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$104.1 Billion Marked So Far for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Watchdog Says
Posted at 9:55 a.m. on July 30, 2014
Appropriations on the U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan have totaled $104.1 billion, not including the $5.8 billion requested for fiscal 2015 by the White House, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The latest quarterly report from SIGAR not only totals up the dollars allocated and spent, but examines a wide range of issues for the war-torn country.
Stars and Stripes notes the report’s assessment that the Afghanistan reconstruction effort will end up costing more than the Marshall Plan in current dollars. The report offers this caveat, though:
One critical difference should be noted: unlike Afghan-reconstruction funding, the Marshall Plan was not concerned with building and sustaining host-country armies and national police. But comparing the real purchasing-power funding of the two assistance programs does illustrate the scale of the U.S. aid effort in Afghanistan.
The bulk of the $104 billion in appropriations — nearly $62 billion — has gone to the Afghan National Security Forces, SIGAR says. Another $7.6 billion has been allocated to counternarcotics, an effort that SIGAR is seriously questioning:
The narcotics trade is poisoning the Afghan financial sector and undermining the Afghan state’s legitimacy by stoking corruption. SIGAR continues to express concerns that U.S. programs crucial to the counternarcotics efforts have made limited progress and may not be sustainable.
Other items reported:
- Afghanistan’s GDP growth has slowed significantly over the last year.
SIGAR is concerned about the accuracy of the data provided on Afghanistan’s educational system.
Life expectancy in Afghanistan might not be increasing as much as reports have indicated.
A section-by-section breakdown of the report is also available.