SIGAR: Afghan government`s fight against corruption has been symbolic

An “alert letter” to US Secretary of State and Pentagon US Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko said that the donors should include measurable and verifiable benchmarks with tangible outcomes, periodic reassessments of their programs and high-level political buy-in from all sides in their funding pledges.

“Afghan government tends to take meaningful action when donors are engaged and call for reforms to curb systemic corruption,” SIGAR said. “Corruption has substantially undermined the US mission in Afghanistan from the very beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom.”

Sopko said that previously SIGAR reported that corruption cuts across all aspects of the reconstruction effort, jeopardizing progress made in security, rule of law, governance, and economic growth.

“We are concerned that a failure to effectively address the problem of systemic corruption as the coalition presence shrinks, while the Afghan government continues to rely on donor assistance to protect the fragile gains of the 19-year mission, would mean that US reconstruction programs, at best, will continue to be subverted by systemic corruption and, at worst, will fail,” Sopko said in the letter.

SIGAR says the letter has sent to the US secretary of state and the Pentagon to alert them on the status of Afghanistan’s fight against corruption….read more

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