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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 19, 2017: MEC releases its Special Report on Vulnerabilities to Corruption in the Attorney General’s Office

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May 09, 2017: MEC reviewed the Anti-Corruption plan of MOCI

Press Release (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

May, 09, 2017: MEC reviewed the Anti-Corruption plan of MOF

Press Release (PDF)
Full special Report (PDF)

May 09, 2017: MEC Releases its 3rd Follow up Report of the
Ministry of Public Health VCA

Press Release (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

April 21, 2017: MEC's 2017 First Quarterly Report

Full Report

October 15, 2016: MEC Three Year Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan (PDF)
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About us

Mandate (MEC Terms of Reference)

MEC is an independent agency, and is not subject to direction from either the Afghan government or from the international community. It was created through Presidential Decree 61 (Dari original) (English translation by MEC) 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. On September 18, 2016, the Afghan president issued Presidential Decree No. 115. This changed the legal status, duties, scope of activities and authorities of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee which abrogates all previous Presidential Decrees. (Dari original) (English translation by MEC) 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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    Dr. Mark Pyman (United Kingdom)

    MEC Chairman, Director of the Transparency International Defence and Security Programme

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    Ms. Helena Malikyar (Afghanistan)

    Afghan political analyst and historian

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    Dr. Slagjana Taseva (Macedonia)

    Founder and Chair of Transparency International Macedonia

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    Mr. Javed Noorani (Afghanistan)

    Leading civil society activist advocating for transparency and accountability.


  • 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

    June 7, 2016: Ariana News: Corruption Overshadows Nation Trust
    June 7, 2016: Tolo News: Report Speaks Of Corruption In MoPH
    June 7, 2016: Afghanistan Times: Health Sector Lost Public Trust Due to Corruption
    February 25, 2016: Voice of America: Monitoring Group: Corruption Still a Problem in Afghanistan
    February 25, 2016: Tolo News: MEC Concerned Over Culture of Impunity
    February 7, 2016: UNAMA News: Anti-Corruption Group Formed in Kandahar
    November 16, 2015: Tolo News: Frozi Must Pay $137m Fine And Serve Full Prison Sentence: Hashemi
    November 7, 2015: Tolo News: MEHWAR: Kabul Bank Defaulters Now Partner To Government Projects
    November 5, 2015: Tolo News: Criticisms Spark After Kabul Bank Criminals Allowed to Enjoy Business
    September 17, 2015: Tolo News: Govt's Anti-Corruption Efforts Criticized
    September 17, 2015: Voice of America: Afghan Anti-Corruption Report Faults Judiciary
    September 15, 2015: Tolo News: AGO Summons Two Ex-Kabul Mayors Over Corruption Charges
    August 22, 2015: Tolo News: Fraud in Passport Office Revealed
    August 22, 2015: 1TV: Over half of teachers unfit for position
    August 12, 2015: Tolo News: GOFTMAN: Delving Into Govt's Fight Against Corruption
    August 9, 2015: Tolo News: Monitoring Groups Say Corruption Has Increased Under New Government
    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 12, 2016: MEC Welcomes the Public Trials Held by Anti-Corruption Justice Center | News Release
    November 09, 2016: MOPH 1st Following Report | News Release
    October 26, 2016: MEC's New Committee Members | News Release
    October 2, 2016: Update On Kabul Bank Scandal | News Release
    September 28, 2016: MEC Expresses its Concerns Regarding the Lack of Anti-Corruption Deliverables in Proposed SMAF Update | News Release
    September 25, 2016: MEC Calls for Immediate Action into Attack on Civil Society Activist | News Release
    September 7, 2016: Vulnerabilities to Corruption in the Importation and Supply of Fuel and Liquid Gas | News Release
    July 14, 2016: MEC released its Review of the 2nd and 3rd 100-Days plans | News Release and analysis
    July 11, 2016: MEC releases its VCA on Municipality Revenue Collection | News Release
    July 2, 2016: MEC welcomes the National Unity government’s move to refer 450 government officials accused of corruption to the judiciary system | News Release
    June 14, 2016: Paper on the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority | News Release | Full Paper
    June 7, 2016: MEC Releases Special Report on Corruption Risk at the MOPH | News Release
    May 24, 2016: MEC Releases International Work Permit VCA | News Release
    February 25, 2016: MEC Releases Ninth Six-Month Report | News Release
    February 21, 2016: MEC's New Committee Members | News Release
    January 27, 2016: TI's 2015 CPI | News Release
    December 9, 2015: Anti-Corruption Day and Conflicts of Interest Paper | News Release
    November 21, 2015: VCA on EQUIP Program and Report on WFP Food Initiatives | News Release
    November 8, 2015: Review of Selected Foreign Assistance Programs | News Release
    October 21, 2015: E-Tazkira Authority VCA | News Release
    September 17, 2015: Eighth Six-Month Report and NUG 100-Day Plans | News Release
    August 22, 2015: MOE Teacher Recruitment VCA | News Release
    August 11, 2015: Wasaeq VCA | News Release
    August 8, 2015: EVAW VCA | News Release
    June 3, 2015: MOLSAMD VCA | News Release
    June 3, 2015: Nepotism in MOFA | News Release | Full Paper
    April 26, 2015: Seventh Six-Month Report | News Release
    April 26, 2015: Corruption Case VCA | News Release
    February 15, 2015: UNCAC Recommendations | News Release
    December 3, 2014: TI Corruption Perceptions Index | News Release
    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

    October 2016: 21st MEC Mission in Afghanistan
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    Reports


    MEC Quarterly Reports

    April 2017: First Quarterly Report
    MEC Six-Month Reports
    March 29, 2017: 11th Six-Month Report (July - December 2016)
    October 15, 2016: Tenth Six-Month Report (January - July 2016)
    February 25, 2016: Ninth Six-Month Report (July - December 2015)
    September 17, 2015: Eighth Six-Month Report (January - June 2015)
    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
    June 30, 2016: M&E Tool
    December 31, 2015: Fully-Implemented MEC Recommendations
    June 30, 2015: Fully-Implemented MEC Recommendations
    March 24, 2013: 5th Set of Recommendations and Benchmarks
    1st - 4th Sets of Recommendations and Benchmarks

    Special Reports
    September 7, 2016: Importation and Supply of Fuel and Liquid Gas
    June 4, 2016: Corruption Risk at the MOPH

    Vulnerability to Corruption Assessments (VCAs) Reports
    February 02, 2017: MOPH 2nd Following up
    November 09, 2016: MOPH 1st Following up
    July 11, 2016: Municipality Revenue Collection VCA
    May 24, 2016: International Work Permit VCA
    November 21, 2015: EQUIP VCA | WFP Food Report
    October 21, 2015: E-Tazkira VCA (updated Nov. 3, 2015)
    August 22, 2015: MOE Teacher Recruitment VCA
    August 11, 2015: Wasaeq VCA
    June 3, 2015: MOLSAMD VCA
    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

    Provincial Trips
    April 9, 2017: Local Authorities Access to project contract
    December 9, 2016: Bamyan provincial Trip
    Auguest 9, 2016: Badakhshan provincial Trip
    Auguest 9, 2016: Badakhshan Senior Appointment Report

    Anti-Corruption Plans Rewiev
    February 2, 2017: MoCIT Anti-Corruption Plan

    Conflicts of Interest Paper
    December 9, 2015: Conflicts of Interest Paper (PDF)

    Analysis of MEC's Impact
    October, 2016: MEC Impact English Version(PDF)

    Review of Selected Foreign Assistance Programs
    November 8, 2015: Full Report

    Review of NUG 100-Day Plans
    September 17, 2015: Full Paper

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

    Kabul Bank
    October 2, 2016: Update on Kabul Bank Scandal Full Report
    October 2, 2014: Kabul Bank Follow-Up Report
    November 15, 2012: Kabul Bank Public Inquiry Report

    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)
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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
    Email: contact [@] mec.af

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