TOKYO — An international conference meeting here on Sunday pledged $16 billion for civilian needs in Afghanistan, but for the first time insisted that the Afghanistan government reduce corruption in order to receive all the money.
Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, appealed to the representatives of more than 70 countries at the conference not to abandon his country as the United States and NATO troops begin withdrawing next year.
The donors said Karzai must be more accountable about how the money is disbursed, and the use of the aid would be closely monitored to ensure it is not wasted through corruption or mismanagement.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that the lives of ordinary Afghans must improve.
“That must include fighting corruption, improving governance, strengthening the rule of law, increasing accessibility to economic opportunity for all Afghans, specifically for women,’’ she said in addressing the conference.
Also Sunday, a bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed six NATO service members, on a day where 29 people died from roadside bombs and insurgent attacks, the Associated Press reported.
NATO said the troop deaths were caused by an improvised explosive device but provided no further details about the attack and did not identify the dead service members.
Bombs and other attacks killed 16 Afghan civilians, five police officers, and two other members of the US-led coalition in southern Afghanistan, Afghan and NATO authorities said. Three explosions occurred in Arghistan district, along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. The police officers were killed while responding to a gun battle against insurgents early Sunday at a checkpoint in the Musa Qala district of neighboring Helmand Province.
A group of Taliban fighters attacked the police checkpoint at about 3 a.m. Afghan police called for reinforcements, but on the way, one of the police vehicles hit a roadside bomb, killing the five officers.
Clinton said the $16 billion in international aid was “more than enough’’ to meet the needs of Afghanistan over the next four years as assessed by the World Bank.
The Obama administration has asked Congress to provide $2.5 billion for Afghanistan’s civilian needs for 2013, US officials said. The United States is the largest donor of all the countries contributing to Afghanistan’s reconstruction.
In his comments, Karzai assured those attending the conference that his country would try to improve security and become more accountable.
‘‘We will fight corruption with strong resolve wherever it occurs, and ask the same of our international partners,’’ Karzai told the donors, according to media reports. ‘‘Together we must stop the practices that feed corruption or undermine the legitimacy and effectiveness of national institutions.’’
A follow-up meeting has also been scheduled in Britain in 2014 to monitor how the aid has been distributed and to make sure that it is not being mismanaged or diverted.