Donors and Implementing Partners Cautiously Optimistic About Afghanistan
Between 9 and 11 April 2018 part of our team visited the Afghanistan Donor and Implementing Partners Coordination Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop gave the participants good insight into the state of affairs concerning mine action in Afghanistan, focusing on several key issues that were addressed, are being discussed, or still have to be tackled in Afghanistan.
Special emphasis was put both on the future aspects of funding of mine action programs in Afghanistan, future challenges including the threat of improvised explosive devices, gender and diversity initiatives, victim assistance, and the connection of mine action with sustainable development and other sectors.
Overall the participants expressed an optimistic view on Afghanistan, but remain cautious. While issues are being addressed, future funding is still required in order for Afghanistan to achieve the status of a country free of landmines in a sustainable way.
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