On Monday, international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, revealed the coalition government's plan to increase the amount of ring-fenced money Britain spends on aid in Afghanistan by 40%. The government has already committed £500m on projects in Afghanistan over the next five years.
Britain currently gives aid to about 90 countries, but Mr Mitchell has already said that after an ongoing review some countries, such as China and Russia, will no longer receive it. He told the Politics Show on Sunday that India was "roaring out of poverty" and would be looked at very closely.
It is believed the money for Afghanistan would be used to stabilise the most insecure areas, with more policing, emergency food and medicine and thousands of job and training opportunities. The last government ensured that the UK was already the second-largest donor to Afghanistan and Helmand is already amongst the most heavily aided regions on earth.
Corruption is a way of life in Afghanistan and there is little supervision of how much of our mass of aid reaches those in need.
This tweet from veterans_uk mirrors my opinion of what could be interpreted as a form of blackmail in order to gain short-term co-operation from the corrupt Afghan government.
veterans_uk If we are keeping the peace then those with dead & wounded should be withholding aid from Afghanistan not rewarding them with more.
I couldn't agree more.