Integrity Watch Afghanistan marked International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 at national and provincial level with the theme of public participation in anti-corruption. The campaign that started on December 9 and ended on December 18 included social media outreach, the signing of anti-corruption pledge, and a conference on public participation in service delivery.
The ten-day social media campaign highlighted the severe impact of corruption on security and stability, health and education, revenues and economic development, justice, and rule of law, extractives, and environment. The messages included contents such as corruption contributes to keeping around three million children out of school; corruption contributes to the continuation of malnutrition and poverty rate of 39 percent; corruption results in waste in revenue collection, corruption increases insecurity and weakens rule of law and corruption results in illegal mining and environmental degradation. The campaign emphasized that Afghans could have a far better life if corruption were under control in the last decade and even now it is not too late to take on this menace.
Integrity Watch’s provincial staff took to streets and other public places and requested citizens to sign a pledge against corruption. Hundreds of Afghans signed on a banner and committed to contributing in the fight against corruption. The overwhelming willingness of citizens is an indication that they are fed up with pervasive corruption and that they are ready to join anti-corruption initiatives.
The final day of the campaign was celebrated with the launch of Citizen Report Card 2018 on service delivery, public participation and governance in nine municipalities including Kabul, Kunduz, Charikar, Mahmudi Raghi, Bamyan, Herat, Jalalabad, Mazar-e Sharif and Gardez cities. The survey ranked Charikar, Herat and Mazar-e Sharif with 64, 63 and 62 percent of public satisfaction as first, second and third respectively while Gardez followed by Kabul were at the bottom of the ranking. The forerunning mayors and a Kabul district chief were awarded for their performance. Kabul Mayor who was present at the conference addressed the 22 district chiefs of Kabul Municipality and stated, “Head of districts who are not able to improve their scores next year will be fired.” The aim of the citizen report card report is to establish accountability of service providers to the citizens and to increase public participation in assessing quality and quantity of the services provided to them.