Germany pledges EUR 183.6 million in development aid

Germany pledges EUR 182.6 million in development aid for Afghanistan

The German government has pledged €182.6 million equivalent to 17.4 billion afghanis to Afghan government that will be spent on development projects in Afghanistan in 2021.

Professor Claudia Warning, Director-General Middle East, Asia, Latin America, South-Eastern Europe and Eastern Europe, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), made the pledge in a virtual meeting with Nazir Kubra, Deputy Minister of Policy at Ministry of Finance,  the German Cooperation said in a statement on Wednesday, June 30.

According to the statement, the amount will include EUR 120 million for financial cooperation projects, 47.6 million euros for technical cooperation and 15 million euros for dealing with the causes of displacement-reintegrating refugees.

The German government will also release EUR 70 million to Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) by November this year. In particular, the budget will be allocated on improvement of human rights situation, civil services including strengthening role of women, transparency, and sound public financial management.

On the other hand, the institute said in addition to the aid, the German Foreign Ministry also pledged at the Geneva conference they will provide up to 430 million euros in civil assistance to Afghanistan during 1400 (solar year).

“We stand ready to work with the government and the many committed Afghans to contribute to a sustainable development of Afghanistan. We will only succeed in our joint efforts for a peaceful, socially just and economically strong Afghanistan if all actors are committed to a political solution to the ongoing conflict,” Ms. Warning said during her speech.

According to the German Development Cooperation, the country’s total technical and financial assistance to Afghanistan since 1336 (solar year) has reached four billion euros. The German government has promised to continue its support for Afghanistan until 2024.