The Management Committee of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) and the World Bank have approved three projects totaling $793 million to deliver urgent and essential food, livelihood, and health services to Afghans.
All three projects, according to the World Bank, will be handled by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations outside of the Taliban-led government’s control.
These programs are intended to assist women and girls in gaining access to project benefits.
According to a World Bank statement released on Friday, June 3, “The Afghanistan Emergency Food Security Project” would assist farmers in producing food and preventing further deterioration in food security.
The initiative will concentrate on wheat production, with 300,000 households supported in November 2022 and another 300,000 households supported in March-November 2023. A total of $195 million will be distributed in two installments of $150 million and $45 million.
The project will address the nutritional requirements of children, individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses, and women-led households by giving seeds and basic tools for backyard kitchen gardening, as well as technical training on enhanced nutrition.
Another $265 million initiative, “The Afghanistan Community Resilience and Livelihoods Project” will assist in providing short-term livelihood opportunities as well as critical essential services in rural and urban areas.
The project intends to give economic and livelihood opportunities to one million households in 6,450 rural villages across Afghanistan, as well as the cities of Bamyan, Herat, Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Kunduz, and Balkh.
With a total budget of $333 million, “The Afghanistan Health Emergency Response Project” will also improve the utilization and quality of key health services in Afghanistan.
With the help of national and foreign service providers, this project aims to deliver basic health, nutrition, and Covid-19 services in over 2,300 health centers across the country.
International aid to Afghanistan came to a standstill after the Taliban reclaimed control of the country in August 2021, and the country’s economy, which had previously relied on foreign aid, was on the verge of collapsing.
Furthermore, following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, media freedom was severely curtailed, most women were forbidden from their jobs, and girls in grades six and above were not allowed to return to school.