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Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

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Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?
September 16, 2016

Corruption in Afghanistan: How to Hold Onto Lessons Learned?

By Catherine Putz
A new SIGAR report highlights what the U.S. government shouldn’t forget about fighting corruption.
In Afghanistan, Contractors Paid in Full for Incomplete Projects
March 16, 2016

In Afghanistan, Contractors Paid in Full for Incomplete Projects

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR reviewed 6 years of inspectors reports and found recurring problems in Defense Department reconstruction projects.

Measuring Afghanistan’s Education Problem
January 13, 2016

Measuring Afghanistan’s Education Problem

By Catherine Putz
An estimated 40 percent of Afghanistan’s children are not in school.

How to Waste Money in Afghanistan: Private Villas and Guards
December 04, 2015

How to Waste Money in Afghanistan: Private Villas and Guards

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR asks if anyone did a cost-benefit analysis before spending $150 million on private villas and guards.

Afghanistan’s Army to Receive More Armored Vehicles to Battle Taliban
October 05, 2015

Afghanistan’s Army to Receive More Armored Vehicles to Battle Taliban

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The ANA is to receive 55 additional Commando Select Armored Security Vehicles by February 2016.
Afghanistan’s 32-Year Refugee Crisis
September 09, 2015

Afghanistan’s 32-Year Refugee Crisis

By Catherine Putz
For three decades Afghanistan was the world’s largest producer of refugees. Millions have returned but problems remain.

In Afghanistan, SIGAR Says Attaching Strings to Aid is a Good Idea
July 30, 2015

In Afghanistan, SIGAR Says Attaching Strings to Aid is a Good Idea

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR’s latest quarterly report stresses conditionality in aid and highlights accuracy problems at USAID.
What Justice? Afghan Court Overturns Death Sentences in Farkhunda Murder
July 09, 2015

What Justice? Afghan Court Overturns Death Sentences in Farkhunda Murder

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. spent over $1 billion since 2003 on rule of law programs in Afghanistan and has little to show for it.

Afghanistan Reconstruction: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
May 06, 2015

Afghanistan Reconstruction: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

By Catherine Putz
Speaking at Weill Cornell Medical College, SIGAR likens Afghan reconstruction to diagnosing an intractable disease.

Another Damning Afghanistan Reconstruction Report
May 01, 2015

Another Damning Afghanistan Reconstruction Report

By Catherine Putz
SIGAR issued its 27th quarterly report to Congress and the news isn’t great.

Over $300 Million in US Money for Afghan Police May Be Wasted
January 13, 2015

Over $300 Million in US Money for Afghan Police May Be Wasted

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A new report finds little oversight in how the money is being spent.
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