April 1

World Bank Freezes $600 Million Afghan Fund Over Girls’ School Ban

The World Bank has suspended four projects in Afghanistan worth $600 million after the Taliban-led acting government’s decision to ban girls from returning to public high schools.

The projects, to be funded under the revamped Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, were being readied for implementation by United Nations agencies to support projects in agriculture, education, health and livelihoods.

But the bank’s guidance requires all ARTF-financed activities to support access to – and equity of services for – women and girls in Afghanistan, the bank said, citing its deep concerns over the Taliban’s ban on girls attending high school.

Photo courtesy of Robertino Radovix.

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