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Integrity Watch: Despite the budgetary reforms, the national budget is vulnerable to political influence

Integrity Watch: Despite the budgetary reforms, the national budget is vulnerable to political influence

17 Jan 2019 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

  Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday (December 23rd 2018)- Integrity Watch published its research report on draft budget for the fiscal year 2019 in a press conference. Budget execution in the fiscal year 2018 has significantly increased and the collection of revenues has almost doubled under the National Unity Government. According to this research, corruption, lack of […]

Public projects hamstrung by lack of information and cost overruns

Public projects hamstrung by lack of information and cost overruns

10 Dec 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Wahidullah Azizi, Integrity Watch Afghanistan KABUL: In mid-November 2018, CoST Afghanistan launched its maiden Assurance Report after the country joined the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative headquartered in London. The assessment report looks into eight big projects, which include roads, a dam and a retaining wall scheme. The projects worth millions of dollars are meant to benefit […]

Civil society and legal organizations: Anti-corruption law altered

Civil society and legal organizations: Anti-corruption law altered

04 Nov 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Nov 01, 2018, Kabul: Afghanistan civil and legal organizations during a press conference termed the enforcement of the modified anti-corruption law as a violation of the UN International Convention Against Corruption, Jakarta Principles for Anti-Corruption Agencies and the spirit of establishing independent institutions in the Afghan legal system. The Afghan government’s cabinet endorsed the anti-corruption […]

CSOs to government: Scrap gold and copper contracts

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Wahidullah Azizi, Integrity Watch Afghanistan | @wahidazizi1 In a rare show of unity, hundreds of representatives of civil society organizations and activists from Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Parwan, and Kabul on Saturday (October 13) called on the government to immediately scrap recently-signed contracts for the exploration of gold and copper deposits in the north of Afghanistan. The activists […]

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Afghan Access to Information Law ranked top in the world

Afghan Access to Information Law ranked top in the world

08 Oct 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Wahidullah Azizi, Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch and Oversight Commission on Access to Information celebrated world best access to information law on the occasion of International Day of Universal Access to Information. Afghanistan access to information law that was passed in March 2018 topped the world ranking of access to information laws. This year, Center […]

New Afghan mining contracts ‘appear to breach law’, say CSOs

New Afghan mining contracts ‘appear to breach law’, say CSOs

04 Oct 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

[Kabul, October 04, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] Afghan and international civil society organisations (CSOs) have raised serious concerns over two mining contracts that are close to being signed by the government, which appear to be in clear breach of Afghan law barring Ministers from holding concessions for a period after they leave office. “The […]

Fighting Corruption through Implementation of SDGs

Fighting Corruption through Implementation of SDGs

04 Sep 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

On August 16, Integrity Watch Afghanistan and Transparency International (TI) held a joint forum on fighting corruption through the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Government Media and Information Center. Representatives from civil society, donor community including GIZ, Minister of Economy and other government officials participated. Delivering his remarks, Mustafa Mastoor, Minister of Economy […]

President Ghani and Minister of Finance welcome Integrity Watch’s report on national budget 2018

President Ghani and Minister of Finance welcome Integrity Watch’s report on national budget 2018

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Following the launch of Integrity Watch analytical report on the national budget 1397 (2018), on January 3, 2018, the High Council on Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption presided by President Ghani asked Integrity Watch to present the report to the Council. Sayed Ikram Afzali, Executive Director of Integrity Watch, thanked the President for having started […]

As progress toward global budget transparency stalls for the first time in a decade, Afghanistan ranks among those that improved

As progress toward global budget transparency stalls for the first time in a decade, Afghanistan ranks among those that improved

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Amid declining public trust in government and increasing inequality around the world, a major independent global report finds that the government of Afghanistan has increased the amount of budget information it makes available to the public but reveals that overall country systems for ensuring budget accountability around the world are deficient Kabul, Afghanistan, February 11, […]

Integrity Watch: Afghanistan’s fight against corruption has stalled due to lack of independent anti-corruption institutions.

Integrity Watch: Afghanistan’s fight against corruption has stalled due to lack of independent anti-corruption institutions.

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb 22, 2018: Integrity Watch Afghanistan and Transparency Afghanistan said in a press conference that the decline of Afghanistan in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranking indicates that the government has been unable to make progress noticeable in the fight against corruption. According to the Index, Afghanistan scored only 15 which makes it […]

Afghanistan makes minor improvement in the Open Budget Survey

Afghanistan makes minor improvement in the Open Budget Survey

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Wahidullah Azizi, Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan held national launch of Open Budget Survey (OBS) 2017 with the presence of Ministry of Finance, Supreme Audit Office and Parliament’s Commission on Budget and Finance on February 11, 2018, in Kabul. In 2017, Afghanistan scored 49 out of 100 in the OBS 7 percentage point higher […]

CoST-Afghanistan Signs MOUs with Government Agencies

CoST-Afghanistan Signs MOUs with Government Agencies

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Ghulam Reza Merzaie, CoST Afghanistan On 25th of February 2018, Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) Afghanistan signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with Ministry of Energy and Water and National Procurement Authority on information disclosure of publicly funded infrastructure projects. Based on the MoUs, the government agencies shall disclose information on publicly funded infrastructure projects […]

Civil society calls on President Ghani to ensure transparency in large contracts to American companies

Civil society calls on President Ghani to ensure transparency in large contracts to American companies

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

      Kabul, March 18, 2018. Afghan and international civil society organizations today called on President Ashraf Ghani to guarantee he will implement transparency reforms and other protections before granting new mining contracts – amid pressure from the US government to give deals to American companies. A coalition of 20 CSOs wrote to President […]

Afghan prisons’ long route to reform

Afghan prisons’ long route to reform

29 Aug 2018 Integrity Watch Afghanistan Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Jawad Daadban, Advocacy Specialist A joint team of government officials and Integrity Watch Afghanistan completed an assessment of the condition of prisons and detention centers in Kabul. The team was tasked based on a presidential decree to look into the quality of service delivery in Pul-e-Charkhi prison, inmates of drug trafficking crimes, and women prison […]