Norwegian institute reports on climate change in Afghanistan

KABUL (ToloNews): The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) released a report in which it highlighted the climate change effects coupled with the legacy of four decades of war, a complex humanitarian emergency and an economic crisis since the “Taliban’s takeover of the government in August 2021.”
The report also said that the poverty was estimated to have impacted up to 97 per cent of the population in mid-2022.
“Climate-related extreme weather events and natural hazards threaten Afghan livelihoods, increase poverty and food insecurity, and erode the resilience of communities, households and individuals,” the report cited.
This comes as the Ministry of Economy (MoE) said that there is a need for investment in infrastructural projects to improve the economic situation in the country.
“The path to overcome the economic challenges is to bring the economic and development aid in focus, so that we will be able to build the infrastructure and access underground resources of Afghanistan,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy. This comes as Kabul residents called the lack of job opportunities the main reason for the rise in poverty in the country.
“We used to earn between 200 to 300 (Afs) but now there is no work,” said Ahmad, a resident of Kabul. The economists believe that the development aid needs to be increased in a bid to provide job opportunities for citizens. “To reduce poverty in Afghanistan, there should be investment on agriculture and human resources and also there should be good management to reduce the dangerous issues that affects the people and causes a rise in poverty,” said Seyar Qureshi, an economist.
Meanwhile, some residents of Kabul called on the organization to increase their aid to Afghanistan.
“Around us, there has been no aid. There are many poor people and widows who have nothing,” said Nahida, a resident of Kabul. After the Islamic Emirate ordered a ban on work of female employees at NGOs, many humanitarian organizations have either halted or reduced their activities, saying that women contribute 30 percent of their workforce—and their role is important in providing aid to vulnerable people.