New UNDP Initiative to Strengthen Anti-Graft Policy, Transparent Service Delivery in Afghanistan
Kabul: The Afghanistan Integrity Initiative (AFII), the new anti-corruption project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was launched here today in the presence of top-level Afghan Government and United Nations representatives.
AFII will be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Audit Office as well as NGOs and citizen organizations.
The project is scheduled to run for three years from December 2013 till December 2016.
The importance of the Afghanistan Integrity Initiative is underscored by the fact that Afghanistan, according to the newly released 2013 Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index continues to be ranked at the very bottom.
This project will support the Government of Afghanistan in changing this negative standing by strengthening administrative systems and improving the technical capacity of key government institutions. And by helping citizen’s organizations to more effectively fight corruption at national and sub-national levels.
The formulation of the project has been guided by the Government’s key anti-corruption priorities as expressed in the Afghan National Development Strategy, the National Priority Program (NPP) on Transparency and Accountability as well as the strategic development priorities of the Supreme Audit Office, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice.
Against this background the AFII project aims to formulate a comprehensive whole-of-government National Anti-Corruption Policy and strengthen the national audit regime and simplify and automate administrative processes of key government institutions to ensure a more transparent and effective provisioning of public services. The initiative will pilot new approaches that allow for public employees to report and redress injustice while also providing space for citizens to report issues of maladministration, misconduct, and corruption in the justice and education sectors.
Today’s signing ceremony was attended by the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mr. Mark Bowden, the Afghan Minister for Justice, Mr. Habibullah Ghalib, the Minister for Education, Mr. Ghulam Farooq Wardak and the Auditor General, Supreme Audit Office of Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Sharif Sharifi and the UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez. Representatives from multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society organizations as well as media in large numbers were present on the occasion.
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