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Infrastructure Sector Transparency Initiative-Afghanistan

The Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) initiative is a multi-stakeholder program. The aim of CoST is to improve value for money which is spent on publicly funded infrastructure projects by increasing transparency and accountability in the delivery of construction projects. Basically, the main purpose of the CoST involves in disclosing contract and project information into the public domain. The CoST initiative consists of disclosure process that requires procurement entities to disclose the related project and contract information, including scope, purpose, costs and implementation of public infrastructure projects. The procuring entities ensure that the information is accessible and open to the public domain. Ensuring transparency and accountability in publicly funded infrastructure projects maximize a wider benefits and value for money for the government. It can significantly assist in preventing wastes, corruption, mismanagement and increase fairness in contract completion. Following a recommendation from the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan joined in October 2013 the CoST initiative. As a result, a Multi-Stakeholder Working Group (MSWG) was formed to lead the development of an implementation plan and establish a National Secretariat and Multi-Stakeholder Group. Currently the MSG has 12 members (4 Government entities, 4 civil society organizations and 4 private sectors companies) which are as follows:

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Progress in worldwide

Validated data on 175 projects
2 road contracts cancelled and retendered in Malawi
Bechtel, Strabag and Skanska are CoST supporters
Raised awareness of issue through media and civil society
Working in 16 countries
US$8 m saved on 2 projects
4 countries establish FDR
Guatemala disclose data on +3,500 projects
4 countries use enhanced e-procurement portals

Achievements

COST Afghanistan Achievements figures:

8

Assured Projects

4

Disclosure projects information

0

Reports

12

Stakeholders

$ 100000

Value of Assured Projects

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October 17, 2017
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Government, Private Sector and Civil Society