Security is tight in Afghanistan, ahead of the biggest international aid conference in decades.
Dozens of delegates are expected in Kabul, including US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. They will thrash out plans for handing more responsibility to the Afghan government.
“There has been a lot of pressure from us – from the international community – on them to say. “now it’s time for you to take more responsibility and accountability that comes with it – which means corruption needs to be very well controlled otherwise money will not move in that direction.” said UN Envoy to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura.
But Afghanistan’s economic growth has been stunted by rampant levels of corruption, which prevents aid from reaching ordinary Afghans.
“The donor countries should ask for accountability for the donations they are giving to the Afghan government. So far, aid to Afghans is wasted, the money goes to banks in foreign countries like Dubai. I think the donors should keep asking for clarification and accountability.” said one market trader in Kabul.
Devastated by 30 years of conflict, Afghanistan’s economy is dependant on foreign aid.
70 percent of the government’s budget comes from foreign donors who have also directly spent billions in aid.
Afghanistan gears up for massive aid conference