Humanitarians outline bleak picture for Afghanistan in 2013Listen /
Reinforcing civilian protection will be the main objective of the humanitarian community in Afghanistan this year.
That assessment comes from the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA) in its 2013 Common Humanitarian Action Plan for the country.
OCHA says despite significant international development assistance over the past decade, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is worsening.
It adds that the country is consistently at the bottom of UN and European Union development and humanitarian rankings.
OCHA says insecurity in large parts of Afghanistan affects civilians both physically and psychologically, in addition to depriving them of basic services.
Afghanistan is undergoing a process of transition as foreign troops prepare to leave the country in 2014, paving the way for national forces to assume full control of security.
However, OCHA says it is unlikely that the process will result in a transition from conflict to stability.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.