Monday, January 20, 2014

ANDMA Fails at Disaster Relief in Afghanistan

According to a recent news report the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) - an Afghan government task force - is failing in distributing (and accounting for) billions of dollars in foreign aid. It would appear to be a combination of the "government's inability to help - through mismanagement, corruption, or factors beyond its control". Money for the program has gone missing and the warehouses storing the emergency supplies are empty; at the same time that officials have had difficulty explaining where the money and aid could have gone! The head of the U.N. refugee agency in Afghanistan - Bo Schack - says that he has no clear answer on why the Afghans can't account for the money and supplies and why the aid has not been distributed. Read more in "Thousands of Afghans face cold, hungry winter as aid goes missing", Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2014.

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