The Ministry of Economy announced it had set up a monitoring committee in Kabul and other provinces to oversee humanitarian aid in the country.
According to the ministry, the aim of establishing this committee is to distribute humanitarian aid to vulnerable and needy people in a transparent manner.
“Our oversight work is completely transparent. In the provinces, the Department of Economy, together with the relevant departments and the cooperation of the governor, oversees the assistance. For example, if there is medicine, we monitor it with the cooperation of the Ministry of Health,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy minister of the MoE.
Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned of rising poverty in Afghanistan. The head of UNOCHA said that women and children in Afghanistan need more humanitarian assistance.
“Humanitarian needs in Afghanistan remain alarmingly high. Millions of women, men, and children are facing an uncertain future, even when it comes to their next meal. Whether affected by floods, drought, conflict, discrimination, or economic hardship, they need steadfast support,” Isabelle Moussard Carlsen, UNOCHA head, tweeted.
Shafiqa is poor and must beg with her two children on the streets of Kabul from morning to evening. She says that no help has been provided so far for her.
“No one has helped us yet, no one knows the poor people, I come here from morning till evening. If people give me something, I will take it with me and if not, I will go home and my children will be hungry,” she said.
But some economists believe that humanitarian aid cannot reduce the poverty rate in the country.
“Jobs must be created to reduce poverty, and for this purpose, work must be done on small and large enterprises in order to create jobs and find jobs in villages and towns,” said Muzmal Shinwari, an economist.
“The Afghan government needs to have long-term plans with well-defined, strategic economic plans to provide investment opportunities in the sectors that create jobs,” said Abdul Nasir Rashtia, an economist.
In recent months, global aid organizations have distributed food and other aid to the needy, but many Afghans still suffer from a humanitarian crisis.