CoST Afghanistan conducted a one-day informative workshop for Afghan CSOs and Media on CoST issues and effectiveness of disclosure of project information. H.E Mohammad Ismael Rahimi, Deputy Ministry of Economy and Acting Chairman of CoST Multi Stakeholders Group, senior representatives of CSOs and Media attended this workshop.
The workshop aimed to engage CSOs and Media in disclosure and assurance processes and introduce CoST Afghanistan goals and main activities to CSOs and Media representatives, and identify methods on how to work together to increase transparency and accountability in publicly funded projects.
Mr. Najeebullah Yalghoz Najeeb, Legal Advisor at AJO also participated in this workshop and took active part in the open discusions. AJO believes that the Afghan Civil Society Organizations and Media play a vital role in raising public awareness, fighting corruption, restoring social justice, increasing transparency and making government entities accountable since the past 16 years and therefore involvement of the CSOs and Media ensures strengthening transparency and accountability of government.
The Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) initiative is a multi-stakeholder program aimed to improve value for money in publicly funded projects by increasing transparency and accountability. Following a recommendation from the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, through Ministry of Economy, joined CoST in October 2013.