Head of Advocacy and Communications at Integrity Watch, Mr. Mohammad Naser Timory said, “The government has been cooperative with our community volunteers in monitoring health facilities, but the lack of cooperation with civil society in the planning and procurement processes relating to the fight against Covid 19 is a major problem. This is a matter of concern and increases the chance of corruption and non-standard services delivery at such a critical time.”
With such concerns, Afghanistan’s civil society demands a reconsideration of the current approach of the fight against COVID 19 pandemic and instead demands an active role for civil society. Such a role is the only effective way to maximize the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic and the scourge of corruption . International organizations should also play a key role in ensuring that civil society is involved so that transparency and the oversight of all processes is much more effective.
- Ensure that civil society is fully involved in oversight of all procurement and health processes of Covid19-related programs
- Creation of a portal for proactive and timely publication of emergency procurement data
- The Ministry of Finance should publish details of funding by the Afghan government for the fight against COVID 19 with full & sufficient details disclosed to the media and civil society to enable civil society to hold public officials accountable.
- Take steps to ensure that all citizens receive fair & equal treatment in regard to aid distribution and also ensure there is full transparency in this process
- Protection of whistleblowers of corruption in the procurement process of Covid 19-related projects
- The government has established provincial oversight committees with civil society representation. We call on the provincial governors to stop picking a civil society to be a member of the oversight committee of Covid19 and instead allow civil society and community groups to choose their own most appropriate member.
Note to the Editors
- Video of GACC’s news conference is available here
- Established in 2010, Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG) has more than 1300 members all across Afghanistan. CSJWG is known as the largest cooperation platform of Afghan civil society groups.
- Governance and Anti-Corruption Committee is one of the committees of CSJWG and comprises the following members: 1) Kilid Group 2) Integrity Watch 3) Afghanistan Justice Organization 4) Afghanistan Lawyers Union 5) Afghanistan Democracy and Development Organization 6) Afghanistan Public Policy and Research Organization 7)Equality for Peace and Democracy Organization 8) Afghan Coordination Against Corruption Organization 9)Afghanistan Independent Bars Association 10) Women and Peace Studies Organization 11) Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation 12) Women’s Capacity Building and Development Organization 13) Feminine Solidarity for Justice Organization 14) Development and Support of Afghan Women and Children Organization 15) Development and humanitarian service for Afghanistan 16) Da Qanoon Ghoshtonki 17) Afghanistan Civil Society Forum 18) CORE 19) Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau
Ziafatullah Saeedi | Advocacy Officer, Integrity Watch