Tokyo declaration to push donations for Afghanistan

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July 2, 2012 11:54

 
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KABUL - Donor countries will ask Afghanistan to build up safeguards against corruption even as they pledge to channel more aid money through the government's coffers, in a document that will be the centerpiece of a major aid conference next week.

The meeting in Tokyo on July 8 aims to secure aid commitments for Afghanistan in the years up to 2014, when most NATO troops will depart, and to chart a course for assistance beyond then as donors seek to prevent a country still mired in insurgent war from slipping back into greater poverty and chaos.

After over 10 years and billions of dollars in outside aid, Afghanistan remains one of the world's 10 poorest countries, while widespread corruption continues to undermine outsiders' willingness to send much-needed investment.

While major strides have been made in schooling children and improving health for mothers and children, three-quarters of Afghans are illiterate and the average person earns only about $530 a year, according to the World Bank.

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