The integrity Building Unit of Integrity Watch Afghanistan aims to promote the culture of integrity, transparency and accountability through strengthening the capacities of citizens and Afghan civil society organizations to create long lasting resilience against corruption. To reach this vision, the unit provides support for civil society organizations/CSOs to scale up and strengthen their oversight role of government reforms through promoting constructive dialogue, accountability and transparency. In addition, the unit builds a capable civil society and youth through training, facilitates their engagement with the government, and empowers them to act with and demand integrity.
Besides offering relevant training and resources to organizations and individuals, currently, Integrity Building unit has concentrated on the establishment of provincial integrity network in various provinces in Afghanistan. These networks are being formed to coordinate organizations and individuals focused on Anti-corruption efforts and create a strong momentum for change toward transparency and accountability in provincial level. Another ambitious program the unit runs in near future is “Empowering a New Generation of Integrity Champions in Afghanistan”. The current community based monitoring program is based on-the-ground presence of Integrity Watch in seven (7) provinces. Integrity Watch staff actively look for projects and identify communities to monitor those projects. Through this project the first generation of integrity champions (ICs), between 30 to 40 participants will be identified, trained, and mentored to implement monitoring projects of their own choice. During the Second phase of the program, the first generation of ICs will train the 2nd generation of integrity champions and this process will continue to expand the network of local monitors and broadening the scope of monitoring that Integrity Watch currently has defined for its monitoring programs.
The Afghan society is being affected by corruption at all levels. The fight against this social evil has been largely top-down and state-centric, with little involvement of citizens in this process. The efforts to develop the capacity of CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) and communities to fight corruption also have been limited. CSOs and community groups suffer from serious structural flaws as a result of non-existence of capacity for management. In addition, lack of coordination between CSOs and pervasive corruption in this sector have prevented these social groups to play their own role in addressing state corruption in Afghanistan. Integrity Building unit has focused in building the capacity of these groups in order to create an effective bottom-up campaign to fight corruption in Afghanistan.