Afghanistan's Closure Order to NGOs a Crackdown on Corruption, Aid Workers Say

Afghanistan’s recent decision to order the closure of 149 local and foreign non-governmental organizations appears to be an attempt by the Afghan government to demonstrate its commitment toward addressing corruption, aid workers have noted.

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Meanwhile, the director of an umbrella network of more than 100 local and foreign NGOs, said they hope aid groups would not be used as scapegoats in this anti-corruption drive.

“NGOs have only spent about 10 percent of the foreign assistance to Afghanistan,” Laurent Sailard, head of the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief, told IRIN.

An official local NGO Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, or CHA, shared that they report “every item in our possession such as computers, furniture, cars and even mobile phone handsets to the Economy Ministry,” IRIN notes.

The group added that the ministry’s reporting process was confusing and highly bureaucratic.

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