2014 Strategic Response Plan Afghanistan

Summary

Afghanistan is currently undergoing a security, political and economic transition impacting the humanitarian situation in predominantly negative ways. The armed conflict is growing in intensity and geographical scope, with a rising number of civilians being wounded and killed. The Humanitarian Country Team anticipates a steady, albeit not dramatic, deterioration in the situation in 2014. Scope for safe implementation of humanitarian programmes is likely to remain limited due to increased violence against humanitarian workers and expansion of the conflict. An increase in war injuries is the most disastrous aspect of this conflict: the number of people treated for weapon wounds rose by 60% in 2013. Deaths and injuries among women and children increased by 38%. The need for trauma care far exceeds existing capacity and there are large gaps in health care and other basic service provision. Afghanistan faces other very real challenges in 2014 including weak economic growth, reduction in external development assistance, a fragile agricultural sector providing about 25% of GDP, a widening fiscal gap between expense and revenue and a labour market that needs to accommodate an annual influx of 500,000 new entrants every year. The reduction in total funding requested represents a sharp focus on acute need, rather than a reduction in overall response.

Strategic priorities

  1. Providing emergency health care and prioritizing access to critical services

  2. Responding to conflict IDP and returning refugee needs

  3. Preventing protection infringements

  4. Responding to natural disasters

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