The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has launched a new fund to channel international humanitarian aid directly to Afghan citizens, a new channel to avoid possible concerns after the Taliban came to power.
The new special trust fund for Afghanistan is to raise 600 million euros in the first year to reach 4.5 million people, reports the DPA news agency. UNDP has already reported an initial donation of 50 million euros from the federal government.
In this way, the UN wants to release funds that were frozen when the Taliban came to power and, together with local partners, help maintain or repair basic infrastructures, for example. It is also designed to help keep small businesses afloat or provide direct help to the elderly or the frail.
The UNDP administrator, Achim Steiner, emphasized that Afghanistan “immediately” needed humanitarian aid, and at the same time emphasized the urgency of “keeping the local economies going”. “It is important to ensure people’s livelihoods and that they feel they have a future in their communities,” he said.