Donor countries should stop focusing aid on provinces where they have military personnel. Afghans need to have a greater say in how the money is spent.
“They have to take the leadership, that is the only way to go," says Kai Eide, UN Special Envoy in Kabul, at a meeting with foreign correspondents in Oslo ahead of the Afganistan conference in Paris.
Coordinated action between civilian and military actors will likely become more closely integrated into Denmark’s coming defense strategy. An on-going study of Danish experience in Iraq and Afghanistan will feed into negotiations on a new Defense Agreement to be negotiated next year. But NGOs worry that closer civilian-military cooperation can further erode independent humanitarian space.
New statistics show that Norwegian bilateral aid to Africa has grown at a much slower rate than total aid under Development Minister Erik Solheim’s regime. In the last four years, Norwegain aid has increased by almost 50 per cent, while Africa aid is up by only 27 per cent. Meanwhile, aid to Asia and Latin America has risen dramatically.