Afghanistan: Innovative Risk Management Approaches for Local Aid Delivery
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Original versionChatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis Series
Future stability in Afghanistan depends in part upon continued delivery of development assistance throughout the country, albeit at reduced levels, to meet basic needs. Experience demonstrates that delivery of development assistance to Afghan villages and townships is possible, though not without risks, even in a more demanding security environment. Concerns about corruption, access, monitoring and evaluation do not represent an insuperable obstacle for development assistance. An innovative risk management and mitigation approach is needed, entailing flexibility, a high degree of donor coherence, and commitment to a medium- to long-term strategy. Engagement with the new government including through the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework will be essential.