Anti-Corruption Campaign & Police Community Meeting in Balkh

the Social Development & Better Future for Afghanistan Organisation (SDBFAO) started an anti-corruption campaign in Balkh
valueless bank notes that show anti-corruption messages are now disseminated in Balkh province – for three months. The notes shall be used against corruptive behaviour in protest to bribery in return for services that are supposed to be free. Ambition: encouraging discussions about corruption amongst public officials and Afghan citizens. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s project for the promotion of the rule of law (RoL) funds this activity.

Many Afghans confirm that they will use these bills for “payment” when asked for bribe money. Corruption has devastating effects on many levels: political, economic and societal. Quite often, corruptive acts remain unpunished. Thus, corruption is a crucial problem in Afghanistan that needs to be addressed. In a while, the campaign will also feature anti-corruption messages via graffiti arts on prominent walls in Mazar-e Sharif. Graffiti arts are a rather new phenomenon to transmit messages.

In addition, the Afghan-German Cooperation’s project for the promotion of the rule of law (RoL) supported today’s community-policing meeting in Mazar-e Sharif that was attended by 500 people. Every months, attendants have the opportunity to share security concerns with the police – first hand on district level. That includes provincial and religious authorities, local elders, lawyers, civil society actors, university representatives and many more. These meetings strongly contribute to improving trust between citizens and local police authorities.

Enhanced trust in police authorities can also support the fight against corruption: citizens are more likely to report corruptive activities if they trust police forces.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Afghan-German Cooperation has been working together with the Afghan government to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan. The civil society component of the programme especially focuses on strengthening the linkage between civil society actors and the Afghan Government as well as on capacity building for civil society actors. Relevant legal topics are addressed through the supported civil society organisations.