Democracy and Governance

Democracy and Governance

 

To promote government accountability and transparency by monitoring the government budget, revenue, plans expenditures and service delivery at the national and sub-national level; and exposing corrupt practices by implementing ministerial and parliamentary watchdog activities.

To reach the above target, SO has conducted the below projects in 2015 which benefited 381,475 individuals (191,827 male and 189,648 female). See details of the project as under:

 

4.1. Promote Government Accountability, Transparency and Elimination of Corruption:

SO and three NGO partners are implementing promote government accountability and transparency and elimination of corruption in Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghor provinces.

 The goal of the project is to raise citizen awareness around the damaging effects of corruption and promote the accountability and transparency among the local government officials and see below the objectives:

          – To heighten public awareness around the damaging effects of corruption  through 84 awareness raising sessions, publication of 3000 posters and 15000 brochures and 42 radio round-tables.

          – To increase government accountability and transparency in Bamyan and Daikundi provinces through establishing two follow-up committees and conducting 14 follow-up meetings among local government officials, government department , district authorities, partner agencies, CSOs, provincial council and community.

          – To contribute to the improvement of government plan and service delivery through conducting of 3 coordination meeting with elected bodies like provincial council.

To achieve the above objectives SO established two follow-up/advocacy committees in Bamyan and Daikundi.

The follow-up/advocacy committee is including Governmental departments, partner agencies, provincial council, journalists and civil society organizations. SO and follow-up /advocacy committees conducted 12 monthly meetings with 30 permanent participants out of 14 monthly meetings in whole project life, also SO and follow-up committees conducted 11 follow-up meetings with participation of 206 individual (Female: 59 – Male: 147) in Bamyan and Daikundi provinces.

 The follow-up meetings focused on Government plan, service delivery, anti-corruption, budget and other challenges. 72 civic awareness raising sessions conducted on anti-corruption for 1,780 individual (Female: 939 – Male: 841) by SO and three NGO partners in Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghor provinces. 36 Radio round-tables were produced and broadcasted by local radios in Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghor provinces, 15,000 brochures (about anti-corruption) were printed and disseminated , 3000 posters were printed and installed and 1000 training manuals  (about anti-corruption ) were printed and distributed in Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghor provinces. 

Beneficiaries: 281,162 (Female: 139,557 – Male: 141,605) individuals- Indirect, 408,134 Individuals

Duration: Seven Months (July1, 2015 – January 31, 2016)                            

Location: Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghor

Donor: CPI

 

4.1.1. Anti-Corruption in Bamyan:( Case Study of the above Project)

13 years efforts and endeavors of Afghan government and its international allies on fighting against corruption still corruption is one of the biggest potential challenges of Afghan government.

 Though Afghan government made several anti-corruption organizations but people are not witness of accountable and transparent government which many local and national corruption cases need to be finalized.

It seems Fighting against corruption is not effective unless Afghanistan’s justice system is not reformed, no law domination, increasing of law breaking and impunity culture is the very common phenomenon.

Bamyan, one of the most peaceful provinces of Afghanistan and famous for its civic activities, but wide Corruption in judiciary and justice systems are the biggest problems of having access to justice. With support from CPI/USAID’s Afghan Civic Engagement Program, SO was established a follow-up/advocacy committee in Bamyan. The committee is including governmental departments, partner agencies, provincial council, journalist, CSOs and other influential people. From July to November of 2015, advocacy committee conducted several advocacy sessions with government authorities in Bamyan province.  One of the key responsibilities of the committee is to advocate on corruption and encourage the government officials to stand against corrupters. These advocacy sessions had good results and the government officials warmly welcomed this program by their commitment.

 For instance, Bamyan SO’s advocacy committee conducted advocacy sessions with Bamyan governor and representatives of court and attorney departments in Bamyan due to much complains of the Bamyan residences. Advocacy committee advocated the problem with recently appointed governor Mr. Taher Zuhair and Bamyan justice and judiciary system.

As result advocacy committee and the advocacy meetings and traveling of Abul Ali Mohammady legal adviser of President Ashraf Ghani caused to dismiss and change six attorney generals in Bamyan. 

4.1.2. Afghan Citizens Learns How to Fight against Corruption: (Case Study of the above project)

Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt nations in the world and Also Corruption is the existential, strategic threat to Afghanistan. Supposedly North Korea and Somalia rank one and two; so Afghanistan is the third most corrupt nation in the world.

Bamyan, Ghor and Daikundi are the provinces of Afghanistan which located in the central highlands region. But Corruption is one of the problems that exist in the above mentioned provinces, theretofore, Shuhada organization (SO) an afghan NGO which received a fund under the name of promote government accountability and transparency and elimination of corruption project from CPI/USAID.

SO with its three NGO partners provides civic awareness session to increase the awareness of people on anti-corruption issues and encourage them to stand against corrupters and avoid giving and taking bribes. From July to November of this year, SO and its three NGOs partners conducted 60 civic awareness raising sessions on anti-corruption issues for 1484 afghans  (671 male and 813 female) in Bamyan, Ghor and Daikundi provinces. The civic awareness session is the only program that aware the community members from the corruption, damaging effects of corruption in society, methods of anti-corruption and causes and consequences of corruption in Afghanistan. The people warmly welcomed this program by their active participation in the civic awareness sessions and these sessions had good outcomes and some participants themselves advocated for their rights which were successful.

He started building his house, but the police officer destroyed his house by force. Abdul Raziq complained in provincial police department with the help of SO advocacy committee. His advocacy was successful and provincial police chief fired that police officer and introduced him to attorney general because he misused from his authority to destroy the house.

Abdul Raziq is very glad by saving his house and is very thankful of JCCSO, SO and CPI to make him aware of his legal rights and anticorruption issues and how to stand against the corrupters.

4.2. Electoral Reform Advocacy Project:

The aim of this project was to advocate for electoral reform and work closely with election reform committee. The project was a fact finding mission, undertake media outreach activities and host conferences for electoral reform.

SO has conducted “Electoral Reform Advocacy” project in Bamyan center for provincial council member, NGOs, election reform committee and citizens. Seen the below the objective:

          – To advocate for electoral reform and work closely with election reform committee.

Implemented activities:

          – Conducted two conferences in Bamyan province with participation of 293 individual including (Female: 88 – Male: 205) from provincial council member, NGOs, election reform committee, CSO members and local citizens. The first Conference aim was to collect overall ideas, concerns and past experience of the electoral stakeholders related to elections. The second conference aimed to disseminate the collected electoral reform recommendations, which includes radio interviews for wider outreach beyond the provincial capitals.

          – Interviews with 19 individual including (Female: 3 – Male: 16) key informants including election commission, governmental officials, national and international NGOs who work election field in Bamyan province.

          – Conducted six radio round tables with participation of election commission, governmental officials, national and international NGOs who work in election field about election system reform.

Beneficiaries: 100,313 (Female: 50,091 – Male: 50,222) individuals- Indirect Beneficiaries: 102,191 Individuals

Duration: Three Months (August 1, 2015 – Oct 30, 2015)

Project location: Center of Bamyan Provinces

Donor: ACSEN

 

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