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Taliban Are Collecting Revenue — But How Are They Spending It?

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USIP, 2 February 2022

Although economic and humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan continue to deteriorate, the Taliban have taken some positive steps toward financial stability by publishing a fiscally responsible three-month budget and raising considerable amounts of domestic revenue — especially through customs duties, which have risen with a crackdown on corruption. 

However, this budget raises several questions: Is the Taliban administration actually spending this revenue on their declared budget priorities? And should aid pay for costs — most notably salaries for teachers and other civil servants — that the Taliban regime now has the resources to cover and are included in the new budget?