Statement on recent coverage on the Law and Order Trust Fund for AfghanistanOct 9, 2014
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) fully cooperates with its partners, including the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), on improving the transparency, accountability and oversight of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA).
Since 2012, UNDP has conducted more than 30 internal audits, and has supported external reviews and assessments, most recently a UK-commissioned due diligence assessment on UNDP’s systems.
In response, UNDP has implemented a number of strategic recommendations by the various oversight bodies. For example, we increased the number of police paid through an electronic payroll to 85 percent; we strengthened our management and oversight capacity in Afghanistan as well as in our regional service center and in headquarters; and we redesigned procurement procedures to ensure greater transparency and accountability.
We have established a technical working group that brings our partners together to resolve issues related to the payroll process, and we have contributed constructive comments on broader security sector issues that impact LOTFA but are not directly part of its mission.
We are aware of persistent issues. The environment where we operate is challenging. More needs to be done.
In our continued effort to improve LOTFA's operations, we will make publicly available an audit of our oversight of the monitoring agent before the end of this year.
LOTFA’s objective is to contribute to state-building in Afghanistan after three decades of conflict. Since its inception in 2002, the police force has grown from some 15,000 to over 157,000 personnel, a process that has been a key component in the country’s reconstruction and transition.
As the consultations about the next phase of LOTFA are ongoing, UNDP is making sure that the programme will build on lessons learned, particularly in the areas of transparency, accountability and oversight.
Contact: Stanislav Saling, Spokesperson, 212 906 6575 or firstname.lastname@example.org