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Key Figures 2013

Total Assistance:

US$5.1 billion

Humanitarian Assistance:

US$450 million

Cost of multilateral
peacekeeping operations:

US$960 million


Key Facts

  • In 2012, Afghanistan received US$492 million in international humanitarian assistance, making it the sixth largest recipient. Initial estimates for 2013 total US$505 million.
  • Afghanistan has been in the top 10 recipients of humanitarian assistance in each of the last 10 years. Humanitarian assistance peaked at US$930 million in 2008, when it was the third largest recipient.
  • The United States (US$142 million) was the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in 2012, followed by Japan (US$85 million) and Germany (US$59 million). The US provided 21% (US$1.1 billion) of all humanitarian assistance to the country between 2003 and 2012.
  • Between 2003 and 2012 Afghanistan received US$46 billion in official development assistance (ODA), making it the largest recipient. In the same 10-year period the proportion of ODA given as humanitarian assistance averaged 13%, ranging from 8% in 2012 to 25% in 2003. Afghanistan received the equivalent of 32% of its gross national income (GNI) as aid (ODA) in 2012.
  • As reported by EM-DAT CRED (data downloaded May 2014), an average of 471,539 people a year have been affected by natural disasters in Afghanistan over the last 10 years. Drought has had the largest impact, affecting close to 4 million people between 2004 and 2013.
  • Humanitarian assistance and ODA can be viewed in the wider context of resource flows that can be mobilised in Development Initiatives’ Investments to End Poverty (ITEP) report – Afghanistan country profile.













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Briefings and Reports

From here you can access all our briefings, reports and humanitarian analysis on Afghanistan.

Conflict in Myanmar, floods in Afghanistan – under-reported and under-funded? – While the situations in Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Philippines rightly continue to command significant humanitarian attention, elsewhere other crises are emerging or escalating. The recent flash floods in Afghanistan and the conflict in Kachin, Myanmar may be affecting fewer people, but for those caught up in them the impact is devastating and the needs great.

UN appeal for Afghanistan, needs revised upwards in Q4 – The UN revised their humanitarian financing needs for Afghanistan upwards by US$129 million this week to meet increased humanitarian needs associated with slow onset drought.

Afghanistan, Iraq and the Aid Legacy of Osama Bin Laden – Aid to Afghanistan appears likely to stay at these remarkably high levels whilst with the international community having realised that turning the country into a stable state is going to need continual and substantial support for a number of years.

Afghanistan: Tracking major resource flows, 2002-2010 – This report sheds light on Afghanistan’s rapid transformation the world’s leading recipient of aid.

Aid to Afghanistan grew by US$1.3 billion in 2009, while humanitarian aid fell – The recent release of 2009’s aid figures reported to the OECD DAC confirms that Afghanistan remained the leading global recipient of aid in 2009 with an increase of US$1.3 billion on 2008 (based on 2008 constant prices).