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SIGAR: Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

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During this quarter in Afghanistan, overall security continued to deteriorate, with insurgent attacks spiking during the period leading up to the August 20 presidential and provincial council elections. Afghanistans Independent Election Commission IEC announced preliminary results in September, but allegations of widespread fraud prevented certification of the results. The Electoral Complaints Commission ECC, together with the IEC, developed and carried out an audit process to determine the extent of the fraud. On October 20, the IEC announced the results of this audit, which showed that President Karzai received 49.7 of the vote, just short of the 50 plus one needed to secure a first-round electoral victory. The IEC announced that it would conduct a runoff election on November 7 between President Karzai and the second-place finisher, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who received 30.6 of the vote. In August 2009, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released its first annual report on the implementation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy ANDS, and the U.S. Government issued a new integrated civilian-military campaign plan to stabilize Afghanistan. The ANDS report described Afghan government efforts to align budgets to ANDS priorities and establish mechanisms to monitor progress toward achieving ANDS goals. According to the report, gains across most of the ANDS pillars and sectors have been limited because of security issues and a lack of governing capacity to manage programs. The new U.S. Government Integrated Civilian-Military Campaign Plan for Support to Afghanistan identified 11 key transformative effects to improve security and governance at the community, provincial, and national levels. SIGAR has identified four major oversight concerns lack of accountability, insufficient attention to capacity building and sustainment, inadequate integration of projects, and corruption.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology

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