On June 12th, the United States renewed its support for Afghanistan,
pledging more than ten billion dollars for security and reconstruction
assistance at the international donors’ conference in Paris, France.
The United States is the leading donor to Afghanistan and has committed
increasing amounts of security, reconstruction, governance, and
humanitarian assistance since 2001.
With the support of the U.S.
and other international partners, the Afghan National Army is now
almost sixty-thousand strong. Focused district development is a
holistic approach to assess district-level police training. This
approach equips participants to meet the requirements and provide
mentoring for trained for trained police that should lead to a state of
operational independence. Focused district development for police is
currently underway in thirty districts throughout Afghanistan.
assist Afghans in bettering governance and strengthening the rule of
law, the U.S. provided voter registration, education, and logistical
assistance in support of the successful 2004 presidential and 2005
Forty courthouses and justice facilities
were built or rebuilt, and Afghanistan’s entire body of law was
compiled and published with U.S. assistance. By the end of the year,
the U.S. will have provided basic training to all fifteen-hundred
judges in Afghanistan, and virtually all members of Parliament,
legislative drafters, provincial counselors and journalists.
and development assistance provided by the United States built or
rehabilitated some two-thousand-seven-hundred kilometers of roads;
disbursed over twenty-eight thousand micro-finance loans, constructed
or refurbished more than six-hundred-eighty schools; printed and
distributed more than sixty-million textbooks nationwide; trained over
sixty-five-thousand teachers through radio broadcasts and
ten-thousand-five-hundred teachers through accelerated learning
programs; built or rehabilitated over six-hundred-seventy health
facilities and trained over eleven-thousand health workers.
achievements are remarkable for any place, but particularly for one
that was a safe haven for terrorists just a few years ago,” said U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The United States, she said, “will
be committed to Afghanistan for as long as it takes and well beyond for
the development of a prosperous, democratic and free Afghanistan.”