Norway cuts Afghan aid over graft, women's rights
OSLO (AFP) - Norway will cut its aid to Afghanistan in 2014 due to a lack of progress on women's rights and efforts to combat corruption, a senior Norwegian official said on Friday.
Norway's aid will be slashed from an annual 750 million kroner (S$157 million) to 700 million kroner, a reduction of about seven percent.
"We warned Afghan authorities in July that the consequences (of the reform delays) could be a reduction (in aid), and now this is coming," Deputy Foreign Minister Torgeir Larsen told daily Aftenposten.
A member of Norway's outgoing government that lost September 9 general elections, Larsen said the exact details of the aid cut would be outlined in the 2014 budget his government is scheduled to present on October 14 - its last task before leaving office a few days later.