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US still lacks anti-graft strategy in Afghanistan

US still lacks anti-graft strategy in Afghanistan

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Sep 11, 2013 - 21:58

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): After spending 12 years and nearly id="mce_marker"00 billion in rebuilding Afghanistaninfo-icon, the US still lacks a “comprehensive anti-corruption strategy” for its reconstructioninfo-icon activities, a US government watchdog said on Wednesday.

In its report the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said the State Department never finalised a 2010 anti-corruption strategy, and the draft strategy and its implementation plan are no longer in effect.

Furthermore, the State Department and its embassy in Kabul are unable to assess the progress in developing the Afghan government’s capacity to combat corruption, but have cited corruption as a severe roadblock to creating a stable Afghanistan, the report says.

“Without a comprehensive strategy and a supporting implementation plan, it is difficult to adequately account for the US funds and resources needed to implement anti-corruption programs and activities or demonstrate measurable progress US agencies have made in reducing corruption in Afghanistan,” SIGAR said.

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