Aid organisations to open Afghan office

Five Dutch aid organisations are to set up a joint office in the Afghan province of Uruzgan to help international efforts to rebuild the country.

Although the organisations have been active in Afghanistan through local groups, they have considered it too dangerous to operate from the province itself until now, reports Friday’s Volkskrant.
‘If we want to do more for sustainable development in Uruzgan then we need to be present in the country,’ Marinke Ros of Save the Children tells the paper.
The organisations will provide help in the areas of micro-credit, schools and the development of agriculture, infrastructure and medical care.
A plan for the financing of these projects has been submitted to the aid ministry. Aid minister Bert Koenders will look at the plan positively reports the paper. No figures have been disclosed.
Around 1,700 Dutch troops are currently serving in Uruzgan as part of international reconstruction efforts.

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