Amnesty criticises US aid groups as ineffectual

Amnesty International has launched another reproach on international aid organisations working in the middle eastern region.

The US aid scheme ‘Promote’ based in Afghanistan is one of the largest women’s empowerment efforts. However Amnesty watchdogs have called the programme out for its lack of transparency and failure to consult the women it serves to benefit.

Watchdog’s cited uncertainty that the 75, 000 women that expected to engage with the $416m programme will actually receive any tangible benefit. The Amnesty watchdog group claimed that funds and efforts were absorbed by extensive bureaucratic contracting and subcontracting deals. The programme also looked only to benefit literate women, a minority group within the female population.

Amnesty took the opportunity to remind international aid groups that violence against women is on the rise in Afghanistan.