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International donors may cut aid to Afghanistan over corruption

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

Drago KosThe independent anti-graft watchdog, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Saturday warned that international donors will cut funding to Afghan projects unless action is taken to stop rampant graft from going unpunished.

Drago Kos, chairman of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committe (MEC) quoted by Reuters said, “The biggest problem in this country is impunity. People don’t see the bad guys are being sanctioned, people do not trust the government.”

While speaking at the release of group’s six-month report, Drago Kos said, “There’s no reaction from the police or attorney general’s office.”

The report released by Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) revealed that nepotism and fraud in one of the US-backed project, Civilian Technical Assistance Plan (CTAP).

According to the report, CTAP was one of the clearest examples of the ongoing rampant graft, however, neither the Ministry of Finance nor the Supreme Audit Office had shown any “willingness” to cooperate.

In response to the review of the programme by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), largest donor of CTAP, Drago Kos said, “It would have to be a very serious issue that they would cut their own programme, but when deciding about a new one, this could be an influence. They will either not get into it, or limit the funding.”

This comes as USAID has recently slammed by auditors for grand, wasteful schemes. MEC was launched in 2011 to fight against corruption in Afghanistan, and was sponsored by British tgovernment.

Delegates from 80 nations pledged $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan during Tokyo conference last year, however, the funding was tied to a much strong effort to fight corruption.

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  1. At least in Helmand, corruption and mis-use of “reconstruction” funding has been common knowledge since at least 2005. Ask virtually any of the non-government or drug related local population. They have continually complained about what has not been done with the advertised funds….millions. But apparently no one listens. And after 12 years of military occupation, surges of both military and civilian with millions being spent on counter narcotics, alternative incomes etc etc, opium poppy is continuing to increase in cultivation over the past 3 years and the drug industry is booming. How could this be?? CORRUPTION AND MIS-MANAGEMENT. And none of the key development national and international organizations (like USAID and UNODCP) do anything effective but continue to pump money into ineffective projects with Afghan government cooperation. When will things change?? When will an Afghan Ataturk step forward and put an end to this costly joke??

    • This article is pure political grandstanding. It is an easy task to make a pointed accusation on CTAP when no evidence is provided to back it up. CTAP has passed three comprehensive financial audits conducted by USAID and an independent program evaluation by Checchi and Company commissioned by USAID. Checchi’s final report stated, “…They [CTAP] provided us unfettered access to their records and internal documents, gave generously of their time, and generally went the extra mile to assist us in gaining access to the staff of CTAP and CTAP’s client Ministries. They demonstrated openness and a commitment to transparency that is exemplary” 
      If MEC has information that contradicts these findings, please bring them to CTAP and, in the unlikely event that there is merit to the accusations, they will be dealt with swiftly. 


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