While it is critical that the primary goal of meeting the $4.4bn humanitarian funding target is achieved, and funds quickly disbursed, the quantity of money pledged to the emergency response should not be the only measure of success.
We believe that the UK should set an example by allocating quality humanitarian funding that is flexible and available directly to front-line responders, including local NGOs. Local groups can shape programmes in a contextually appropriate, culturally sensitive way because they base them on a community's own understanding of its needs. They are better positioned to ensure accountability and respect long-term perspectives because they are closer to communities and have their trust.
Additional funding commitments to stabilise the broader economy is also critical, not only because of the devastating of impact of economic collapse on the Afghan population, but because the humanitarian response itself is seriously constrained by the financial crisis in the country.