Delivering humanitarian aid amidst the Taliban regime

Delivering Humanitarian Aid amidst the Taliban Regime
Under Chatham House rules - on invitation only -

About the event

Ever since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, humanitarian NGOs have had to navigate through the Taliban regime and its restrictions. For example, in December 2022, the Taliban imposed a ban on female personnel employed by NGOs in Afghanistan. In response, some NGOs temporarily stopped their work in the country, others ‘pushed back’ or tried to work around the ban of Taliban authorities. Despite barriers, humanitarian actors can still operate at scale and negotiations with the Taliban differ per situation, region and fraction.  

The country’s humanitarian crisis is extremely high: the country is ravaged by natural disasters such as devastating earthquakes and floods, poverty and food shortages. After the harsh winter of 2023-2024 where humanitarian needs have only increased, and ahead of the Dutch House of Representatives briefing on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan (29 May), KUNO and Save the Children co-organise a working session to take stock of the challenges in delivering humanitarian aid in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

Topics that will be discussed: 

  • The assistance that can still be provided and the biggest gaps
  • The extent to which the Taliban benefit from international humanitarian aid
  • Whether it it possible to provide humanitarian aid without strengthening the Taliban’s position


  • Arshad Malik, Country Director of Afghanistan Save the Children
  • Willem Reussing, Director of Operations HealthNet TPO
  • Niloufar Rahim, Chair St. Keihan 


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