In view of the wide-spread corruption and lack of transparency and accountability in
the government, and private sector the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) decided to establish a coalition against corruption at a large meeting held on 25 February 2012 at the
Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau (ANCB) office located in Kabul. Following this meeting,
the coalition was formally launched on 29 March 2012 in Kabul. In the launching ceremony,
a number of CSO representatives, parliamentarians and government officials were present.
The coalition was named the “Afghanistan CSOs Coalition against Corruption” (AFCAC).
Since AFCAC did not have any official status at its founding, it was decided that the coalition
shall be led by, and work under the umbrella of, ANCB. The AFCAC is governed by a board of
directors comprising seven permanent and seven alternative members. In total, 58 CSOs
are members of the AFCAC as of May 2013. The number may be increased in future. The CSOs can play a vital role in fighting corruption at the government as well community levels, foster good governance, and ensure the inclusion of groups from marginalized or underrepresented communities including poor families, the rural population, women and the youth so that their voices are heard. The AFCAC having came into existence through a combination of ANCB NGO whose representative are present on the Board of Directors and also in executive committees bring together an excellent blend of skill, expertise and experience of those NGOs with successful implementation of similar projects.
AFCAC will aim to foster positive change and contribute to a more comprehensive, coherent
and inclusive fight against corruption in Afghanistan. AFCAC will foster national dialogue,
mobilize civil society for anti-corruption campaigns, and promote partnership building
among anticorruption stakeholders in order to influence national level policies aimed at
creating a new Afghanistan that has the needs and priorities of the population at heart.
“AFCAC envisions a transparent, accountable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan based on social justice and the rule of law.”
“A strong, committed and coordinated coalition of all non-state actors advocating democratic governance, accountability and transparency in all spheres of governmental and non-governmental activity”
LEGAL STATUS OF AFCAC
AFCAC has been registered in the Ministry of Economy under the registration number -3060.
The project “Advocacy for the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Pledge as tool for policy change” aims at advocating for the Implementation of an Anti-Corruption Pledge that was propagated by the AFCAC before elections and both the Presidential Candidates (Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah) were signatories to it.
The project will use the Pledge as tool for system change- And an advocacy tool to monitor, oversight and evaluate the public and government institutions as well as departments for Corruption. Since its inception in February, 2012, AFCAC has emerged a serious stakeholder in efforts to curb Corruption in Afghansocietyand especially in public sector entities and overall political and economic system of Afghanistan. For this a pledge (Attached with this proposal) was drafted and eight out eleven presidential candidates including the current President (Dr. Ashraf Ghani) and the Chief executive Officer (Dr. Abdullah Abdullah) are the signatories to the pledge. The pledge asks for recognizing the Corruption as serious threat and issue to the Afghan people as well as for prioritizing the Anti-Corruption policies by the people at the helm of affairs.
We believe that this pledge could be the stepping stone for the broader policies and monitoring tools that may be evolved or developed for the making Afghanistan a Corruption free society, or near about.
This project would advocate policy change through adoption of the Pledge as propagated and signed by the presidential candidates.
The project is unique in the sense that not only it has a toll (Pledge) which is already developed for the formation of Advocacy campaign for the project but also the organization has well developed network of over 80 Organizations and influential individuals who are part of AFCAC as a support group to keep the sustainability of the project alive even after its formal closure of activities in the 7 months. The project is proposed to start from 1st of May 2015 and it should be able to close by November, 30th 2015. Means once the flame is ignited for the promotion of pledge and achieving the objective of having policy change to bring fight against Corruption to the forefront the AFCAC as a party could keep it alive for the duration of current Presidential team as they are the signatories to the pledge.
The organization always strives for Gender equity and tries to include Women as beneficiaries in all its activities. In this project too, the organization from hiring the employees to the direct project beneficiaries would ensure maximum participation of women and youth in the project activities.
The organization has strong portfolio of existing and past projects to fight against Corruption through research, advocacy and policy initiatives. Recent project of the Organization “Reduced Vulnerability of Corruption in Ministry of Education (MoE) and Joint Efforts of Government, Afghan Civil Society and Youth- was in support for advocacy level reforms on Anti-Corruption whereby vendor payments process and certificate distribution process were SELECT SQL_CACHEed for research study