Sabawoon Samim and Ashley Jackson TALEBAN PERCEPTIONS OF AID: - Conspiracy, corruption
25 July 2023
This is a sharp change from the Republic era when development assistance accounted for the lion’s share of the aid, was increasingly on-budget and explicitly provided to support the legitimacy and development of the then-government. [...] Responding to the UN’s temporary pause in activities after the ban on female workers, spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed 18 Taleban Perceptions of Aid: Conspiracy, corruption and miscommunication emphasised in a tweet the role of sanctions and the seizure of central bank assets in perpetuating the need for aid in the first place and emphasised that “Afghans have the capacity to stand on their own feet.”. [...] Nevertheless, it illustrates the gulf between the logic of aid work and the logic of the Taleban. [...] They had a distorted understanding of the movement and lacked the right contacts to ensure the safety of their staff and organisations when the Taleban took over the country. [...] This was compounded by the fact that they have been caught off guard by multiple events (not only the Taleban takeover but also the introduction of the ‘Procedure for Control and Regulation of the Activities of Domestic and International Organisations’ in February 2022, the ban on female schooling, cemented in March 2022 and the ban on women working for NGOs in December 2022 and the UN in April 20.