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Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee

The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) independently monitors and evaluates national and international efforts to fight corruption in Afghanistan. It reports to the public, Parliament, President, and international community. Learn more about us here.

July 1, 2015: MEC announces International Committee Member Vacancy

International Committee Member Vacancy Announcement, July 31 Deadline

June 20, 2015: MEC announces Senior Policy Advisor Vacancy

Senior Policy Advisor Position Description, July 20 Deadline


June 3, 2015: MEC releases Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment of the Payment System for Martyrs and Persons Disabled by Conflict at MOLSAMD

Press Release
VCA on the Pension Process at MOLSAMD (full report)

June 3, 2015: MEC releases paper and issues recommendations concerning the irregular hiring and personnel practices at MOFA

Press Release
MOFA Hiring Practices (full report)

AP/NY Times Article: Afghan Anti-Corruption Body Assails Nepotism in Government
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About us

Mandate

MEC is an independent agency, and is not subject to direction from either the Afghan government or from the international community. It was created after the need for an autonomous anti-corruption monitoring and evaluation body was identified at the London and Kabul conferences. Following the London Conference, (click to read London Conference Communique) the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan invited the international community to form a joint Afghan-International monitoring and evaluation committee. MEC focuses on:

  • developing anti-corruption recommendations;
  • monitoring and evaluating the anti-corruption efforts of the Afghan government and the international community; and
  • reporting on a regular basis to the President, Parliament, and people of Afghanistan, as well as to the international community, about the state of the fight against corruption.

The Committee

The Committee consists of six senior anti-corruption experts selected through a nomination process overseen by the international community and the Afghan government. The Chairmanship of the Committee alternates between an Afghan and an international appointee every six months.

The current members of the Committee are:

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    Mr. Drago Kos (Slovenia)

    Head of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and former Chair of the Group of States against Corruption

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    Mr. Mohammad Yasin Osmani (Afghanistan)

    Former Director of HOO

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    Dr. Yama Torabi (Afghanistan)

    Founder and Board Member of Integrity Watch Afghanistan

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    Mr. Zakem Shah (Afghanistan)

    Former Minister of Commerce

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    Dr. Shaukat Hassan (Bangladesh/Canada)

    Former Chief of Party of MSI, Headed USAID's Anti-Corruption Program in Afghanistan

The Secretariat

MEC is supported by a technical secretariat consisting of national and international staff. The Secretariat is led by an Executive Director and is divided into two major departments: (1) Research, Reporting, and Communications, and (2) Monitoring and Evaluation and Vulnerabilities to Corruption Assessments.

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What We Do

Developing Recommendations and Benchmarks

MEC has issued more than 180 recommendations affecting a variety of government and international institutions. The recommendations address policy gaps that exist in the national and international efforts to fight corruption. The full text of the MEC recommendations can be found at the end of the Fifth Six-month Report, issued in March 2014.

Monitoring and Evaluating the Implementation of Recommendations

MEC monitors and evaluates the implementation of its recommendations. MEC's Secretariat works closely with implementing institutions to gauge progress and identify any potential problems. The Secretariat also seeks information from civil society organizations and other institutions to assess whether the recommendations have been implemented.

Kabul Bank Crisis

MEC completed its first public inquiry into the Kabul Bank crisis in November 2012 and issued a Follow-Up Report on this matter in October 2014. MEC will continue to monitor the implementation of its recommendations and report to the public on their status.

Vulnerability to Corruption Assessments (VCAs)

VCAs identify vulnerabilities to corruption in government processes and allow for the development of strategies to mitigate these risks. MEC has released six reports in the areas of land distribution for repatriates, pension administration, civil-service appointments, education-certificate issuance, the administration of university examinations, and the pharmaceutical importation process.

Consultation and Outreach

MEC acts as a key facilitator and coordinator among actors involved in the fight against corruption in Afghanistan. MEC has initiated stakeholder working groups to identify corruption issues and solutions. MEC also conducts regular provincial missions to gain a regional perspective.

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News, Press Releases and Upcoming Events

MEC in the news

April 26, 2015: Tolo News: Joint Commission Questions National Unity Government's Strategy for Combating Corruption
April 26, 2015: Afghanistan Times: NUG has no specific anti-corruption policy: Watchdog
November 20, 2014: Khaama Press: Afghan pharmaceutical market consists $400m illegally imported products
November 19, 2014: Washington Post: Sub-standard medicine floods Afghan market
November 19, 2014: Tolo News: Past 10 Years Saw 1.2 Million Acres of Land Grabbed: MEC
January 27, 2014: Afghanistan Times: Public sectors vulnerable to corruption: MEC
January 27, 2014: Pajhwok: MEC alleges rampant graft in key ministries
January 11, 2014: Pajhwok: MEC calls for AISA audit, oversight
December 13, 2013: REUTERS: Corrupt money hides in Dubai, officials turn blind eye - Eva Joly
November 17, 2013: USA Today: MEC says Afghans are concerned the upcoming presidential election is vulnerable to corruption
October 24, 2013: CoST: Afghanistan joins CoST in determination to fight corruption following MEC´s recommendation
September 28, 2013: Pajhwok: IEC asked to reject corrupt candidates
July 8, 2013: OECD: MEC member Drago Kos is appointed as head of the OECD Working Group on Bribery from 2014
March 24, 2013: Tolo News: Afghan Govt Graft on the Rise, Corruption Monitor Says
March 17, 2013: The West Australian: Afghan anti-graft body raps Kabul Bank court ruling
November 28, 2012: Tolo News: Kabul Bank Fraud Buttressed by Weak Governance

Press Releases

November 19, 2014: Land Usurpation Report | News Release
November 19, 2014: Pharmaceutical Importation VCA | News Release
September 17, 2014: Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat | News Release | Backgrounder
September 17, 2014: Sixth Six-Month Report | News Release | Backgrounder
June 10, 2014: Customs | News Release | Backgrounder | Recommendations
June 3, 2014: Anti-Money Laundering Law | News Release | Backgrounder | Letter to the National Assembly
June 1, 2014: Supreme Audit Office | News Release | Backgrounder | Recommendations
May 6, 2014: ATRA and Red Crescent | News Release | Backgrounder | ATRA Recommendations | Red Crescent Recommendations
April 16, 2014: Fifth Six-Month Report | News Release | Backgrounder
February 10, 2014: Attorney General's Office | News Release | Backgrounder | Recommendations
January 27, 2014: Vulnerability to Corruption Assessments | News Release | Backgrounder
January 11, 2014: AISA | News Release | Backgrounder | Recommendations
December 9, 2013: International Anti-Corruption Day | News Release
December 4, 2013: Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index | News Release
November 4, 2013: Election Campaign Financing | News Release | Backgrounder | Recommendations
October 21, 2013: Draft Minerals Law | News Release | Backgrounder | Letter to the National Assembly | Recommendations
October 9, 2013: National Military Hospitals | News Release | Backgrounder | MEC's Letter to SIGAR
September 28, 2013: Fourth Six-Month Report | News Release | Backgrounder
March 31, 2013: Presidential Decree 45 Monitoring Report | News Release
March 24, 2013: Third Six-Month Report & Fifth Set of Recommendations and Benchmarks | Media Advisory | Backgrounder | News Release Third Six-Month Report | News Release Fifth Set of Recommendations and Benchmarks
March 17, 2013: Response to Kabul Bank Public Inquiry | News Release
March 5, 2013: MEC Reaction to Kabul Bank Tribunal Judgment | News Release
November 28, 2012: Kabul Bank Public Inquiry Report | Media Advisory

Upcoming Events

May 2015:
16th MEC Mission in Afghanistan
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Reports

Kabul Bank
October 2, 2014: Kabul Bank Follow-Up Report
November 15, 2012: Kabul Bank Public Inquiry Report

Land Usurpation
November 19, 2014: Report on the Public Inquiry into Land Usurpation

Presidential Decree 45 Monitoring and Evaluation Report
The first monitoring report of the 38 anti-corruption related articles of Presidential Decree 45.
March 31, 2013: Presidential Decree 45 Monitoring and Evaluation Report
June 21, 2012: Presidential Decree 45 (Translated into English)

MEC Six-Month Reports
March 4, 2015: Seventh Six-Month Report (July - December 2014)
September 17, 2014: Sixth Six-Month Report (January - June 2014)
April 27, 2014: Fifth Six-Month Report (July - December 2013)
September 28, 2013: Fourth Six-Month Report (January - June 2013)
March 24, 2013: Third Six-Month Report (July - December 2012)
July 25, 2012: Second Six-Month Report (January - June 2012)
December 2011: First Six-Month Report (July - December 2011)

Sets of Recommendations and Benchmarks
March 24, 2013: 5th Set of Recommendations and Benchmarks
1st - 4th Sets of Recommendations and Benchmarks

Vulnerability to Corruption Assessments (VCAs) Reports
April 26, 2015: VCA on Corruption Case Tracking
November 19, 2014: VCA on Pharmaceutical Importation
January 27, 2014: VCA on the Land Distribution Process for Repatriates | Download Summary | Download Full Report
January 27, 2014: VCA on Pension Administration Reform | Download Summary | Download Full Report
January 27, 2014: VCA on Civil Service Appointments | Download Summary | Download Full Report
January 27, 2014: VCA on Education Certificate Issuance | Download Summary | Download Full Report
January 27, 2014: VCA on University Examination Administration | Download Summary | Download Full Report
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Get in touch with MEC

Have a recommendation for improving anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan? Let us know.

Contact Us

Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone: +93 797 51 58 71; +93 792 04 33 74
Email: contact [@] mec.af

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