UK to create over 50,000 jobs for Afghans
The fresh commitment to creating jobs built on the 20,000 employment opportunities created since 2011, the Department for International Development (DFID) said in its annual operational plan for Afghanistan.
Identifying elimination of violence against women and girls a new strategic priorit, DFID said it would look at incorporating anti-violence initiatives into existing and future programmes.
The department would also look at how it could work better with civil society organisations and the international community to make a lasting difference to the lives of those experiencing violence.
“UK support in Afghanistan has already brought major improvements over the last 10 years. We have been clear that we will continue to stand alongside Afghans as they shape their country beyond military drawdown, with development funding already committed to 2017,” said International Development Secretary Justine Greening.
The secretary added: “Along with work to help create jobs and drive economic growth, I am determined we will do more to help eliminate violence against girls and women. Girls and women have a vital role to play in shaping the future of their country...”
Greening went on to ask the government of Afghanistan to maintain momentum on vital reforms, including credible elections, tackling corruption and protecting and upholding women’s rights.
In the past decade, the UK has provided more than £1bn in development assistance in Afghanistan. With support from the international community, the country has made significant progress.
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