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A year ago, in August 2021, we at Urgent Action Fund, Asia and Pacific, truly understood the reason for our existence. When the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, throwing its people and financial systems into disarray, we plunged right into the kind of crisis that we were set up for.
As international aid organisations and other non-profits with offices and staff across Afghanistan began security assessments, we were already mobilising money and moving resources needed to evacuate women and non-binary defenders facing most immediate threats. We were one of the first funds to successfully move money directly into the hands of activists and defenders in not just Kabul but other provinces of Afghanistan. And over the following months, we continued to build on our successes, with unwavering support from a trusting network of advisors, partner organisations and the advice and support of UAF A&P’s Board and the larger funding ecosystem.
And now a year into offering grants in Afghanistan, we realise it’s time to rethink our crisis response, and step back to restrategise where we can be more effective as a rapid response fund.
Read our statement and learning below.
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