Banerjee: Canada’s Afghanistan aid urgently needs review – but that doesn’t mean we should go it alone

Banerjee: Canada's Afghanistan aid urgently needs review – but that doesn't mean we should go it alone

The recent interaction of John Sopko – the American Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction – with the Canadian media on billions of wasted aid dollars in Afghanistan, has stirred Canadian public interest on the forgotten subject of Canada’s Afghanistan mission; so much so that the Canadian government, which normally ignores Canadian critics’ warnings on Canada’s questionable performance in Afghanistan, considers a review of Canadian aid to Afghanistan necessary.

Concerned by Canadian newspaper reporting on American auditor Sopko’s findings of wasted foreign aid in Afghanistan due to lack of oversight and endemic corruption, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has ordered an internal review of Canadian aid to Afghanistan. A review – not an internal but preferably an independent external review – of Canada’s aid to Afghanistan is certainly needed.

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