Islamic Development Bank: 14 humanitarian projects implemented in Afghanistan last year

The Islamic Development Bank in its first report from the achievements of the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund said that 14 humanitarian projects were implemented in Afghanistan in 2023.

These initiatives aimed to provide essential aid to the most vulnerable populations within the country.

Muhammed Al-Jasser, president of the Islamic Development Bank, noted that the assistance addressed various sectors including food security, child nutrition programs, healthcare, innovative education, clean water, and sanitation services. The total expenditure for these projects was $35.35 million, with $24.14 million funded through the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund.

Mohammad Jamal Al Saati, advisor and coordinator for the fund at the bank, stated that the projects spanned agriculture, education, food security, health, irrigation, sanitation services, and livelihood opportunities. He emphasized that these initiatives could meet the fundamental needs of the Afghan people by creating job opportunities and building capacity.

The bank added that 16 projects are currently being implemented through the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund.

The report also highlighted that the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund is managed by the bank’s Global Partnerships and Resource Mobilization departments, in coordination with the Islamic Development Bank’s Regional Center in Ankara.

The bank stated that the purpose of establishing the Afghanistan Humanitarian Trust Fund is to mobilize financial resources from international donors willing to contribute to humanitarian aid and essential services for the people of Afghanistan. Since March 2024, approximately $35 million has been raised for aid to Afghanistan through this fund.