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How the Afghan Government is Battling Corruption

To many outside Afghanistan, media reports have painted a picture of a dysfunctional government doomed to collapse because of irreconcilable rifts between the President and Chief Executive Officer. Yet the National Unity Government of Afghanistan has succeeded in implementing concrete ...

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Reforming justice: Cracking down on the pinnacle of Afghanistan’s corruption

The Attorney General’s office sits in a labyrinth of gardens and trees—an unassuming compound for the heart of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption efforts. Through the cracked window of the waiting room, roses grow up through parched, cracked soil. The red, green and ...

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A reformed economy: Afghanistan’s leap towards self-sustainability

Afghanistan has gained an international reputation as a lost cause, a country stuck in a cycle of corruption, violence and drugs. However, the Afghanistan of 2016 offers a different reality—a reality that presents a stark difference from widespread opinions held ...

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Afghanistan’s Incredible Achievement in Health

Hakeema, 35, who works as a midwife, raises the sleeve of her patient and wraps her sphygmomanometer around the arm of 25-year-old Jameela, who has come to Yakawlang District Hospital for a check-up. Jameela is five months pregnant. She walked ...

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Education—Afghanistan’s Bright Token for the Future

In a small, sunlit classroom in a public school in western Kabul, a group of 25 girls, sitting on wooden chairs and leaning on the tables, repeat lines from their Dari textbooks. Following the recitation of their teacher, the students’ ...

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Connecting Afghanistan: The rise of technology in governance and society

“In 2001, I wanted to call my brother living abroad. I went to a local public call office at 6 o’clock in the morning and had to wait four hours before I had a chance to finally make the phone ...

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Women in Afghanistan: an emerging success story

Rahima Zarifi, Director of Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, is a storyteller. Sitting in her Kabul office, an overflowing garden of roses growing outside her window, she talks about women’s progress in Afghanistan. “It’s a success ...

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Media: The Anchor of Afghanistan’s Nascent Democracy

Under the Taliban, the free media didn’t exist in Afghanistan. During this time, from 1996-2001, there were no Afghan independent journalists, no access to internet and no independent radio stations or publications. Television was illegal. Taking a photograph of any ...

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