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  1. Rod Reeve
    Rod Reeve October 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for elaborating Nematullah, and good to hear that Australian aid was relatively efficient in its scope and alignment.

  2. Rod Reeve
    Rod Reeve September 26, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for an interesting article Nematullah Bizhan. I’d be interested to know if the Deputy Minister expressed any views on how experiences from Australia’s assistance can help to inform the Brussel’s conference, especially for regional areas like Uruzgan.

    1. Nematullah Bizhan
      Nematullah Bizhan October 4, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you, Rod. It is an excellent question. Our discussion focused on aid in general. From my experience, Australian aid can inform the Brussels conference in two areas: type of aid being provided and alignment with Afghanistan priorities. In these areas, the Australian aid was relatively more efficient. Re Uruzgan the prospects are not very encouraging. A sharp decline in assistance in part undermined the transition in that province. If interested, here is the link for the Senate inquiry on Australian overseas development program for Afghanistan. Some of the issues discussed are still relevant.

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