Stumbling blocks to accessing information in the times of COVID-19
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health officials recently warned that 10 million people might have contracted the Covid 19 virus in the country. With COVID-19 spreading like wildfire, the Afghan Government has taken measures to allocate resources including funds to the provincial governments to respond to this situation. However, there are widespread allegations of corruption such  [...]
 Anti-corruption and the shrinking civic space in Afghanistan
Civil society members conduct social audit of service delivery at Kapisa Municipality   Sayed Ikram Afzali | @SIAfzali  Executive Director, Integrity Watch Afghanistan Civic space is “the ability of people to freely organize, participate, and communicate about policy.” Civic space is also about “the capacity for citizens to participate in the different stages of the policymaking  [...]
Open budgeting and contracting as trust-building vehicles in the time of COVID-19
Volunteers met with their community to provide them feedback about the results of health facilities monitoring in Jalalabad in April 2020. Photo credit: Integrity Watch Sayed Ikram Afzali | @SIAfzali  Executive Director, Integrity Watch Afghanistan As Afghanistan is juggling to deal with multiple threats including insecurity and political uncertainty following elections in 2019 and the pandemic  [...]
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