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A report by the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) warned donors in April of an unbalanced distribution of aid in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), by far the largest donors, allocate more than half their aid to the four restive southern provinces.

Massive development needs in comparatively stable areas in the north and west are being ignored, creating “perverse incentives for provinces to create insecurity to attract resources,” the report said.