Operation Enduring Sentinel Lead Inspector General Quarterly Report to Congress April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

Overseas Contingency Operations

Under the Lead Inspector General framework, the Inspectors General for the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development conduct oversight of and report on the overseas contingency operation "Operation Enduring Sentinel."  This report also discusses the planned, ongoing, and completed oversight work conducted by the Lead IG agencies and our partner oversight agencies during the quarter. 

Approximately 28.8 million Afghans will need humanitarian assistance in 2023, more than four times the 6.3 million requiring aid in 2019.  More than 15 million Afghans are acutely food insecure, with 2.8 million people experiencing emergency levels of hunger. USAID provided more than $422 million to the World Food Programme for food assistance in Afghanistan in FY2023, including $78.5 million this quarter.

On April 4, the Taliban extended its ban on women working with nongovernmental organizations (NGO) to include a prohibition on women working with UN programs.This will negatively impact aid operations throughout Afghanistan.  The Taliban’s decrees
undermine the ability of humanitarian organizations to reach the estimated 11.6 million women and girls who need humanitarian assistance, as restrictions on female staff caused several USAID implementers to suspend operations in Afghanistan.

Operation Enduring Sentinel Lead Inspector General Report In Brief, April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023