IN ASIA

Weekly Insights and Analysis

Donor Community Must Allow Afghans to Assume Control

August 5, 2009

By Fazel Rabi Haqbeen

“In 2001, when foreign militaries – including the American, Belgian, British, Canadian, Danish, German, Italian, and Turkish – entered the country, Afghans welcomed them warmly, strewing flowers as they passed through towns and villages. There was widespread hope that the country would finally see peace and stability after decades of war.

Eight years later however, there is still a consistent failure to establish suitable and effective mechanisms for security and development. Both security assistance and development assistance have taken a short term view – primarily addressing immediate and acute problems rather than identifying and responding to underlying weaknesses. Such a “quick fix” approach has cost time and popular support, and has wasted resources and opportunities. Creation of a parallel governance structure has undermined national authority, inhibited national initiative, weakened security, and slowed development. Prospects of sustainable development are slim.” Read the full article.

Fazel Rabi Haqbeen is The Asia Foundation’s Senior Program Officer in Afghanistan. He can be reached at fhaqbeen@asiafound.org. Below is an excerpt of an article that he wrote on the international community’s role in development in Afghanistan as a Visiting Fellow with the Regional Voices program at the Stimson Center.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About our blog, In Asia

In Asia is a weekly in-depth, in-country resource for readers who want to stay abreast of significant events and issues shaping Asia\’s development, hosted by The Asia Foundation. Drawing on the first-hand insight of over 70 renowned experts in over 20 countries, In Asia delivers concentrated analysis on issues affecting each region of Asia, as well as Foundation-produced reports and polls.

In Asia is posted and distributed every Wednesday evening, Pacific Time and is accessible via email and RSS. If you have any questions, please send an email to editor.inasia@asiafoundation.org.
Subscribe

Contact

For questions about In Asia, or for our cross-post and re-use policy, please send an email to editor.inasia@asiafoundation.org.

The Asia Foundation
465 California St., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104


Mailing Address:
PO Box 193223
San Francisco, CA 94119-3223

HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA

Annual Report 2016

Addressing the critical issues facing Asia

View the report

Annual Report 2016

Addressing the critical issues facing Asia

View the report