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

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On November 7, 2019, National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held an Open Forum in Kabul to discuss the findings from two studies conducted by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) on corruption in Afghanistan. 150 individuals representing civil society, private sector, academia, and state authorities attended the event. The event also was recorded for reporting by Tolo News, Khurshid TV, 1TV News, Voice of America (VOA), Arezu TV, Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), Radio Nawa, Pahjwok News Agency and Radio Killid.

 

Ali Farhang, NAC-PP’s Chair, gave an overview of NAC-PP’s recent activities including the holding of an Open Forum on anticorruption in Mazar-e Sharif a month earlier, on October 9. He also underlined the importance of the two studies for understanding corruption as a complex, multi-faceted phenomenon, needing close collaboration among multiple stakeholders.

 

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 two 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. The panel consisted of representative from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Deputy Director of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Research Director of APPRO, and Head of Advocacy and Communication of Integrity Watch Afghanistan. The Director General of Afghanistan Revenue Department (ARD) and Medium Taxpayers Office (MTO) from the Ministry 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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