To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking with her international counterparts to provide civilian aid to Afghanistan.
3 March 2022
In August, the Prime Minister announced that the UK would double its assistance for Afghanistan to £286 million this financial year. This will support over 6.1 million people with life-saving aid. Since April, we have disbursed over £261 million and we are working at pace to allocate the remaining funding. On 31 March, the UK with the UN and Germany will host a pledging conference on Afghanistan to raise funds to scale up essential humanitarian support for the people of Afghanistan.
We are working with the international community to ensure a coordinated approach to Afghanistan - through the UN Security Council, the G20 and G7, and our engagement with countries in the region. The UK government continues to work closely with the UN and NGOs to ensure that UK aid benefits Afghans in need. In addition, the UK is playing a leading role in the international efforts to address the causes of the economic crisis in Afghanistan by working with the World Bank, UN and US to find ways for humanitarian agencies to access currency; and supporting the World Bank to unlock existing funds within the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund to help the Afghan people.