On the 31st of March 2022 the UN, UK, Germany, and Qatar will co-host a pledging summit for Afghanistan. The member organisations of the British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) and the European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan (ENNA) in consultation with Afghan civil society, are encouraged by this commitment and hope that the co-hosts will be ambitious in both the planning and in the follow-up to the summit.

As agencies with 50 NGO members combined, and many decades of experience of humanitarian and development work in Afghanistan, we believe that support for Afghanistan has never been more urgently needed. Political instability, economic collapse, drought, climate change and COVID-19 have created unprecedented humanitarian needs for 24 million people inside Afghanistan, and 5.7 million in neighbouring countries, which need an immediate response. A record number of Afghans are experiencing the highest levels ever of acute food insecurity and the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) projects the number of food insecure people to rise to 22.8 million between November 2021 and March 2022.

Read the full statement including 6 key considerations we urge participants to bear in mind.

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