The Afghanistan HCT—comprising UN, international organization, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) representatives—releases Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for 2015
USAID supports winter preparedness and response activities
USAID/FFP provides 26,100 metric tons (MT) of emergency food assistance
Afghanistan’s 2015 HNO—released in November—reports 7.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance throughout the country, including 225,000 Pakistani refugees and nearly 245,000 Afghan refugee returnees. Afghanistan’s 2015 SRP—also released in November—requests $405 million to assist 3.8 million people identified as the most vulnerable, including refugees and returnees, conflict- and natural disaster-affected populations, malnourished children, and nearly 1.8 million of the 2.2 million people classified by the UN as severely food insecure.
In September, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah—the 2014 presidential candidates locked in a months-long electoral stalemate—signed an agreement to form a national unity government led by Ghani as President and Abdullah as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In January, President Ghani and CEO Abdullah submitted the names of the ministers selected for the unity government cabinet to the Afghan National Assembly for approval, a significant step toward establishing a government the international community hopes will help bring stability to the country.
To date in FY 2015, USAID/FFP has provided 26,100 MT of in-kind food assistance— valued at nearly $35 million—to support UN World Food Program (WFP) operations in Afghanistan. Additionally, USAID/OFDA continues to support vulnerable Afghans with more than $25 million of ongoing FY 2014 funding.