Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund tops $1 billion, OCHA reports

A view of Kabul City. FILE PHOTO

The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) has surpassed the $1 billion milestone, receiving an additional $965 million from 31 donors over the past decade, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced.

Established in 2014 with an initial $46.65 million from six donors, the AHF has since supported an average of nine million people annually, funding 1,144 projects, OCHA’s report highlighted.

Indrika Ratwatte, who assumed the role of Deputy Special Representative and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan in January, discussed with OCHA the United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan.

He emphasized the challenges, goals, and strategies essential for making a significant impact. “My focus is on leveraging the United Nations Strategic Framework for Afghanistan to meet the Afghan people’s basic needs,” Ratwatte stated.

OCHA aims to ensure sufficient resources for this plan and to facilitate the execution of humanitarian programs by working alongside all UN agencies and implementing partners.