NGOs estimate that less than half the aid sent to Afghanistan is allocated directly to projects. Special report by Claire Billet.
The aged, bearded man points to the asphalt on the road in front of his house in Kapisa province, two hours from
The project to reconstruct the main road started a year ago but it's surprisingly quiet now. No one is working there. “Have a look. They have made this bridge but it's not strong enough. It's been ruined by the cars driving on it," says Mohamed Jabar, head of programs at the Ministry for Development in Kapisa province.
Low-quality materials were used and the work was badly done. So the Afghan Ministry for Development decided to break the contract with that reconstruction company and start anew. The project of building 40 km of road will cost $3 million, funded by the
This is just one example of the problems surrounding effectiveness of aid in
“We have to be honest in deciding which bodies and which programmes have been effective and deliver goods to them," he adds.
This question is at the heart of the debate at the conference of international donors in
The financing system is complex and often opaque. In 2007, a package of $1.3 billion was mobilized by the international community. But according to Lorenzo Delesgues, Director of the NGO Integrity Watch
“Out of every 100 euros, 20 go to security, 15 to salaries, 10 to 15 to subcontractors. So we only have half the original amount to implement projects,” he laments.
International organizations are aware of the cost. They will use the
Date created : 2008-06-12