Voice from the Commonwealth Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts
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World donors have pledged $2 billion to Afghanistan. $820 million of that is from America.
U.S. government representative Alan Larson said Washington would contribute $820 million in new aid this year, while Japan said it would give a further $500 million over the next two and a half years.
The European Union, which hosted the donor meeting, has pledged $432 million in aid until the end of 2004.
Also, the Afghan government is now asking for this money directly instead of it coming through NGO's. This is a good development. It shows that they are redy and willing to take these issues on and get the job of rebuilding done.
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