By: Lailuma Noori
International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.
The theme for 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day is ‘’United Against Corruption” to support and raise awareness for counter corruption in the world. It also focuses on corruption as one of the biggest obstacles to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The abuse of entrusted power for private gain can cost people their freedom, health, life and future. Corruption affects every country, region and community. No one is immune to this crime. But everyone can take part in the fight against corruption.
A new generation of change-makers needs to place accountability and integrity at the center of global leadership across business, politics, media and civil society. Mobilizing and empowering youth for justice is key for ensuring sustainable solutions to combatting corruption.
Corruption is an international phenomenon which people in all countries of the world are facing with, but based on its evidence, countries facing with poverty are more suffering from corruption that can affect economic development and distracts budgets need to be spent in education, health and other sectors.
Corruption includes various acts such as bribe and embezzlement. Government or political corruption occurs when a government official or employee makes use of official capacities for personal benefits. Moreover, Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.
In Afghanistan, National Unity Government (UNG) has considered corruption as a big threat to development of the country and pledged to the people and international community that the government is seriously committed to rooting out corruption in the country as particular steps have been taken towards fighting corruption in the country.
Moreover, corruption has negative impact on security and economic situation as well as has key role in strengthening and supporting terrorism. Integrity Watch admits that Afghanistan government has started efforts for counter corruption in the country.
Leaders of national unity government has always stressed on serious political determinant for rooting out corruption in the country. To root out corruption in Afghanistan, causes of domestic crisis in particular perpetrators of corruption should be identified and after that continued effort should be made to counter all irregularities and crisis with close support of the people and implementation of rule of law in the country. In the meantime, as representatives of the people, media and civil society organization can play vital role in prevention of corruption and helping in fighting the phenomenon in the country. The government should also let the people know about transparency and information related to the anti-corruption effort in the country.