Unemployment most formidable challenge after insecurity
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 34 percent of people interviewed in a survey cited insecurity as a major challenge, while 26 percent complained about unemployment, 24 percent cited corruption and the rest lack of health facilities and deteriorated education sector.
The survey has been conducted by Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) in Kabul, Herat, Bamyan, Badghis, Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Jawzjan, Parwan, Kandahar, Balkh and Kunduz provinces.
The institute had interviewed more than 1,226 people of whom 69 percent were men and the rest females above 15 years of age.
Based on the survey, 14 percent of those interviewed have said that government did not try to bring security, while 50 percent more have said the government’s efforts were not enough.
The survey shows that unemployment has been called as the second worst challenge.
Around 34 percent of those interviewed have accused the government of indifference while 49 percent more have said that government’s efforts for creating jobs have been inadequate.
Titled corruption mapping of Afghanistan the survey cites administrative graft as the third challenge to Afghan people. More than 80 percent of the interviewees have complained that government officials have created hurdles for them to get bribes.
At least 78 percent of them have stated that high-ranking officials were more involved in corruption than lower ranks. Tamim Asey, a researcher at AISS, said: “Unfortunately, administrative graft has become a norm in Afghanistan.”
He said corruption was a national security threat and if continued it could undermine the legitimacy of the government.
Ghulam Zia Ibrahimi, another researcher, said sternly fighting graft, will help rout the menace, government’s monitoring of the judicial and security organs were among the suggestions of those interviewed in the survey.
He added that developing a long-term strategy, strengthening civil society institutions and media, improving lives of civil servants and development of e-governance were other suggestions of the participants in the survey.
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