Development and Peace seeks to improve aid effectiveness in Afghanistan

    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Development and Peace asks that the
Canadian government, who is currently revising its aid policy in Afghanistan,
formulate a clear and transparent plan, allocate an appropriate budget for aid
and prioritize poor and vulnerable populations throughout the country.
    In preparation for the June 12 meeting of the Afghan Government and its
international partners in Paris, Development and Peace has joined its voice to
those of the Afghanistan Reference Group and Caritas Internationalis to
release a number of recommendations to donors in Afghanistan.
    The recommendations have been addressed to the Canadian government as
well as to the international community and aim to increase aid effectiveness
in Afghanistan.
    Development and Peace has been supporting local organisations in
Afghanistan since 2001. The organisation is currently working with its
partners to strengthen civil society and empower women, particularly in the
provinces of Ghor, Kapisa and Parwan.
    Development and Peace has also engaged in policy dialogue on Afghanistan
as a member of the Afghanistan Reference Group - bringing together Canadian
civil society organisations working in Afghanistan - and Caritas
Internationalis - the Catholic Church's international aid network.

    Recommendations available upon request.

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For further information: Media contact: Eleonore Fournier-Tombs, (514)
257-8711 ext. 307,

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