On November 02, 2017, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held its first Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee meeting to discuss objectives and strategy for this specific sub-committee, and identify possible collaboration and coordination between different civil society organizations which work in anti-corruption area in Afghanistan. The event was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), the Secretariat of NAC-PP, following the NAC-PP Stakeholders Conference on October 12, 2017 in Continental Hotel.
14 participants attended this roundtable discussion, including representatives from Afghan civil society organizations (CSOs), Private Sector, International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and chair and deputy of NAC-PP.
The participant organizations include: Quest Financial Services, Rebuild Consultant, Shuhada Organization (SO), Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO), Afghans Coordination against Corruption (AFCAC), Afghan Youth New Era Organization (AYNEO), Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Cordaid, Flow, Afghan Cultural Community (ACC), Afghanistan Youth Social and Educational Organization (AYSEO).
Introduction and Presentation of Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee (APPRO)
APPRO’s Research Director, Mr. Saeed Parto, opened the meeting with a presentation which included a brief introduction to NAC-PP, its background, structure, objectives and scope of work. Following explaining the advantage of NAC-PP members. Those advantages include:
- Critical Mass and collective voice
- Effective advocacy based on evidence
- Protection due to critical mass
- Shared platform or better outreach
- Collective learning or professionalization
- More equal state-civil society relations and dialogue
- More access to state authorities
- More likely to influence policy process
The presentation continued with an introduction to Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee mandate which is to facilitate evidence-based constructive advocacy by civil society organizations to initiative an inclusive, ongoing dialogue between state and non-state actors to collaborate and explore possibilities for fighting corruption as shared, systematic problem.
The next part of the meeting was a discussion on what the next steps for this sub-committee should be based on the mandates and activities of the participating organizations. It was acknowledged by participants that sharing knowledge, experience and information among civil society organizations which work in anti-corruption would help to have a better coordination mechanism and help in prioritization of advocacy programs. In addition, different expertise of civil society organizations can be used as a capacity building and awareness source on anti-corruption activities.
At the end of the meeting all participant agreed on the following action points in order to develop a strategy for anti-corruption sub-committee:
Action 1: NAC-PP secretariat to compile a draft strategy for the Anti-corruption Sub-committee based on answers of the member organizations to the following questions and share with members before the next meeting:
- Why are you interested in anti-corruption? Explain.
- Are you currently working on anti-corruption? Describe.
- Who are the main actors that sustain corruption? List.
- What factors allow corruption to thrive? List.
- What mechanisms are there for fighting corruption at the moment? List.
- What is not being done to fight corruption in Afghanistan?
- All things being equal, what can be done by civil society, through NAC-PP’s Anti-corruption Sub-committee, to fight corruption? List and Describe
Action 2: Identify collaboration opportunities among sub-committee members to start joint activities immediately.
Some members of the sub-committee already have projects on anti-corruption. For example, APPRO, IWA, AFCAC and AJO have anti-corruption projects. Other member organizations may also have anti-corruption projects. It is needed to compile a full list of the anti-corruption projects of member organizations. The secretariat needs all members to do two things:
- List all the anti-corruption projects and initiatives of your organization.
- Suggest ways in which other members could assist them in advocacy.
Action 3: Training on shared anti-corruption vocabulary to be used by sub-committee member organizations in their own work and in joint activities with other members.
The secretariat will provide this training at the next meeting of the Anti-corruption Sub-committee, to be held on Thursday November 16, 2017 from 10:00 to 12:00.