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Safeguarding Humanitarian Action in Afghanistan

August 27, 2021 • 9:30 – 10:30 am EDT

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The CSIS Humanitarian Agenda invites you to a discussion on the future of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. This discussion, facilitated by Jacob Kurtzer, Director and Senior Fellow of the Humanitarian Agenda, will focus on short- and long-term humanitarian priorities to support the people of Afghanistan. The event will highlight the importance and need for a coordinated international effort to ensure humanitarian access, protection of civilians, access to healthcare, and long-term solutions.  

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan comes amidst an ongoing humanitarian crisis driven by civilian casualties, forced displacement, drought, food insecurity, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to August 15, over 18 million people in Afghanistan needed humanitarian assistance, and that number is likely to grow. The impacts of the Taliban's takeover on women and girls are of particular concern. Some humanitarian organizations have announced their intention to stay and deliver. Their mission will require immense diplomatic and financial support by the international community to safeguard humanitarian action now and in the future.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

Aurvasi Patel

Head of Protection Service, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNHCR

Kathryn Striffolino

Senior Manager of Humanitarian Practice, InterAction

Zuhra Bahman

Afghanistan Country Director, Search for Common Ground