Afghanistan needs international support. But what kind? Support Local NGOs!

September 13, 2021

Opinion | An age old story: bring in your own and crush the local. In its rush to help Afghanistan, the humanitarian world risks superimposing costly, parallel systems that ignore what already exists: a functioning public health sector, Afghan NGOs waiting for support, and aid agencies that have operated amid a complex crisis for years.  The West to often acts like it knows better at the cost of local empowerment.

Source: The New humanitarian, 9/13/21, Opinion from Karl Blanchet, Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies; Ahmad Shah Salehi, Health policy advisor at the Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan; Sayed Ataullah Saeedzai, Director General for monitoring and evaluation at the Ministry of Public Health, Afghanistan; Bertrand Taithe, Professor at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester: Afghanistan needs international support. But what kind?

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