Appointment of U.N. special representative to Afghanistan brings opportunity for better relief coordination
With a rebuilding effort that involves, among other entities, 30 national embassies, four development banks, several U.N. agencies, and around 2,000 nongovernmental organizations, there is no shortage of international support. However the lack of communication between these separate groups is a real problem, severely limiting their effectiveness on the ground. That is why the appointment of Eide is so important, Khalilzad says, explaining that Eide’s position empowers him to coordinate civilian assistance with military efforts, while also bridging the gap between international organizations and the Afghan government. If these varied efforts are fully organized, Khalilzad believes Afghans will finally be able to take full advantage of the assistance that they have been provided.
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