On Wednesday July 26, 2017, APPRO presented the findings from a baseline assessment conducted as part of the Citizens’ Forum Against Corruption (CFAC) initiative, a partnership between Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) and Transparent Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA). The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the role of civil society and its organizations in protecting citizens from extortion and a much needed dialogue between civil society and state authorities on how to combat corruption. There was strong sentiment among participants to develop specific action points based on the recommendations of the report on how to go about addressing corruption in tax assessment, payment, and collection processes.Participants agreed to meet on a regular basis to work through some or all of the recommendations from the research and identify actions by civil society and its organizations.
CFAC was established in late 2015 to build on the momentum to fight corruption in Afghanistan through a civil society driven initiative. The primary focus of CFAC is the systematic corruption in tax assessment, payment, and collection processes involving NGOs, the private sector, and the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance in Kabul and its line departments in Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, and Kandahar. As such, CFAC is set up to act as a forum through which civil society organizations, businesses, international donors, and ordinary citizens could protect themselves on legal grounds against extortion.