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13 years in Afghanistan – so what?
When: Thursday 11 June
Time: 09.00-11.00 (registration and coffee from 08.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Oasen)
Afghanistan is one of Sweden’s biggest recipient countries for aid. But despite many years of development assistance – now constituting 70 per cent of the country’s national budget – evaluations state that poverty has not decreased and the gap between rich and poor has grown.
Today, Afghanistan is at crossroads in its modern history when it comes to peace, democracy and political leadership. The international troops have left and many of the donor countries intend to reduce their aid programmes, in a country considered one of the most dangerous in the world. This could also be seen as an opportunity for change and a chance to deeply review the donor cooperation.
Why has development in Afghanistan not progressed more? Has development assistance failed or what has been achieved? Why does Sweden remain committed to continue its cooperation for the next ten years and what can Sida do differently?
Welcome to a critical and most relevant Development Talks about Afghanistan, lessons learnt from eight evaluations and different opinions on how to best support the country’s way forward.
The event will be held in English and is free of charge. Register here by Monday 8 June.
Moderator: Susanna Wasielewski Ahlfors, Sida
08.30-09.00 Registration, coffee and sandwich
Ms Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida
09:10 13 years in Afghanistan – what has been achieved?
Review of Sida’s Support to Afghanistan – Lessons and Conclusions from eight evaluations. Mr Adam Pain, PhD, Indevelop
09:30 ”Why don't you let us Afghans do this”
Two Afghan reflections about the situation in Afghanistan today, major impediments for development and expectations of future partnerships.
Ms Sima Samar, Chairperson of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Mr Saad Mohseni, Media Entrepreneur, Founder of Moby Group and Tolo TV in Afghanistan
09:45 Panel discussion
What are the results from 13 years of development cooperation in Afghanistan? Should donors act differently and what is the best way forward?
Anna-Karin Johansson, Secretary General, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
Peter Semneby, Ambassador, Swedish Embassy, Kabul
Ewa Werner Dahlin, Head of Department for Asia, North Africa and Humanitarian Assistance, Sida
Sima Samar, Chairperson of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Saad Mohseni, Media Entrepreneur, Founder of Moby Group and Tolo TV