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Afghanistan’s 2017 budget ranked 2nd most transparent in the region

Afghanistan’s 2017 budget received a score of 49 out of 100 in the Open Budget Index survey, making it the second most transparent in the region. The Open Budget Index survey assesses the availability of eight key budget documents in

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EU approves aid package to Afghanistan worth 100 million Euros

The European Union (EU) approved on Monday an aid package worth 100 million Euros (USD 118 million) under a State Building Contract (SBC) to support implementation of key reforms in Afghanistan. “The allocation approved today is a very tangible demonstration

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Afghan ministries sign ‘Transparency’ agreement with COST

The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) of Afghanistan signed an agreement with the Ministries of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Ministry of Public Works. The agreement requires that the ministries have to share all information regarding building projects with the

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Afghanistan attends workshop in Turkey on good governance in mining industry

Representatives of the multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of Afghanistan’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI), Afghanistan’s civil society, the private sector, the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), the Ministry of Finance (MoF) as well as the Afghan Parliament, participated in

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Afghan government launches public financial management reform plan

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani officially launched the five-year ‘Public Financial Management Reform Plan” in Arg on Saturday. The plan is as per the promise made by the Afghan government to the international community at the London Conference. The Afghan government

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Afghan government to supervise NGOs to ensure transparency

Afghan Minister of Economy Abdul Satar Murad said on Tuesday that non-governmental organizations operating in Afghanistan would be expected to report to the Ministry on their projects and funding. Speaking at the National Conference on Coordination, Transparency and Cooperation with

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President Ghani calls for reforms in Ministry of Finance

President Ashraf Ghani highlighted some major reforms in a meeting with the newly appointed Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi who presented his 100-day plan in the Presidential Palace. He directed the Finance Ministry authorities to work out a strategy which could

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Afghanistan mining revenue declines by 40%

Afghanistan generated USD 50mn in revenue during the current solar year compared with last year’s over USD 90 million, indicating a 40% decline. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Deputy Mines Minister Ahmad Durrani said the decline

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Corruption in Afghanistan is mostly caused by foreigners-Afghan journalists

Afghanistan is ranked one of the most corrupt nations yet again by the monitoring organization called Transparency International in its annual report of Corruption Perception Index. The ranking of the countries is based on data collected from the World Bank,

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Afghanistan, Somalia, N.Korea lead corruption index

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- The Berlin-based corruption watchdog, Transparency International, in its latest Corruption Perceptions Index has revealed that Afghanistan is among the three nations with the world’s highest degree of corruption as perceived by analysts and business leaders. The Transparency

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Afghanistan’s Accountants and Auditors Association Established

By Mohammad Naeem: The Afghanistan Accountants and Auditors Association (AAAA) has been established with an aim to bring transparency and accountability in the private entities in Afghanistan. This association aims to promote audit practices in the private organizations as well

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Invisibility of Invisible hand doesn’t lead to inefficiency of market economy in Afghanistan

By Najibullah Arshad It is invisible always and in everywhere not only in Afghanistan. Privatization and” Free Market” do not lead to or cause inefficiency and incompetence in Afghanistan, but mismanagement and absence(invisibility) of good governance is a hurdle in

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Afghanistan’s electronic ID card distribution to begin next month

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology announced that Afghanistan’s first electronic ID cards would be distributed in the beginning of the next Afghan calendar year (the month of Hamal). The national identity project contract was awarded to Grand Technology

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New Land Registration System to Enhance Transparency in Afghanistan

Land rights in Afghanistan are governed by overlapping and conflicting legal systems – informal systems, civil law, traditional practices, and municipal regulations. In many parts of the country, informal occupation of land brought about by conflict and displacement has further

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Transparency in Afghanistan’s national budget goes up from 21% to 59%

Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor announced Saturday that transparency in the national budget has improved by 38% (from 21% to 59%). According to The Asia Foundation, the just-released Open Budget Survey 2012 has ranked Afghanistan as the second greatest improver

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UN chief says discovery of vast mineral deposits in Afghanistan should be managed properly

(UNAMA)-Drawing attention to Afghanistan’s vast mineral resources, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a recent statement that the mineral deposits discovered in the country should be managed properly and it shouldn’t spark civil strife as feared by some. He

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Citizen Information Center Brings More Transparency and Accountability to Kabul Municipality

USAID Press Release-The Kabul Municipality inaugurated today the first Citizen Information Center (CIC) in Afghanistan.  The CIC is located within the Kabul municipal offices in downtown Kabul.  The CIC was created by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Foreigners Spend Billions in Afghanistan Without Accountability: Arghandiwal

The Afghan government has to account for every cent it spends but foreigners in Afghanistan have spent billions without any transparency or accountability, the Afghan Minister of Economy said Wednesday. Abdul Haid Arghandiwal accused foreigners for abusing as much as

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