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Project : Afghanistan Country Programme - TP 1: Governance, Democracy and Human Rights

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01-01-2015 - 31-12-2018
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Thematic Programme 1 (TP1) supports the Afghan state to fulfil its obligations as a duty bearer and enhances the ability of rights holders to voice their needs and use their capacities. TP1 complements the other thematic programmes on Education and on Growth and Employment, by enhancing the Afghan state’s capacities for accountability, transparency, inclusion and non-discrimination. TP1 builds on Denmark’s experience of governance in Afghanistan, streamlined and focused on key areas such as anti-corruption that have the highest probability of impact in the current context. For TP1, there are three central trends of interest. First, improved systems and procedures within the GIRoA are increasingly targeting corrupt practices and misuse of funds. Afghanistan has recently undergone a PFM and Accountability Assessment in accordance with the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) approach. Overall, the assessment is positive. To a large extent, Afghan and international participants in the ARTF Public Financial Management Reform Programme II (PFMR II) can take credit for the improvements. Nevertheless, Afghanistan remains one of the most corrupt countries in the world, ranking 166th out of 168 countries appearing in front of Somalia and North Korea in Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perception Index. This highlights the continued need to focus on combating misuse of funds and corrupt practices. Pressure on PFM systems is expected to increase as more donor funding goes on-budget. There is thus a continued need to focus on financial management, as well as improving performance through public sector reform. Second, sub-national governance remains a challenge in Afghanistan, but with pockets of positive developments. There is a need to enhance the degree of service delivery at local level, in particular in rural areas where access to services is limited. Improved sub-national governance will enhance the legitimacy of the GIRoA. However, there


- Limited access to information, resulting in simplifications. - Increased security threats and worsening of the security situation in the country. - Lack of core-funding resulting in decreased transparency and concerns over financial sustainability.

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