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Afghanistan

Public-Police Partnership Councils (AF0004)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Afghanistan Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Ministry of Interior

Support Institution(s): Local governance institutions, UNDP’s MoI & Police Development (MPD) project, Civil society organizations, international organizations, provincial councils

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Marginalized Communities, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery, Security, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: In the present situation of the country, there is growing gap and mistrust between police and the public. People have limited collaboration with police in provision of security, public order and law enforcement, owing to lack of structures that can facilitate publicpolice partnership and police accountability. In order to address this challenge, MoI has established and operationalized 23 public-police partnership councils in 23 provinces of the country, which has increased public engagement in provision of security and public order, thereby decreasing gap between police and the public. Based on the lessons learned and as requested by CSOs during consultative meetings of Open Government Partnership-Afghanistan, MoI decided to expand public-police partnership councils to remaining 11 provinces of the country and operationalize them in these provinces. The functions of these councils in the 11 provinces will be expanded to ensure that the police forces are held accountable by the councils.; What is the commitment?: Public-police partnership councils are composed of tribal elders, influential persons, youth, women, university professors, religious scholars and university students. Membership in these councils is based on an elections procedure. Public-police partnership councils collaborate with police in the following areas: prioritizing security and safety challenges at provincial and district level; police reports made available to the councils on the progress made in addressing the security and safety challenges that have been prioritized; council members report on public complaints on police corruption and misconduct to the council and police take the necessary actions and report back to the council on the progress; dispute resolution and decreasing crimes at local level; and facilitating police-initiated awareness programs for citizens. Instead, police will provide information about how its services are delivered, to these councils, and through them, to citizens and demand their collaboration; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: This commitment ensures public participation in prioritization of security and safety challenges in their localities. In addition, publicpolice partnership councils will provide appropriate, practical solutions to the security challenges and collaborate with security organs in implementing them. Also, expansion of these councils to remaining 11 provinces will enhance collaboration and joint decision making by public and police authorities. In consultation with these councils, security institutions will be able to identify timely challenges in the related areas and recover public trust in security forces through addressing them. Through this process the loop between the council and the police will be closed as the police will have to demonstrate in their progress reports and actions taken to address security challenges and complaints identified by the public through the council. The feedback received plays a critical role in identifying whether the police are taking appropriate actions or not. This in itself creates a body of documentation, which otherwise, does not exist which can be used as proof of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the police. Implementation of this commitment is expected to improve security conditions in provinces and districts, resulting in enhanced public trust in national police through ensuring public engagement in delivering police-related services.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment is related to public partnership, accountability and transparency: on one hand, the public-police partnership scheme is designed with participation of the public. On the other hand, the general public will play an effective role in identifying local security challenges and implementing solutions to them by using joint decision-making mechanism involving police and security institutions. Moreover, the police reports to the council on the necessary actions taken to address security challenges and public compliant. The minutes of the council’s session will be made available to the public via MoI website.; Additional information: The necessary budget for developing public-police partnership councils will be provided by UNDP’s MoI & Police Development (MPD) project. This commitment has relevancy with Afghanistan Peace and Development Framework as well as national priorities of MoI.


Afghanistan's Commitments

  1. Mechanism of Public Partnership in Inspection Process

    AF0001, 2017, Capacity Building

  2. Law on Processing, Publishing and Enforcing Legislative Documents

    AF0002, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  3. Courts to address Violence against Women

    AF0003, 2017, Gender

  4. Public-Police Partnership Councils

    AF0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Registering Assets of Government Officials

    AF0005, 2017, Asset Disclosure

  6. Scheme for Establishing Health Service Accreditation Entity

    AF0006, 2017, Capacity Building

  7. Urban Improvement National Policy

    AF0007, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  8. Protection Policy for Women under Conflict and Emergency Situations

    AF0008, 2017, Gender

  9. Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher Education

    AF0009, 2017, Education

  10. Plan for the Establishment of a Joint Committee Overseeing the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy

    AF0010, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  11. Strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 governmental agencies

    AF0011, 2017, Capacity Building

  12. Implementing open contracting

    AF0012, 2017, E-Government

  13. Public participation in Road Network Projects

    AF0013, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport