Germany will resume its Afghan projects for sake of women: German media

KABUL (TOLOnews): According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing German authorities, Germany will fund its projects in Afghanistan as Afghan women will benefit from them.

This media outlet said that Germany stopped almost all its projects due to recent restrictions on women in Afghanistan last December.

“Because the Taliban are increasingly restricting women’s rights, the German government stopped almost all projects in Afghanistan in December. Now it wants to send money again so that women and girls are not punished twice,” Süddeutsche Zeitung report reads.

The Ministry of Finance said that after August 2021, not only German projects, but more than one hundred development projects from various countries have stopped in Afghanistan.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance, Ahmad Wali Haqmal, urged countries to fund development projects in Afghanistan rather than provide humanitarian help.
“The Ministry of Finance is asking all donors and international organizations to switch from humanitarian help to development aid if they truly want to change the economic status of the Afghan people. Development aid may enhance the financial status of a family for a long time,” Haqmal noted.

Economists said that funding for development projects by foreign countries is beneficial for Afghanistan’s self-sufficiency. “Investment in domestic production saves the country from dependence on foreign production and leads the country to self-sufficiency,” said Shakir Yaqoobi, an economist. “Development projects might be reconstruction projects or infrastructure that helps in the long run,” said Asif Nang, another economist.

Previously, the World Bank said in a report that in the last one and a half years, the work of twenty-nine projects of this bank, worth more than $4.5 billion, was stopped in Afghanistan.