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Democracy and Governance

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Our Work

USAID builds trust between citizens and government, paving the way for a more peaceful, prosperous, and self-reliant Afghanistan. We support good governance, rule of law, anti-corruption, credible and transparent elections, and a vibrant civil society and independent media. Promoting peace and reconciliation, as well as women’s civic and political engagement, is essential to our shared success.

 

Major Highlight

USAID has helped to establish an open and robust civil society and media sector by advocating for legal and regulatory reforms, and providing civil society organizations and government representatives with training on effective oversight. Over the last two decades, the number of media outlets has grown from zero to 464 and the number of nongovernmental organizations has expanded to 1,550.

 

Supporting Electoral Processes

USAID works with the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan and the Electoral Complaints Commission to ensure regular, accurate, and consistent public outreach before, during, and after elections. Working together with the Government of Afghanistan, USAID has helped improve election administration and transparency over the past two decades. During the 2019 presidential election, USAID helped facilitate the government’s management of over 10 million ballots and worked with the Independent Election Commission to ensure polling stations were fully-staffed. Strengthening electoral management and transparency is crucial to Afghanistan’s long-term stability and building Afghan’s confidence in their government.

 

Rule of Law

USAID is helping to strengthen the rule of law by building the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Justice. USAID has helped nearly 4,000 judges, including 568 female judges, and court staff improve their knowledge of law. We have also helped nearly 8,000 Afghans, including 2,439 females, learn about their fundamental legal rights as citizens, drawing from both Islamic and Afghan legal doctrine.

 

Reducing Corruption

Strengthening the rule of law in Afghanistan and reducing corruption have been hampered by inconsistent application of existing rules and regulations. USAID is working to strengthen the rule of law by improving access to justice, increasing the efficiency and integrity of the formal justice system, and developing more robust court systems and procedures, including in both the formal and informal justice sectors. Our support is making a lasting difference, helping judges, lawyers, and tribal leaders protect the rights of all Afghans, including women, and giving citizens resources to hold their government accountable.

 

Last updated: August 19, 2021

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