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August 8, 2022, 10:00 AM EDT

From Stopgap Measures to Longterm Solutions - Addressing Foreign Aid to Afghanistan

Policymakers and experts will consider how the international community can best fund, prioritize, designate, and distribute humanitarian aid across Afghanistan and collectively shift from stopgap solutions to economic stabilization initiatives — as the country continues to face economic collapse, humanitarian and refugee crises, and the effects of climate change. The panelists will look into the best practices and innovative thinking required of donors, humanitarian, and development actors to optimize foreign aid in shock-prone and conflict-affected settings like Afghanistan.


Melinda Good
Country Director for Afghanistan, The World Bank

Mary-Ellen McGroarty
Country Director for Afghanistan, World Food Programme

Tomas Niklasson
Special Envoy of the European Union for Afghanistan

Thomas West
Special Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Kanni Wignaraja
Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme

Orzala Nemat
Panel Moderator
Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Amb. Adela Raz
Panel Opening Remarks
Afghanistan’s Former Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.N.; Director, SPIA Afghanistan Policy Lab

Alyssa Sharkey
Panel Closing Remarks
Lecturer in Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University