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An Assessment of Public Administrative Reforms in Afghanistan

Mobarez Barai
2019 Zenodo  
This is a library based historical and qualitative research which reviews public administrative reforms in Afghanistan with a focus on international donors' financial assistance and the commitment of political leadership in Afghanistan. The conclusion is withdrawn from analyzing the findings of other researches and reports published from 2006 to 2018. The findings of this paper show that despite all the obstacles, it is apparent that since 2001, the capacity of the public institutions and
more » ... titutions and ministries has significantly improved in Afghanistan. They are now far better than few years back in catering services and management of finances. The capacity at the central level has drastically improved though at provincial and district levels it remains low. The progress made during the last few years can not be neglected though most of the citizens remain dissatisfied and doubt the effectiveness of the financial aid spent on various public administrative reforms undertaken. The analysis show that preference of individual donor interests over the general interests of the country, lack of coordination, transparency, poor management and monitoring have been some of the main reasons for ineffectiveness and inefficiency in the programs and projects implemented. Moreover, high security threats in the capital, provinces and remote areas of the country add up to the slow progress of administrative reforms. The number of incidents remains high, security conditions aggravate and no improvement to stabilize the country can be observed. The billions of US dollars spent by the US and other donor nations in Afghanistan have made very nominal impact in the improvement of security, economy, social change and administrative effectiveness. The overall impact has been very low as the economy remains weak and administration ineffective. Conflicting norms and values, nepotism and favoritism, existence of traditional and modern institutions performing the same functions further hinder the process of development. Afghanistan still depends on the [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.2816579 fatcat:np6kwtrz25cvhd5gxywm7r6lqm