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Monday, 23 May 2022 08:21 GMT

ADB approves $405 million to address Afghanistan's crisis


(MENAFN- Khaama Press)

The Asian Development Bank said that they have approved $405 million in grants to support food security and help sustain health and education services for the people of Afghanistan.

The ADB plans to provide direct financing to four United Nations organizations that have presence and logistics in Afghanistan and the support will be implemented through the UN agencies and their non-governmental partners.

The Asian Development Bank in a statement on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, said that the amount of money will be spent through UNICEF, FAO, WFP, and UNDP.

“The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will receive $135 million and $65 million respectively. These funds will enable the provision of emergency food to over 800,000 people and farm inputs, fertilizers, or small farm equipment to around 390,000 households. Around 168,000 people will be covered under food-for-work and cash-for-work programs.”

Meanwhile, UNICEF will be given $200 million to cover health services to 5.3 million Afghans and procure 2.3 million single-dose COVID-19 vaccines for the priority group.

UNICEF will also be providing a professional development program to 10,000 community-based education teachers and will also provide to 785,000 first graders learning materials in public schools.

UNDP is planning to be given $5 million to monitor project implementation.

It comes as over half of the Afghan population need life-saving assistance especially during the freezing winter.

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