In view of the wide-spread corruption and lack of transparency and accountability in the government, and private sector; we decided to establish a coalition against corruption at a large meeting held on 25 February 2012 in Kabul. Following this meeting, the coalition was formally launched on 29 March 2012 in Kabul. AFCAC registered with Ministry of Economy in as an independent legal entity in November 2013. AFCAC aims to foster positive change and contribute to a more comprehensive, coherent and inclusive fight against corruption in Afghanistan. AFCAC strives to foster national dialogue, mobilize civil society for anti-corruption campaigns, and promote partnership building
among anti corruption stakeholders in order to influence national level policies aimed at creating a new Afghanistan that has the needs and priorities of the population at heart.
Afghans Coordination Against Corruption – AFCAC is a national Nongovernmental Organization of Afghanistan. At ground level AFCAC enjoys the support and respect of local population of the provinces where it intervenes and has always worked for the rights and benefits of the local community and especially for the youth, Women, and community at large and other vulnerable segments. Afghans Coordination Against Corruption – AFCAC has the required infrastructure necessary to implement the project according to its full potential and have the managers with appropriate experience and skills necessary required for this project. It also coordinates and creates linkages, wherever required, with any national and local NGOs to implement the project in true sense. AFCAC has the advantage of current existence and working project in the area, we have developed coordination between various stakeholders in the area. The mission statement of the organization includes “A strong, committed and coordinated coalition of all non-state actors advocating democratic governance, accountability and transparency in all spheres of governmental and non-governmental activity”.
Since its formation AFCAC has received funding from organization such as Management System International (MSI), Counterpart International (CPI), USAID, Democracy International, CHECCHI, Afghan civil society and others to the tune of USD 500,000 and more in the last four years or so.
AFCAC is governed by a Board of Directors (BoD), comprising of nine members. The BoD, headed by a chairman, sets the strategic directions, policies and guidelines. The Deputy Directors provides all administrative support. AFCAC convenes general assembly on annual basis. The BOD ensures that AFCAC’ work is carried out according to its vision, mission and strategic plan.
AFCAC focus and experience area is diversified. AFCAC is in a well position to utilize its existing recourses for the proposed project. There are number of project based consultancy assignments that are been filed from our existing HR database during the project implementation phase. We have internal financial management controls and capacity to monitor and oversee a project of this magnitude and our project execution teams are well equipped and orientated with the geographical area of intervention. Our presence in the area of intervention is also intensive.
As learning organization, AFCAC believes on generative approach, which revolves around the aspirations, interests, needs and realities of its every participant, and enable them for positive social contribution, as lifelong learners. In this sense, it revitalize their sense of belonging with SELF, society/country and the world at large in order to help them to generate partnerships as leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs.
The organization, AFCAC is well-established and resourced in the area of improving of governance and working for the elimination of corruption from the Afghan society. AFCAC strives for the rule of law and elimination of corruption that AFCAC believes leads to other such societal problems such as terrorism, law and order situation and extremism. The AFCAC is a non-profit organization with no political allegiance. The organization has strong portfolio of existing and past projects for RULE OF LAW to fight against Corruption through research, advocacy and policy initiatives. With its existing portfolio of working with the government department on the issues such as rule of law, human rights Corruption and governance and a network of organizations striving and trained under the umbrella the organization is well suited and equipped to carry out the activities as outlined in this project.
Afghans Coordination Against Corruption (AFCAC) being a community based organization itself, always strives to involve the people that the project is meant for at each level of its project execution, from beneficiary selection to project actual implementation and then monitoring and post project sustainability. It’s a community participative project and Afghans Coordination against Corruption (AFCAC) like any of its activity that it has carried out in past would mobilize the community and would encourage community participation as eventually the project is the property of the community at large.
AFCAC aims to foster positive change and contribute to a more comprehensive, coherent and inclusive fight against corruption in Afghanistan. AFCAC promotes national dialogue, mobilize civil society for anti-corruption campaigns, and promote partnership building among anti corruption stakeholders in order to influence national level policies aimed at creating a new Afghanistan that has the needs and priorities of the population at heart.
The overall strategic goal of “AFCAC” is to combat corruption in Afghanistan – without discrimination or confrontation – by empowering and energizing civil society organizations, parliament and the media to act, with due regard to Afghan Justice Standards and Procedures.
“AFCAC envisions a transparent, accountable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan based on social justice and the rule of law.”
“A strong, committed and coordinated coalition of all non-state actors advocating democratic governance, accountability and transparency in all spheres of governmental and non-governmental activity”
LEGAL STATUS OF AFCAC
AFCAC has been registered in the Ministry of Economy under the registration number -3060.
AFCAC Key Expertise’:
- Capacity Building
- Public Awareness
- Provision of free Consultation & Legal aid
- Community Mobilization
In addition it is important to mention that AFCAC is certified by AICS – Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society in the following areas:
- Project Management
- Program Delivery
- Financial Management
- Internal Governance and Strategic Planning
- External Relations
- Communication and Outreach &
- Human Resources
1 The following organizations will be eligible for organizational membership:
An authority, (as defined in the local Afghan laws and United Nations Convention against Corruption, articles 6 and 36)  e.g. bureau, agency, commission, unit, office, etc, organized by the government in a country or a jurisdictional area and established for:
Prevention practices and policies;
The pre-investigations, investigations, or prosecutions against corruption.
2 An application for membership by an individual or other Organization/authority which in the opinion of the Executive Committee conforms to the description in Article 2.1 may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
3 Admission to membership will be made by the Executive Committee. An application may be refused if the admission to membership of the applicant would be inconsistent with, or otherwise detrimental to, the objectives of the Organization. The procedure for such applications and the criteria on which the decisions of the Executive Committee are based are set out in the protocol at Annex 1. This decision will be conclusive.
4 The Executive Committee has also the authority to consider applications from national and international organizations which have recognized standing in the fight against corruption. The representatives of such organizations can participate as observers.
3.1 An application by a person who has abundant experience in research or practice of anti-corruption for individual membership may be granted by the Executive director
2 The application will be in writing addressed to the executive director and will contain sufficient information to determine the qualification for membership of the applicant.
3 An application for individual membership may be refused if in the opinion of the Executive Committee, on referral of the matter to it by the executive director, the admission to membership of the applicant would be inconsistent with or otherwise detrimental to the achievement of the objectives of the Organization. This decision will be conclusive.
4.1 On the recommendation of the Executive Committee, the General Meeting may elect as an honorary member of the Organization any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Organization’s work and who in the opinion of the General Meeting deserves such distinction.
2 Honorary members are elected for life and will have the same rights, privileges and obligations as individual members, but will not be required to pay annual membership dues.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
5.1 The General Meeting may recommend amounts payable as dues by organizational members for the following calendar year. The Executive Committee will, having regard to any such recommendation, determine the dues payable by each organizational member after considering such proposals and information as may be submitted to it by the Secretary-General. Before submitting his/her proposals, the Chairman will consult as may be necessary with each organizational member and will take into consideration the circumstances relating to each organizational member and all other factors which he/she considers relevant to an equitable assessment of dues.
- 2 Individual members will pay annual membership dues of such amount in such manner and at such time as will be determined by the Executive Committee, subject to confirmation by the General Meeting.
- 3 The Executive Committee may in exceptional circumstances (i) waive in whole or in part the dues payable by an organizational member and (ii) reduce the dues payable by individual members when the circumstances, in its opinion, so warrant.
- 4 Annual membership dues will be utilized for the purposes of the Organization in accordance with Article 11.8.
CESSATION AND SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP
6.1 A member may resign at any time by giving notice in writing to the Secretary-General. Resignation will not discharge a member from liability for the payment of annual dues which had become payable prior to the date of resignation.
- 2 The Executive Committee may recommend to the General Meeting that membership be suspended or expelled.
- 2.1 In the case of an authority, suspension or expulsion may be recommended only if the member state has abolished the authority, or undermined operational independence so as to make the authority ineffective.
- 2.2 In the case of an individual member, suspension or expulsion may be recommended if he or she has been found guilty of a crime by a court of law or of a significant violation of administrative standards by a duly constituted administrative authority.
- 2.3 In extraordinary circumstances, suspension or expulsion may be recommended when continuation of his/her or the authorities’ active participation in the activities of the Organization or of his/her membership is deemed detrimental to the Organization.
- 2.4 The procedure for suspension or expulsion is set out in the protocol at Annex 2.
- 3 The Executive Committee may suspend the membership of or expel an organizational member which is six months in arrears in payment of annual dues, or after a second formal notice, and may reinstate the member to full membership on payment of the arrears.
- 4 The Chairman may suspend the membership of or expel an individual member who is two years in arrears in payment of annual dues and may reinstate the member to full membership on payment of the arrears.
- 5 The Chairman will promptly notify the member concerned of any recommendation, suspension or expulsion under paragraphs 2, 3 or 4 of this Article.
6.6 An appeal against a decision to recommend suspension or expulsion pursuant to paragraph 6.2 above may be made to the General Meeting by written notice to the Secretary-General.