UK humanitarian aid to Afghanistan 2021-23

This note provides a factual account of the UK’s aid response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan since August 2021.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 18 May 2023
  3. Type: Information note
  4. Subject: Country focus, Fragile states, Humanitarian assistance, Women and girls
  5. Assessment: Unrated
  6. Location: Afghanistan
  7. Lead commissioner: Sir Hugh Bayley

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We have published an information note providing an account of the UK’s humanitarian response to the Afghanistan crisis since August 2021.


In 2022, ICAI published a country portfolio review assessing all UK aid to Afghanistan from 2014-2021. In light of the fast-changing and deteriorating situation in the country at the time, the report also provided a brief, non-evaluative account of UK humanitarian aid following the Taliban takeover in August 2021. This information note provides an update on how the situation has evolved throughout 2021-23, both in terms of humanitarian needs and the UK’s response.