*** UPDATE: This Event was cancelled ***
Joint UNU-MERIT/School of Governance Seminar: “Foreign Aid and Corruption”
Corruption has been high on the list of priorities for the Government of Afghanistan and its international donors since reconstruction began in 2001. Thus far, national and international efforts to curb corruption have been designed to clean up, rationalize and restructure key state institutions and administrative processes. To date little or no attempt has been made to deal with the more difficult aspect of corruption: the willingness of the general public and international donor organizations to acquiesce to and thus help perpetuate the corrupt practices of state actors.
This presentation by Prof. Saeed Parto draws on a number of research projects conducted by APPRO revolving around various manifestations of corruption and ongoing challenges in fighting corruption in Afghanistan over the last decade. It argues that a change in the norms underlying institutionalized corruption requires measures ranging from procedural adjustments (short-term) to increased oversight and enforcement (medium-term) to value-based behavioral change among the government officials, foreign aid providers, and the general public through awareness raising, education, and a system of incentives and disincentives (long-term). The presentation concludes with a series of recommendations on ways forward and the role of research in future efforts to tackle corruption.
Saeed Parto holds a doctorate in Economic Geography from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and specializes in policy and institutional analysis. His academic and consultancy work has centred on analysing policy and institutions of governance in a wide array of areas including capacity building through development aid programmes, regional integration, environmental policy , technological transitions and industrial greening. He has been a Lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University since 2003. He is a co-founder and Director of Research at the Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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