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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan

04 Aug 2022

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Girls displaced by conflict study at a Child Friendly Space supported by humanitarian organizations. (Photo Credit: UNOCHA/Sayed Habib Bidell)

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights - 4 August 2022

Afghanistan  

Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) has again surpassed US$200 million this year, thanks to generous donor support.

This follows a record-high $270 million in contributions last year which made it the largest of 20 Country-Based Pooled Funds managed by OCHA.

So far this year, the Fund has made $189 million in humanitarian funding available to partners delivering life-saving assistance.

Some $19 million of this went to the response to the June 22nd earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people in Paktika and Khost provinces.

Since 15 August 2021 donors have contributed more than $421 million to the Fund, of which, over $332 million has been distributed to 90 partners delivering 375 humanitarian projects.

Afghanistan’s largest ever Humanitarian Response Plan costs $4.4 billion this year to reach 22.1 million people, and is currently only 39 per cent funded.

Amid surging global and food costs in the country, funding shortfalls and key commodity cost increases are affecting the ability of humanitarian partners to provide full packages of assistance, particularly for food.

It is estimated that the costs required to meet family’s monthly food needs have increased from $80 to $111, according to the World Food Programme.