The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) reaffirmed ‘Unshaken Commitment’ to the people of Afghanistan while urging the International Community not to abandon the country.
Michael Kocher, General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation, reaffirmed AKDN’s commitment to the Afghan people, in a statement which he delivered at the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan.
The meeting was convened at the invitation of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the Aga Khan Development Network said in a statement.
“This work is ongoing,” Kocher said. “Experience teaches us that determined, transparent and inclusive engagement – led and driven by Afghans in their communities – can and does take root and succeed. And bring real and lasting change.”
Kocher further added “Let us not turn away from decades of progress. Or the two-thirds of Afghans under the age of 25, that have lived under the shadow of war – but with hopes and aspirations intact. We owe them dignity – the promise – of standing together in facing the future.”
Kocher called upon the international community not to abandon Afghanistan’s longer-term development given the profound consequences of doing so.
“Conditions are dire,” he emphasised. “Healthcare, education, food security and the economy are under profound strain – at risk of collapse,” he urged, emphasising that the following immediate and corresponding measures need to be taken quickly if Afghanistan is to avert a prolonged crisis of shocking, destabilising proportions.
The agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network have worked at the community level for more than three decades to support and help the Afghan people realise their aspirations for a better life.
With its 10,000 Afghan staff, across numerous provinces, the AKDN in partnership provides: life-saving treatment and healthcare for millions; education for hundreds of thousands of girls and boys; rural infrastructure such as energy provision, roads, bridges, and irrigation canals; economic opportunity and support for family incomes; natural disaster and climate change resilience; connectivity and communications; professional training and continuing education for women and men; and restoration of cultural heritage.