US tops global donors with $400 million humanitarian aid to Afghanistan in 2023

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid has released a report indicating that over $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid was provided to Afghanistan in 2023, with the United States contributing more than $400 million to the cause.

US Chargé d’Affaires for Afghanistan, Karen Decker, shared the report on X, emphasizing that the United States is proud to be the top donor supporting Afghanistan.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid report, in 2023, a total of 65 countries, organizations, and institutions extended humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

The report highlights the United States of America as the leading donor, with a contribution exceeding $400 million within a span of ten months. In contrast, UNICEF Iceland is listed at the bottom of the donor list, with a contribution of nearly $8,000 to Afghanistan.

OCHA statistics for 2023 reveal that the United States provided over $400 million, followed by the Asian Development Bank with more than $183 million, the European Union with nearly $125 million, the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund with less than $95 million, and Japan with almost $80 million in humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan.

The table within the report presents the contribution amounts from sixty other countries and donor institutions.

Donors to Afghanistan in 2023:

US: $400,738,985

Asian Development Bank: $183,300,000

European Union: $124,511,694

Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund: $94,546,405

Japan: $79,817,598

World Bank: $75,053,933

Germany: $34,680,772

Sweden: $33,079,720

United Kingdom: $30,726,021

Canada: $27,971,593

Some Afghans residing in the country question the impact of aid and believe that it has not significantly alleviated poverty and unemployment in Afghanistan.

According to information from the US special inspector, the United States has provided nearly $2 billion in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the second half of 2021. However, there are concerns that the funds may be falling into the hands of the Taliban rather than benefiting Afghan citizens.

Recently, a member of the US Senate has proposed a plan to halt financial aid to Afghanistan, which, if implemented, would cut off all US financial assistance under the Taliban administration.