Dr Saeed Parto said in this interview in 2013 that corruption had become “very systematized and institutionalized” in Afghanistan. He stated that years of conflict had resulted in the emergence of powerful informal institutions such as corruption to fill the void created by the demise of formal and accountable institutions. “Corruption is a feature of pretty much everything you do in Afghanistan (…) and donors have a major role to play in not contributing to it,” he said.

To help combat corruption, Dr Parto suggested donors strengthen their monitoring and evaluation programs. “Monitoring is not happening the way it can. Despite the conflict and lack of security, it can happen more often and more systematically,” he said. He also said that civil society organizations and private sector actors were unhappy about corruption and willing to make a stance against it but not without political support and protection.

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