Why you should consider donating to Afghanistan’s Environmental Protection Agency

By Erin E. McKeownJuly 18, 2018 11:50:07Afghanistan’s environmental protection agency has been accused of using political pressure and corruption to limit environmental protection work and even prevent government employees from entering its buildings to speak out against corruption.

In the first of its four major reports released in April, the World Bank’s Environmental and Development Fund highlighted the “corrosive” effect of political patronage on the agency’s performance and called for an overhaul.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been criticized for his “fearful and repressive approach” to the environment, which has led to widespread deforestation in the country, according to the report.

The report also accused the agency of “lacking a clear strategic plan” to deal with the impact of climate change.

The agency has reportedly spent more than $40 million on environmental protection projects in the past two years, including the construction of a large dam in the capital Kabul.

The World Bank says it plans to work with Ghani to establish a national climate strategy that “will address the challenges of climate resilience and protect the country’s natural resources.”

The agency also recently announced a new $3.5 billion fund for the Afghan National Oil Company (ANOC), the nation’s largest energy company.

The agency has also received criticism for not implementing new policies that could benefit Afghan communities.

According to the World Resources Institute, nearly half of the country is in poor health, and more than 60 percent of children under five are malnourished.

The bank’s annual report also highlighted the agency for “lack of transparency, accountability and integrity.”

It noted that the agency “has a history of political interference in the implementation of its policy-making process, and has not been transparent in its reporting on its environmental performance.”

The report recommended that the Afghan government create a national public-private partnership to provide “appropriate and timely” support to the agency.

The country’s government should “implement policies to better protect the environment and promote social and economic development,” the report said.

“We want to see Afghanistan’s environment and water protected, protected with good governance, and protected for future generations,” said Jafar Abdulwahab, director of the World Development Center at the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources International.