Afghanistan is on the verge of sinking into universal poverty, according to the United Nations.

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According to the UNDP, Afghanistan’s poverty rate could reach 97 percent by mid-2022 as a result of protracted drought, the COVID-19 pandemic, and political unrest.
The United Nations has warned that unless the country’s political and economic challenges are handled, nearly 97 percent of Afghanistan’s population will fall into poverty.
According to a report released on Thursday by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the poverty rate in Afghanistan might rise by up to 25% as a result of the country’s actual gross domestic product contracting (GDP). Half of the country is already in desperate need of assistance.
Normally, in a country in this condition, international financial institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, and all bilateral and multilateral financial institutions would meet with the UN and offer an economic reform package
Even before the Taliban’s quick takeover last month, Afghanistan was heavily reliant on foreign aid, with foreign aid accounting for more than a third of the country’s GDP.
The United Nations is pressing the Taliban to enable aid workers to carry out their duties.
“Let civil society, local community organisations, oversee the [ongoing] projects,” says the author. Allow them to put it into practice. We are not requesting anything. Just don’t get in the way,” Al Dardari said.
International aid agencies earlier this week warned of an “impending humanitarian disaster” in Afghanistan, with medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) claiming the country’s fragile healthcare system was on the verge of collapse.
The United Nations has warned that 18 million Afghans are facing a humanitarian crisis and that the crises will be numerous and multifaceted.
According to the analysis, a number of variables could cause Afghanistan’s poverty rate, which is currently at 72 percent, to skyrocket.
A lengthy drought, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the turbulence created by the present governmental transition are among the culprits.
As a result, the UNDP suggested a package of measures, including vital services and basic income, targeted at assisting nearly nine million disadvantaged people, particularly women and girls.

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