Briefing | April 25, 2016

SMAF and the Extractive Industries in Afghanistan

In October the Afghan government and its donors will meet in Brussels to agree future support for the country and to revise the framework of mutual accountability which sets out the commitments of each side on policy and development issues. 

Mining is key to hopes for Afghan development, and abuses in the sector mean that the sector is contributing more to conflict and corruption, and threatens to fuel a chronic resource-driven conflict. At the last major funders conference in December 2014, the government committed to “putting in place the strongest possible available measures, based on international best practice, to counter the threat of conflict and corruption around the extractive industries.” 

But there has been too little action since then to put that commitment into practice. This briefing note, produced jointly with Integrity Watch Afghanistan, sets out the key issues for policy makers to consider at the Brussels conference, including a clear set of actions which governments could include in the outcomes of the meeting.   

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