One June 18, 2017, APPRO presented findings of its research on administrative corruption to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff (DEPCS) of the Administrative Office of the President, in Kabul.
The presentation highlighted the highly systemic and institutionalized nature of corruption in tax assessment, payment, and collection processes and the impact on the interactions between service users and providers.
One of the key conclusions from this presentation was the government needed to go beyond periodic consultations with civil society and initiate an inclusive, ongoing dialogue between state and non-state actors to collaborate and explore possibilities fighting corruption as a shared, systemic problem.
On April 24, 2017, the Secretariat of the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) presented findings of research conducted by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) as part of the Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) project at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior (MoI). The presentation was based on findings from a baseline assessment in 2015 and the first three monitoring cycles of ARM in 2016. Read more
As part of its efforts to combat corruption and increase the accountability of service providers in Afghanistan, APPRO has launched an interactive online platform to collect and share Afghan citizens’ experiences on multiple forms of corruption among service providers.
This initiative allows citizens to:
– Report bribes they were forced to pay;
– Report honest practices and innovative initiatives successful in resisting corruption; and
– Rate government departments.
Citizens’ involvement is crucial to curb corruption. By reporting your experience of corruption and bringing to attention effective techniques to combat corruptive practices, you can contribute to hold service providers accountable and develop new ways of resisting corrupt demands.
All submissions are anonymous and the details of those who use the website to report cases of corruption will not be shared with any person or organization.
You can share your experiences in Dari here
, and in English here
. A Pashto version will soon be available.
On April 12, 2017, a Civil Society Consultation Workshop on Open Government Partnership was organized for the first time in Afghanistan. Facilitated by Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) in close coordination with APPRO, EPD, ACBAR and AWN, the workshop sought to 1) to raise the awareness of civil society actors about the OGP initiative and process; and 2) to facilitate discussion and proactive participation of civil society in the development of commitments as part of OGP. The ultimate objective is to ensure the OGP initiative and process are inclusive of, and owned by, both Government and Civil Society. Read more
By all accounts, corruption has become part of the daily life in Afghanistan, with administrative corruption in taxation and business licensing becoming a major concern for the government and its international donors in Afghanistan. There is broad consensus that administrative corruption undermines development and government legitimacy and effectiveness. Read more
On July 27, 2016, NAC-PP members and representatives from the provincial advocacy committees for public policy (PAC-PP) from Herat, Nangarhar and Takhar provinces attended a meeting with held an advocacy meeting with the General Director of Budget at the Ministry of Finance.
The meeting was called to follow up on budgetary challenges met by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the Ministry of Education (MoEd) to respond to citizens’ needs in the three target provinces.
The following points were addressed and agreed on during the meeting:
- Ministry of Finance will share approved provincial budgets of MoEd and MAIL for 1395, and to the extent possible, 1396 for the three provinces of Herat, Nangarhar and Takhar;
- In their quality of civil society representatives, members of NAC-PP and PAC-PP expressed their willingness to sign an MoU with the Ministry of Finance to assist in the drafting of provincial budgets;
- NAC-PP and PAC-PP member are ready to assist in coordination between the Ministry of Finance and civil society at the national and provincial levels.
NAC and PAC-PP had held meetings with MAIL and MoED in April and June 2016, respectively, to bring to their attention fundamental concerns of provincial residents and authorities concerning food security and access to education. The aim of these meetings was to attempt to align citizens’ priorities with strategic priorities of the Ministries, assess the extent to which those could be addressed in the existing policy and financial framework of both Ministries, and assist in supporting concrete follow-up on strategic priorities in the provinces.
- It was confirmed action points outlined by Provincial Advocacy Committees of Herat, Nangarhar and Takhar are part of strategic priorities of MAIL and MoEd at the national and provincial levels;
- Both Ministries face fundamental challenges in translating these priorities in practice due to the non-alignment of the budget allocated by the Ministry of Finance with these priorities;
NAC-PP will hold a follow-up meeting with the General Directorate of Budget of the Ministry of Finance to:
- Ensure approved budgets are in line with strategic priorities of the concerned Ministries.
- That the Ministry of Finance takes action on commitments expressed to coordinate with civil society.
- If needs can not be addressed in the current budget, that the ministry takes account demands raised by respective ministries and confirmed by CSOs in the budget for the following year.
NAC-PP will monitor progress and report to Parliament for further actions.
This paper presents contemporary South Africa as a case study of the ways in which state and civil society actors engage with each other toward the protection and advancement of fundamental rights. The paper was commissioned by APPRO to draw potential comparative lessons for the context of Afghanistan, and for other emerging democracies. The report is available at: http://www.nac-pp.net/2016/07/01/state-civil-society-relation-fundamental-rights-in-south-africa/
Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) was designed to conduct regular monitoring of the conditions of fundamental rights in ten provinces of Afghanistan (29 districts) from 2015 to 2018 using a set of indicators based on internationally recognized monitoring standards. Read more
On Monday, June 13, four NAC-PP members and six representatives from the provincial advocacy committees for public policy (PAC-PP) from Herat, Nangarhar and Takhar provinces attended an advocacy meeting with the Administrative and Finance Deputy Minister of Education. Read more
Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) launched Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) on Sunday June 5, 2016 at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kabul. Key findings of a baseline assessment across 10 provinces of Afghanistan were presented to members of Afghan civil society, government institutions and international agencies. Read more