• UK aid to Afghanistan - BAAG launches report

UK aid to Afghanistan - BAAG launches report

20 March 2012

BAAG’s new report “Losing The Ability To Dream: Afghan perceptions of UK aid” finds that whilst huge sums of aid money have been channelled into Afghanistan, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Some progress has been made, but Government institutions remain weak and dependent on foreign aid.

BAAG agencies commissioned a study of UK aid effectiveness in Afghanistan in advance of the 10 year anniversary of the military intervention. The study sought to better understand how UK aid is used, the nature of UK aid to Afghanistan and perceptions of its impact.

The report combines reviews of official statistics on aid flows along with Afghan perceptions. It illustrates how difficult it is to pull together a coherent picture of UK aid because of the large and complex body of data available.


Some of the emerging stories indicate that:

  • Afghans are uncertain and frightened about the 2014 deadline for withdrawal
  • Afghans perceive that UK aid is politicised and focused on Helmand 
  • Afghans do not necessarily want more aid, but better aid


Read the report

Read the transcripts: Annex 3, Annex 4, Annex 5

The report should not be treated as a comprehensive representation of the definitive Afghan voice or UK aid effectiveness.


BAAG’s report was sponsored by: Afghanaid, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Mercy Corps and Oxfam