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  [...]
Implementation of OGP’s National Action Plan-II Commences in Kabul
On the 14th February 2020, the Open Government Partnership Secretariat, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the Democratic Development Organization for Afghanistan, and the Training Human Rights Association for Afghan Women (THRA) jointly organized a conference to initiate the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP-II) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), in Kabul. NAP–II consists of 18  [...]
Making the Budget Work for the People
Sayed Ikram Afzali | @SIAfzali Executive Director, Integrity Watch Afghanistan In January, the Afghan Parliament approved the National Budget 2020 with a total amount of AFN 428.3 billion (USD 5.55 billion) including an operating and development budget of USD 3.75 billion and USD 1.8 billion respectively. The majority of the Budget goes to the security  [...]
Taking Afghanistan out of the ruins: Building trust in states institutions
Sayed Ikram Afzali | @SIAfzali  Executive Director, Integrity Watch Afghanistan Marathon efforts were made after the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan to rebuild the Afghan state. However, most of these efforts, even though well-intentioned, did not go very far in rebuilding the state and citizens’ trust in state institutions in the war-torn country. In fact,  [...]
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