Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Highlights 2012

  • Security transition from international forces to Afghan forces had a major impact on the humanitarian situation and development action in Afghanistan in 2012. Transition factors significantly altered the humanitarian arena politically, operationally (insecurity remains the biggest determinant of humanitarian need) and financially (with a reduction in international assistance).
     
  • OCHA adapted its approach to account for the changing context by streamlining the clusters, increasing its presence with expanded operational provincial teams, providing support through pooled funds, by re-launching an Emergency Response Fund and focussing on acute humanitarian needs and protection of civilians in the development of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Afghanistan 2013. 
     
  • Afghanistan received more than $509 million in humanitarian assistance in 2012, which is a decline compared with 2010 and 2011 when contributions averaged $786 million. Only US$ 222 million, or 49.5 per cent of the $448 million requested, was recorded though the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) making the Afghanistan CAP the third lowest in the world.

Scores of children died from hypothermia in the settlements in 2011, prompting the Government and aid agencies to increase winter aid in 2012. © OCHA/Christophe Verhellen