

Supporting Humanitarian Help and Safety in Afghanistan programme

It will ship life-saving safety companies, multi-sectoral emergency help (together with meals, shelter, non-food gadgets and help for humanitarian system coordination and monitoring and studying throughout FCDO ’s primary humanitarian programmes. This can be a new programme for 2023.

Meals Safety and Livelihoods Programme

It will help tens of millions of Afghan individuals in a protected, dignified and coordinated technique to avert famine and stop extra mortality. It should ship meals help, built-in emergency WASH, vitamin and well being help and shield livelihoods. This can be a new programme for 2023.

Afghanistan Multi-12 months Humanitarian Response Programme

This was the important thing programme for the UK’s response to the disaster arising from August 2021. It should shut in 2023.

in monetary yr 2021 to 2022, UK funding to the UN Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund supported 4.3 million individuals with emergency help for well being, WASH, safety, shelter, meals, livelihoods, and schooling, of which 2.3 million had been girls and ladies

Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund supported 4.3 million individuals with emergency help for well being, WASH, safety, shelter, meals, livelihoods, and schooling, of which 2.3 million had been girls and ladies in monetary yr 2022 to 2023, UK assist help included £16 million offered to the Afghanistan Pink Cross 2022 attraction, serving to them attain 2 million individuals with medical consultations at 33 Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross (ICRC) supported hospitals

in monetary yr 2022 to 2023, by way of the World Meals Programme, the UK supported 4.1 million individuals with emergency meals, money and vitamin help, of which 2 million had been girls and ladies

Moreover Supporting Afghanistan Fundamental Providers (SABS) programme works to ship instantly required important companies. With a specific concentrate on girls and ladies, it helps entry to well being, schooling and livelihoods companies.

We plan to broaden our help to the availability of primary companies to enhance entry to companies akin to well being and schooling for the Afghan inhabitants.

Lesson studying from the Afghanistan Multi 12 months Humanitarian Response Programme has prompted a transfer to quite a lot of smaller extra agile programmes which is now mirrored within the Afghanistan Portfolio.

The Assurance and Studying Programme began in 2022 to strengthen oversight throughout the Afghanistan bilateral ODA portfolio by offering unbiased third-party monitoring and portfolio monitoring, analysis and studying ( MEL ).

Monetary info

Preliminary allocations have been set internally to ship the priorities set out within the Worldwide Improvement Technique (Could 2022) and the Built-in Evaluation Refresh 2023, primarily based on the FCDO ’s Spending Evaluation 2021 settlement.

The division’s spending plans for the interval 2022 to 2023 to 2024 to 2025 have been revisited to make sure His Majesty’s Authorities continues to spend round 0.5% of Gross Nationwide Earnings ( GNI ) on ODA . This was within the context of the numerous and sudden prices incurred to help the individuals of Ukraine and Afghanistan escape oppression and battle and discover refuge within the UK, and others in search of asylum. The federal government offered extra assets of £1 billion in 2022 to 2023 and £1.5 billion in 2023 to 2024 to assist meet these unanticipated prices. The federal government stays dedicated to returning ODA spending to 0.7% of GNI when the fiscal state of affairs permits, in keeping with the strategy confirmed by the Home of Commons in July 2021.

The nation improvement partnership summaries embody the breakdown of programme budgets allotted to particular person international locations for 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025. These allocations are indicative and topic to revision as, by its nature, the division’s work is dynamic. Programme allocations are regularly reviewed to answer altering international wants, together with humanitarian crises, fluctuations in GNI and different ODA allocation choices.

It must be famous that these figures don’t mirror the complete vary of UK ODA spending in these particular person international locations as they don’t embody spend delivered by way of core contributions to multilateral organisations, or regional programmes delivered by the FCDO ’s central departments. Different UK authorities departments additionally spend a considerable amount of ODA abroad. Particulars of ODA spent by different UK authorities departments could be discovered of their annual report and accounts and the Statistics for Worldwide Improvement.

Determine 1: 2023 to 2024 Allocation by sector. Humanitarian preparedness and reply, 71%; girls and ladies, 9%; local weather, nature and well being, 6%; different, 14%.

FCDO Official Improvement Help allocation

Allotted ODA finances for monetary yr 2023 to 2024 Indicative ODA finances for monetary yr 2024 to 2025 £100 million £151 million