United States Government Allocates $268 Million for Joint Afghan Justice and Counternarcotics Programs

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) announced this week an agreement with the Government of Afghanistan that provides approximately $268 million for joint programs promoting rule of law, corrections, counternarcotics, and law enforcement. These agreements are a concrete example of the continuing commitment by the U.S. Government to partner with the Afghan people and their elected representatives to improve people’s lives in villages, districts, and provinces across Afghanistan.

The funds will be used to advance two major strategic objectives in Afghanistan. The first objective is better governance through the improved administration of justice and enhanced rule of law. The second is increased peace and security through curtailment of the narcotics trade and the resulting revenues that fund terrorist and criminal activities. U.S. funds will complement Afghan Government funding and will be utilized to support and expand current collaborative programs.

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs continues to work with the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to reform the Afghan criminal justice system, strengthen law enforcement capabilities, achieve sustainable reductions in narcotics production and trafficking, and address the cross-cutting issues of gender affairs, drug demand reduction, and multilateral cooperation. INL supports the Government of Afghanistan’s formal justice sector in building strong, capable, and independent legal institutions, building the capacity of Afghan ministries to enforce the rule of law, and provide security, justice, and consistency of expectation to the people of Afghanistan.

PRN: 2011/1581