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Tuesday, 5th August 2014

Afghanistan: Quarterly Report to the United States Congress [July 2014]

Source: Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

From Can Afghanistan Sustain its Reconstruction Gains?:

Beyond the immediate challenge of insurgency and presidential transition, Afghanistan’s next government faces another tough test: achieving self-sufficiency.

In its donor-assisted attempts to emerge from deep poverty and civil war, Afghanistan has become “almost unique” in its dependence on aid, according to the World Bank. The United States and other international donors fund more than 60% of the Afghan national budget, as well as countless reconstruction programs and projects that currently operate off-budget. With the withdrawal of U.S. and Coalition troops, the responsibility for those programs and projects is being turned over to the Afghan government. Although donors have pledged large-scale aid for years to come, their generosity may wane as their presence declines. Meanwhile, the drawdown of military and other foreign personnel has already cooled economic activity, slowing the growth of government revenues.

In such a setting, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance says, “Achieving fiscal sustainability is the main goal of Afghan government.” A May 2014 International Monetary Fund (IMF) report concurs: “Afghanistan needs to move toward fiscal sustainability to reduce its dependence on donor support.”

In 2013, the Afghan government’s domestic revenue was only about $2 billion, while its overall budget expenditures were $5.4 billion. Donor grants made up the difference, funding 63% of the budget. Afghanistan’s current budget, approved in January 2014, is about $7.6 billion, with donor grants expected to fund about $4.8 billion, or still more than 60% of the total.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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