National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy
Ensuring Citizens' Voice in Governance
National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy
Ensuring Citizens' Voice in Governance
National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy
Ensuring Citizens' Voice in Governance

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Education Sub-Committee: Round-Table Discussion

On November 13, 2017, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held its first Education Sub-Committee round table to discuss objectives and strategy for this specific sub-committee, and identify possible collaboration and coordination between different civil society organizations which work on education 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.

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November 9, 2017 : NAP 1325 Sub-Committee – Round-Table Discussion

On November 09, 2017, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held its first NAP 1325 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 on women, peace and security 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.

Nine civil society organizations attended this roundtable discussion: New Message for Afghan Women Organization (NMAWO), Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD), Afghan Youth New Era Organization (AYNEO), Equality Social and Cultural Organization (ESCO), Afghan Women Training and Problems Evaluation Organization (AWTPEO), and Development and Support of Afghan Women and Children Organization (DSAWCO). The chair and deputy of NAC-PP were also present.

Introduction and Presentation of NAP 1325 Sub-Committee

APPRO’s Research Manager, Hasan Raha, opened the meeting with a presentation which included a brief introduction to NAC-PP, its background, structure, objectives and scope of work, followed by explaining the advantages of NAC-PP, specifically the NAP 1325 Sub-committee. 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 NAP 1325 Sub-Committee mandate which is to facilitate evidence-based constructive advocacy by civil society organizations to initiate an inclusive, ongoing dialogue between state and non-state actors to collaborate and explore possibilities for gender equality using the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s NAP 1325.

The presentation was concluded with an introduction to the Afghanistan’s NAP 1325 and the four main Pillars of the action plan were described to the attendants. Then the participants discussed the most urgent issues regarding women, peace and security in Afghanistan and possible advocacy strategies to address them. The participants acknowledged that there is a need civil society organizations to share their existing capacity and resources and collaborate, through the NAC-PP platform, for the better implementation of NAP 1325. It was recognized that the sub-committee needed a clear strategy and action plan to prioritize and commence its advocacy activities.

At the end of the meeting, the participants shared their organizations’ experiences and ongoing activities in line with NAP 1325, and recommendation for advocacy programs to be used for developing a strategy and action plan for the sub-committee. Further it was agreed that the secretariat of NAC-PP (APPRO) will draft a strategy and action plan for the committee, based on inputs from the members who attended the roundtable dicussion, and send it to member organizations for further recommendations before the next sub-committee next meeting planned for December 2017.

 

 

November 2, 2017 : Anti-Corruption Sub-Committee – Round-Table Discussion

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:

  1. Why are you interested in anti-corruption? Explain.
  2. Are you currently working on anti-corruption? Describe.
  3. Who are the main actors that sustain corruption? List.
  4. What factors allow corruption to thrive? List.
  5. What mechanisms are there for fighting corruption at the moment? List.
  6. What is not being done to fight corruption in Afghanistan?
  7. 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:

  1. List all the anti-corruption projects and initiatives of your organization.
  2. 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.

October 12, 2017 : NAC-PP Stakeholders’ Conference in Kabul

On October 12, 2017, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held a conference to introduce NAC-PP’s objectives and strategy, and discuss ways forward with stakeholders from civil society, and the international community. The event was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), the Secretariat of NAC-PP, following expressions of interest by Afghan civil society in the initiative.

60 participants attended the event, including representatives from Afghan civil society organizations (CSOs), academia, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), International Non- Governmental Organizations (INGOs), international donors, and current members of NAC-PP and its provincial branches in Daikundi and Balkh.

The event was sequenced as follows:

  • Introduction and presentation of NAC-PP (APPRO)
  • Discussion and Recommendations
  • Presentation on achievements to date and ways forward (APPRO; Oxfam)
  • Review of Sub-committees’ mandates and action plans (Group Work)
  • Election of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

The event also offered the opportunity for CSOs members to apply for membership of NAC-PP and its sub-committees.

The full report of proceedings is available on NAC-PP’s Reports page here.

Presentation on Administrative Corruption – Administrative Office of the President

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 drew on findings from a baseline assessment conducted as part of the Citizens’ Forum Against Corruption (CFAC) project.
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.

Presentation of ARM Findings at the Ministry of Interior

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

Report Corruption Now! An Online Initiative Towards Better Governance in Afghanistan

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.

1st Civil Society Consultation Workshop on Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Afghanistan

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 APPROEPDACBAR 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

Policy Brief: Administrative Corruption in Tax Collection

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

NAC-PP Advocacy Meeting with the General Directorate of Budget, Ministry of Finance

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.

Considering:

  • 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.