Integrity Watch: The Afghan government must focus on the immediate needs of health facilities to cope with Covid-19
17 May 2020, Kabul, Afghanistan—In the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak, new research by Integrity Watch shows that the Afghan health facilities face operational and maintenance challenges; weak personnel management and less than effective oversight by the Ministry of Public Health. The report places a call on the Afghan government to engage in direct consultation  [...]
Integrity Watch joins global civil society fraternity calling on governments to take emergency action for vulnerable mining communities
As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, affecting the health and lives of millions, the pandemic is wreaking further economic havoc on the lives of artisanal, small scale miners and their communities. 83% of the world’s mining workforce relies on these mines for their livelihood. That comes to roughly 40.5 million people. These people were vulnerable before  [...]
Integrity Watch: Oversight and justice institutions should remain independent of any political deal
11 May, 2020, Kabul, Afghanistan—Integrity Watch expressed its concerns over the recent talks between the government and different political groups to reach a deal including the distribution of the justice, regulatory, and oversight institutions as part of a potential power-sharing agreement. The civil society warned against any attempt to further politicize these institutions which are  [...]
Open Budget Survey 2019: Afghan Government fails to further open up its budget as reform efforts stall
April 30, 2020, Kabul, Afghanistan—Amidst concern over weak oversight of the government’s response to the corona virus outbreak, the Open Budget Survey (OBS) 2019 results, released today in Kabul, indicate stagnation in the reform of public finance management. The OBS results show that Afghanistan’s National Budget transparency rating improved only one point from 49 to  [...]
Integrity Watch: Government Should Cancel the Restructuring Decree of the Ministry of Finance
April 07, 2020—Kabul, Afghanistan: In response to President Ghani’s decree dated February 19, 2020 to restructure the Ministry of Finance, Integrity Watch expressed its concern over the decision which was made without consultation with major stakeholders including civil society, elected representatives, and donors. Integrity Watch welcomes the statements by government officials indicating that the government  [...]
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