Pushing for Implementation on Beneficial Ownership Commitments in Afghanistan
6th November 2019
Afghanistan made 18 commitments at the London 2016 Summit, five of which concerned beneficial ownership transparency. Advocating for the fulfillment of these pledges has enabled Integrity Watch Afghanistan to expand its work on beneficial ownership transparency beyond the extractives sector.
As stated by Integrity Watch Afghanistan (TI’s partner in Afghanistan): “Without the advocacy support the scope of our work would have been smaller… We’ve advocated for beneficial ownership transparency in the extractive sector but now we are also advocating for it to apply to all sectors. We might have continued pursuing beneficial ownership through the EITI but not across the board…. Thanks to the support from the project we are the driving force behind the draft regulation on beneficial ownership.
“After the London Summit there was a lot of support at the political level but at a technical level things were not moving. We convened the different departments to help them go forward on this and contributed to drafting the regulation but there was a roadblock because of a lack of support in one ministry, but we keep pushing again and again and we intend to make progress on legislation.”
Integrity Watch has realised that an active, honest and long term role by the donor community to support anti-corruption initiatives and specifically around London summit commitments could be useful. Furthermore, it is important that anti-corruption commitments are continuously supported by the political leadership and translated into action by the bureaucracy.
§ Supporting civil society in expanding their advocacy work can easily enable cross-pollination into other similar areas of work that can catalyse critical impact.
§ Identifying the crucial actors and their different roles, such as political leaders who could be ‘champions of change’ or bureaucrats that enact the reforms is important to create more targeted streams of advocacy work.
 This quote is taken from an interview done as part of the independent evaluation of the project conducted in May 2019.