Netherlands donates 25 million euros to Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund for 2023

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan has said that the Netherlands has recently contributed €25 million to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) as the country plunges further into a humanitarian crisis.

OCHA set up AHF as a response to complex emergencies and support the highest-priority projects to cater to the needs of the most vulnerable people.

This UN agency in Afghanistan announced in a tweet that the Netherlands continues to support life-saving responses for the people of Afghanistan and is the highest contributing donor to the AHF for 2023, followed by the UK, Sweden, Italy, and Germany.

According to OCHA, this new contribution brings the Netherlands’ total contribution to the AHF to €74 million since 2016.

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, with over two-thirds of the population, approximately 28.8 million people, now requiring urgent humanitarian assistance.

The humanitarian response, led by OCHA, has appealed a total of $3.2 billion in assistance from the international community, but this UN humanitarian agency has only $463.2 million so far, while a $2.8 billion funding gap remains.