Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the US Reconstruction Program in Afghanistan



New report issued by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in USA highlights risks to projects of systemic corruption

14 September 2016 – Washington, DC, USA – The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) has announced the publication of a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Corruption in Conflict: Lessons from the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan is the first in a series of reports imparting lessons learned from the 15-year, $115 billion Afghanistan reconstruction effort.


The report examines how the U.S. government—primarily the Departments of Defense, State, Treasury, and Justice, and the U.S. Agency for International Development—understood the risks of corruption in Afghanistan, how the U.S. response to corruption evolved, and the effectiveness of that response. The report identifies lessons to inform U.S. policies and actions at the onset of and throughout a contingency operation and makes recommendations for both legislative and executive branch action.

Analysis revealed that corruption substantially undermined the U.S. mission in Afghanistan from the very beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. They found that corruption cut across all aspects of the reconstruction effort, jeopardizing progress made in security, rule of law, governance, and economic growth. The report concludes that failure to effectively address the problem means U.S. reconstruction programs, at best, will continue to be subverted by systemic corruption and, at worst, will fail.

To read entire report, go to https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/lessonslearned/SIGAR-16-58-LL.pdf

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms in the United States. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest are intended to achieve a more effective, accountable, open and ethical federal government.  Information at http://www.pogo.org/index.html

Source: Project On Government Oversight