NGO’s called corrupt as Afghanistan eyes law to ban them

NGO’s called corrupt as Afghanistan eyes law to ban them

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Afghanistan government officials are viewing foreign non-governmental organizations with suspicion and may bar them from the country. President Harid Karzai has labeled them corrupt, wasteful and unaccountable.”

Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief which represents 88 aid groups says the officials are confusing non-profit groups with more than 2000 private contractors operating in the country, many employed by the U.S. government. The for profit personnel are described as living in luxurious style in highly protected compounds.

The Coordinating Body claims that the overheads of its 23 largest members averaged less than 15%. This group will welcome a law that distinguishes genuine non-profits from profit-making ventures. President Karzai has set up a committee to examine a new law to regulate aid groups. In 2004 western donors pledged almost SCAB 10 billion.

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