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U.S. efforts are flailing on girls' equality in Afghanistan

Afghan schoolgirls attend a class at a local school in Herat province in 2017.
A school in Herat province, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Rahmine via Getty Images

Despite the U.S. spending nearly a billion dollars to better education in Afghanistan, girls are still falling behind.

The big picture: The newly released quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reports that the USAID had "disbursed approximately $979 million for education programs in Afghanistan" as of April 18. But per SIGAR, the World Bank said "progress towards increasing equitable access to education, particularly for girls, was only 'moderately satisfactory.'"