A decade of Western support to make Central Asia’s frontiers more secure and open for trade has achieved little because of widespread corruption and a lack of political will, a new report says. Instead, the aid seems to have whet local regimes’ appetites for handouts, as they try to leverage their proximity to Afghanistan.
The aid projects are run by a variety of donors whose ability to coordinate is a success story, according to the report, titled “Central Asia’s Border Woes and the Impact of International Assistance.” It was published June 6 by the Open Society Foundations. [Editor's note: EurasiaNet.org under OSF’s auspices.]
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