International aid for Afghanistan development fallen by 46 percent, says MoF
International aid for Afghanistan’s development sector has fallen by 46 percent compared to 2010, said deputy minister for the Ministry of Finance (MoF), Naheed Sarabi in a press conference held on Sunday, December 01, in Kabul.
As she detailed, the total amount
of international assistance has decreased from USD 15.7 billion in 2010 to USD
8.4 billion in 2018.
Military and financial assistance
of the international community started to decline after the transition period,
started in 2010. Since then, the Afghan government has worked on mechanism and
initiatives towards its self-reliance, Ms. Sarabi stated.
According to the deputy minister,
Afghanistan’s national revenue has increased by two folds, from USD 1.3 in 2010
to USD 2.6 billion in 2018.
In line with the international
aid to Afghanistan development sector, the public expenditure has also seen a
downturn since 2010.
The MoF senior official said that
the public expenditure has decreased by 35 percent compared to 2010 when the
total expenditure was around USD 17 billion. The total amount of public expenditure
has decreased to around USD 11 billion in 2018.
According to Ms. Sarabi, of the USD 11 billion financial commitments pledged to Afghanistan in the Brussels conference in 2016 by 29 countries, five billion dollars is currently being spent on different development projects.
Despite the improvements made in different
sectors, aid delivery is still largely ineffective in the country and the level
of poverty is on an upswing trend.