Corruption and corruption related issues are widespread in Afghanistan. It undermines
the government of Afghanistan efforts toward efficient and effective state and democracy building. It is rampant, pervasive and entrenched to all areas of public sector in the country. Police agencies in Afghanistan are among the most corrupt state institutions, which generates gap and mistrust among Afghan people and the Afghan Government. This paper intends to respond to the notion corruption; particularly, this paper will focus on police corruption in Afghanistan. It has been defined as the misuse and abuse of police power and authority for personal and or group gain. Police misuse of power can take the form of various police misconducts; such as, corruption of authority, kickbacks, opportunistic thefts, police crimes and et al. that will be discussed in this paper.
What are the contributing factors that accelerate corruption among Afghanistan
National Police (ANP) and how does it impact lives of ordinary Afghans? The Government of Afghanistan deemed corruption as a serious threat to its nation and democracy building efforts; therefore, sizeable efforts had been put in place to combat corruption in the country. These efforts created the establishment of various anti-corruption commissions and combating corruption agencies. However, the Anti-corruption national and international agencies are working to reduce corruption in Afghanistan, but it is emerging with the passing of time. This paper will provide a foundation and will suggest a few recommendations that can effectively combat corruption in the police sector of Afghanistan.
Niamatullah Sharifi is a National Policy Consultant with the Policy Analysis and Legal Advisory Department at the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in Kabul, Afghanistan.