Experts are worried that Afghanistan is in danger of undergoing both a humanitarian crisis and an economic collapse as a result of cessation of funding to the Afghan government. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt, announced that Norway will continue its funding to Afghanistan through the UN and other non-state actors.
More specifically, Huitfeldt underlines that Norwegian funding will provide support services to civilians in Afghanistan and will be funneled through the Afghanistan Special Trust Fund, managed by the UN Development Program (UNDP).
This year, Norway has provided NOK275 million (US$32 million) in humanitarian funding to Afghanistan. With the new announcement, Norway will increase the funding by NOK 50 million (US$5 million). New funding will be distributed to partners in the field who support the most vulnerable Afghan citizens, especially young girls and women. As a result, some Norwegian funding will go to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to provide protection and assistance to Afghan women. UNFPA`s work includes both efforts related to reducing sexualized and gender-based violence and supporting reproductive health.
Norway`s total funding to Afghanistan this year will be NOK325 million (US$38 million). In addition, Norway will continue to support its longstanding relationships with international and Norwegian organizations operating in Afghanistan.