Aid access challenges in Afghanistan

Photo: John James/IRIN

NCHS’s Arne Strand (Deputy Director, CMI) provided comments to the analysis¬†Challenges around aid in Afghanistan,¬†published in the humanitarian news and analysis service, IRIN. The analysis discusses the challenges of aid access, risk management and monitoring in Afghanistan after the handover of security by NATO-led ISAF to Afghan Security Forces.

Reminding of the fragmentation within Afghanistan, Strand anticipates that serious NGOs with knowledge and dedicated staff will remain, but that “monitoring capacity will need a boost in the current environment.”

The author, John James, states that: “To face the future security challenges, analysts suggest a range of measures, from negotiating with a broader set of stakeholders, to using cash-transfer schemes, remote management, third party monitoring, and having a greater tolerance for risk, allied with risk mitigation measures.”

Read the complete analysis here.

Read Arne Strand’s recent Chatham House briefing paper on innovative aid delivery here.