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Promoting political reform.

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Decades of armed conflict have left their mark on Afghanistan s politics. Building up a democratic state poses new challenges for the authorities and administration. The state institutions frequently have limited human and other resources available. In addition, the population still has little confidence in state offices because cases of corruption have damaged the reputation of the Government and its representatives. Yet the Afghan state will soon be controlling its own future without international aid. The central government therefore has huge regulatory tasks to tackle in order to assume its responsibility for managing political life in the country more effectively.

Objective: Governance in Afghanistan has improved.

Approach: The Deutsche Gesellschaft fE-r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Afghan Government in implementing its National Development Strategy by administering the Open Policy Advisory Fund (OPAF) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Fund finances central government reforms to improve governance.

One advantage of the OPAF is that it can react fast and flexibly to new approaches for implementing reform. This is made possible by a lean steering structure consisting of the Deputy Ministry of Finance for the budget, a director-general of the Afghan Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission, a representative of the German Embassy in Kabul and the GIZ country director. This allows processes to be more efficient, strategies to be drawn up and training courses offered. The OPAF also serves as an interface, for instance acting as a link to other programmes within German-Afghan cooperation or to other international donors.

country :Afghanistan

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:Aug 23, 2014
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