U.N. to Distribute $300 million a year cash handouts to families with children and aged to avert mass poverty in Afghanistan

U.N. to Distribute $300 million a year cash handouts to families with children and aged to avert mass poverty in Afghanistan



The United Nations has said it will implement a program to pay $300 million a year in cash to Afghan families with children, elderly or people with disabilities in Afghanistan, calling it the best way to target increasing poverty.



Speaking on Wednesday, December 1, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Kanni Wignaraja described an "alarming" socio-economic outlook for Afghanistan for the next 13 months, saying the agency will also push for a $100 million "cash for work" project to boost employment and $90 million in small business payments.



"This will be probably the best shot at halting this massive collapse into near universal poverty," UNDP's Kanni Wignaraja, told Reuters.






The U.N. World Food Programme has said 22.8 million people are facing acute food insecurity as Afghanistan struggles with a sharp drop in international development aid after the Taliban seized power in mid-August.


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