The second meeting of the Anti-Corruption Subcommittee of the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) was held on Nov 23, 2017 at APPRO’s Head Office in Kabul.
A presentation was made on the following interrelated issues:
- Key elements of the government’s anti-corruption strategy
- Synthesis of inputs from last anti-corruption sub-committee meeting
- Developing a strategy for anti-corruption strategy
During the discussion, participants agreed on terms for developing the strategy of the Anti-Corruption Subcommittee. These terms included having a realistic aspiration (vision and mission), appreciating the current collective capacity of the Subcommittee, availability of non-monetary resources, and selection of corruption related issues as targets for the Subcommittee’s activities based on a risk assessment of various options as targets.
The organizations present at this meeting were Afghan Coordination Against Corruption (AFCAC), Afghanistan Justice Organization (AJO), Shuhadda Organization, Afghanistan Youth New Era Organization (AYNEO), Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), Fair Law Organization for Women (FLOW), Afghanistan Cultural Community (ACC), and CORDAID.
The Chair and Deputy Chair of NAC-PP were also present.
During the presentation, the priorities of the government’s recent Anti-corruption Strategy were summarized as the following:
- Provide Political leadership and empower reformers.
- End security sector corruption, with a focus on the Ministry of Interior.
- Replace patronage with merit in the civil service.
- Prosecute the corrupt.
- Follow the money to make funding flows transparent, traceable, and subject to audit under a national charter of accounts.
All priorities, including actors, factors and mechanisms for the implementation of the strategy were discussed in detail during the discussion period. There was general agreement that while the strategy had been developed with insufficient input from civil society and lacked clarity on a number of issues, the fact that there was a formal anti-corruption strategy would legitimize the work and efforts of the Anti-corruption Subcommittee. It was also agreed that if the Subcommittee is successful in its activities, it could make a significant contribution to the review process of the Anti-corruption Strategy which is set to take place every six months.
The second part of the presentation provided a synthesis of inputs for the development of the Subcommittee’s strategy at the last Anti-Corruption Subcommittee meeting. This part of the presentation was used as the introduction to the final part of the meeting, to assess the risks in fighting corruption in Afghanistan and how the evaluation of the risks should be a major consideration in identifying and targeting corruption related issues to be addressed by the Anti-Corruption Subcommittee.
At the end of the meeting, due to time limitation, it was collectively agreed that all participants would provide answers to the remaining questions on the development of the Subcommittee strategy by email following internal consultation with their respective organizations.
The deadline for submission of responses to the Secretariat was set for Tuesday November 28, 2017. The draft strategy will be developed by the Secretariat once all responses have been received.