Civil society activists trained on anti-corruption and court proceedings

Wahidullah Azizi, Integrity Watch Afghanistan | @WahidSays

Integrity Watch a training course for civil society organizations on promoting integrity, good governance, and counter-corruption measures. More than 180 participants, representing different organizations from nine provinces, were taught how to fight against corruption, engage communities in efforts to counter graft and promote transparency and accountability at the local administration level.

Besides, learning the importance of preventing corruption, the participants learned how a fair trial takes place based on the Afghan laws. The participants are then expected to provide the training in their communities sharing their skills and knowledge.  The participants represented diverse civil society organizations from Kapisa, Kabul, Parwan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Paktia, Kandahar, and Balkh.

Results from the post-assessment of the training show that understanding of the participants improved significantly including among them court procedure, the conduct of a fair trial, working with communities to improve the culture of integrity and transparency and access to information to name a few. The participants evaluated the training as “vital” and refreshing to their activities.

Similar training was also held for civil society actors in different provinces including Balkh, Nangarhar, Herat, Kandahar as well as Jouzjan, Kunar, and Farah in 2017. Integrity Watch’s Community-Based Monitoring of Trials program has started in 2015. Since its inception, the program has resulted in more openness of the court, increased the percentage of open trials, and improved coordination among judicial departments. Integrity Watch strived to enhance the capacity of communities, civil society organizations, and activists to engage them in court proceedings.