Norway threatens to cut aid to stricken Afghanistan
Norway has threatened to reduce aid to Afghanistan, signalling increasing frustration among donor nations over the Kabul government’s failure to implement reforms as Nato troops prepare to withdraw.
At an aid meeting in Kabul on Wednesday, Norway said that Afghanistan was not living up to its commitments to prepare for credible elections, to improve women’s rights and to fight corruption.
The meeting was held one year after a conference in Tokyo where donors pledged $16 billion to Afghanistan on strict condition that progress would be made to reform the country as foreign military intervention winds down.
Norway, one of the ten biggest aid donors, made a stinging submission to the meeting in Kabul and said that a ‘reduction in our bilateral programme is one option that will be considered’ due the failures of the Afghan government.
‘Norwegian authorities note with disappointment the slow and uneven progress that has characterised the follow-up to the commitments made (in Tokyo),’ said the statement seen by AFP on Sunday. agencies