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USAID spends more than USD 2bn annually in Afghanistan

United States Agency for International Development has spent billions of dollars in various sectors of Afghanistan since the past decade. The agency is currently financing hundreds of major infra projects in the country. Alex Thier, USAID assistant administrator to Pakistan

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LEGALIZE BRIBE GIVING

Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Index (CPI) ranks Afghanistan the third most corrupt country after North Korea and Somalia. Last week when President Hamid Karzai was in the United State for the NATO Summit in Chicago, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him

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Two Afghan government officials sentenced to prison for embezzlement

Paktika’s revenue officer and agriculture director, alleged for embezzlement in government funds, are awarded six and seven year imprisonment respectively. According to the chief of the urban court Khan Zaman Yaqubi’s verdict, the agriculture director with convenience of revenue officer

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Karzai blames the US for making corruption worse in Afghanistan

President Karzai, in his interview with CBS news, accused the United States for fostering corruption in managing and awarding huge contracts to Afghan businesses. The president, however, did admit the scandal within his government. Meanwhile, Afghan experts blame the government,

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Kabul Bank unable to recover the debts

According to the Kabul Bank Receivership Department’s officials, the bank’s existing properties are not sufficient to compensate for the lost money that was embezzled. Given the high prices of the properties, no one is willing to purchase the properties. The

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Kabul Bank new CEO not cooperating with investigation

The CEO of the new Kabul Bank, Masoud Khan Mosa Ghazi, is alleged by Kabul Bank’s Special Tribunal’s Director for not cooperating with the investigation of Kabul Bank’s scandal. Director Shamur Rahman Shams said he had sent a delegation to

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Corruption- Afghanistan's major obstacle to economic development

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) regard the recent decree of President Karzai on combating corruption as a necessary measure in particular for the economic growth of the nation. Azarsh Hafizi, Director of International Relationships at ACCI, corruption is

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Corruption- Afghanistan’s major obstacle to economic development

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) regard the recent decree of President Karzai on combating corruption as a necessary measure in particular for the economic growth of the nation. Azarsh Hafizi, Director of International Relationships at ACCI, corruption is

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Corruption Charges against the President of AISA Proved Baseless

The board of investigators at Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) said that the corruption charges made against the President of the Agency are void. Waheedullah Ghazikhail, spokesperson to the Ministry of Commerce and a member of the investigation board, said

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Afghanistan’s finance minister denies corruption claims

The business affairs of Afghanistan’s finance minister Hazarat Omar Zakhilwal, are under investigation, after accusations were aired on ToloTV on Thursday that he had stashed away more than $1 million in overseas banks. Mr. Zakhilwal has denied the claims in

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Afghanistan's finance minister denies corruption claims

The business affairs of Afghanistan’s finance minister Hazarat Omar Zakhilwal, are under investigation, after accusations were aired on ToloTV on Thursday that he had stashed away more than $1 million in overseas banks. Mr. Zakhilwal has denied the claims in

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Investigation on Former Head of Pashtanay Bank was non-transparent and unjust

After Hayatullah Dayani, the former head of Pashtanay Bank, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement and corruption, his defense lawyer argued that the trial was not fair. Khalid Ahmad Dayani, brother and deputy attorney to Hayatullah Dayani,

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Corruption and Embezzlement- Afghanistan and International Community’s Major Concern

Afghan government has requested the international donors to provide them the list of prominent officials with whom they have signed highly profitable contracts. This request comes amid serious efforts that the Afghan government must make to curb corruption—the international community’s

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Zabul Residents Protest in Kabul

Some residents of Zabul province in protest against the existence of corruption, land confiscation and the slow process of reconstruction in Zabul protested in Kabul before the National Assembly on Wednesday. The protestors criticized the lack of attention from the

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Strong Will for fighting corruption does not exist in political offices- Ludin

High Office for Oversight and Anti-Corruption says that political offices in Afghan government lack a strong will for combating corruption. President of the High Office for Oversight and Anti-Corruption Dr. Azizullah Ludin called the release of two Attorney Generals who

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Foreign Institutions’ Method of Aid Expenditure will be monitored: Usmani

Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee say that from now on international community’s aid that is spent through foreign institutions will be seriously monitored. This is the first time ever that the Committee is taking a serious action on

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More aid is pledged, but it will not solve Afghanistan’s many problems

AFGHAN officials returned from a conference in Tokyo on July 8th relieved that the world had promised another $16 billion in aid over the next four years. The sum corresponds roughly to what the nation’s leaders and the World Bank

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AISA Officials Resign over Corruption

Six high ranking officials at Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) resigned due to endemic corruption in the organization. Rohullah Ahmadzai, Investment Promotion Director   Baryalai Malyar, Industrial Parks Promotion Director   Mohammad Omar Joya, Research and Policymaking Director  Ghulam Rabbani Mansori, Licensing

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Afghan Political Analysts on Corruption and its affect on Foreign Aid

Political Analysts have expressed their deep concerns about the pervasive corruption in the country that may lead to loss of foreign aid. At the second international conference held in Tokyo for the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the overthrow of the

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UN Sacks LOTFA Officials over Mismanagement of Funds

The United Nations fired three officials running its $1.4 billion Afghanistan police trust fund as the first step in what is expected to be a broader shake-up at the programme currently facing an internal investigation of mismanagement, according to UN

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Corruption and Insecurity Cause Factories to Shutdown in Herat

130 factories are shut down in the industrial city of Herat due to bureaucratic processing through the government , lack of electricity, water and security. According to Hamidullah Khadim, Head of Industries Union, 180 factories are actively working in Herat

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Past Decade of Development Has Not Helped Higher Education: Minister Obaid

Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education said Wednesday that he was concerned the successes in the country’s development over the past decade had not transferred to the higher education sector. Low quality education and inadequate resources still plague Afghanistan’s institutions, Higher

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13 govt officials held on fraud charges

The Attorney General Office (AGO) has detained 13 employees of the Ministry of Finance and Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on charges of embezzling 25 millions afs. The employees, including three directors, were arrested on Saturday morning in Kabul,

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Afghanistan acts to curb flight of capital

Afghanistan has taken new steps to combat rampant capital flight after the central bank found that the amount of dollars flown out of Kabul doubled to $4.6bn last year. Afghan officials believe many of the brick-sized stacks of $100 bills

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Afghanistan corruption ‘could see UK cut off security funds’

Britain could withdraw funding for Afghanistan’s security forces if the Afghan government fails to tackle the country’s huge corruption problems, the outgoing British ambassador to Kabul has warned in a valedictory interview with the Guardian. When foreign combat troops leave

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