Open Forum: Multi-stakeholder Approach to Combating Corruption in Afghanistan

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On October 9, 2019, National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held an Open Forum in Mazar-e Sharif to discuss the findings from three studies by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) on corruption in Afghanistan. The event was attended by 110 individuals and representatives from civil society organizations, private sector, academia, and local state authorities. Reporters from the local radio and TV stations were also present.

The first presentation examined the potential for the private sector to play a leading role in fighting corruption through adopting Corporate Social Responsibility principles. The second presentation was based on a critical analysis of Afghanistan’s National Strategy for Combatting Corruption. The third presentation explored the relationship between conflict trauma and endemic petty corruption. All three studies were carried out for the Citizens’ Forum Against Corruption (CFAC) project, with funding support from the European Union Delegation – Afghanistan and UNDP – Afghanistan.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion consisting of the Director of Industry and Commerce from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Director of the provincial chapter of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and the Head and Deputy Head of the Civil Society Network of Balkh province. The Director and Deputy Director of the provincial Directorate of Finance had been invited as a panel member but could not attend due to other obligations.

The summary of the highlights of the event and its proceedings are available here

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