The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said that there were 133 access incident reports in January 2023.
According to the SIGAR’s report, the incidents included one aid worker being injured, 15 aid workers arrested, Islamic Emirate authorities conducting a search of an NGO, and 42 incidents where women could not access work.
The report said that the US State Department told SIGAR, “Taliban interference in aid operations—including attempts to influence beneficiary selection and staff recruitment, and pressuring organizations to share sensitive data, such as beneficiary information—has contributed to a decline in humanitarian access.”
However, the Deputy Minister of Economy, Abdul Latif Nazari, said that the Islamic Emirate is not interfering in aid delivery.
“The Islamic Emirate is not interfering in the activities of the aid organizations and they only monitor the aid for transparency,” he said.
Economists and politicians said there is a need for economic plans to come into effect to eliminate the humanitarian crisis.
“The investment can have a good role in areas that provide jobs and also can play a good role in the elimination of the humanitarian crisis, but we were not able to put an end to these crises through short-term humanitarian aid,” said Abdul Naseer Rishtia, an economist.
“This is a critical issue. When an organization is given a license, it should be allowed to conduct its activities freely,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
SIGAR said that despite the Islamic Emirate takeover, the United States remains the largest donor to the Afghan people and has appropriated more than $2.1 billion since August 2021.