Integrity Watch Afghanistan as part of its commitment to fight corruption adopting community based monitoring (CBM), organized 2nd round of training for 46 Integrity Champions (ICs) from eight provinces namely; Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh, Paktia, Kunduz, Bamian, and Kapisa. The Camp 2 Training was aimed at enabling ICs to train the Second Generation of ICs in the year 2017 whose number will reach to 320 to 400. This training focused on the review of Camp 1, lessons learned from the field, advocacy, constructive engagement to resolve problems, training methods, as well as the role of media in promoting integrity.
The Camp 2 Training lasted for 5 days starting from 21st to 25th followed by ICs Conference on 26th January 2017. The feedback received from the participants throughout 5 days affirms that the training was a success. “I am now confident that I can monitor infrastructure projects more effectively in Nangarhar as far as I am familiar with the concept of CBM and means and ways of fighting corruption”, said Mr. Hotak an Integrity Champion from Nangarhar. “This training gave us an opportunity to share our lessons learned as well as problems and challenges faced by us during 7 months period. I am sure our efforts can impact the public perception that we Afghans are capable to stand against corrupt officials”, said Mr. Abdul Manan Hazhbar Faqiri an Integrity Champion from Herat.
Integrity Champions Program was launched in the beginning of 2016 with the overall objective of strengthening civil society’s public oversight of government reforms through greater responsiveness of government to respond to access to information requests and engage with civil society in the areas of service delivery as well as strengthen youth capacities to hold government accountable.