Strengthening Ministry of Interior finance and administration
ASI is currently supporting two important Rule of Law institutions to transfer from British government financial systems to Afghan government systems. We have recently supported staff at all levels in the Counter Narcotics Police (CNPA) to formulate their budget and have built capacity of staff to manage Afghan government finance and administrative systems. The approval of the budget is an important step for the sustainability of the CNP as it doesn't anticipate any UK government financial support. We are now working towards isolating the CN budget from other elements of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) giving them greater financial control and credibility as an institution.
The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) consists of three institutions - the Ministry of Interior, Supreme Court and the Attorney General's Office - and has been established to improve the effectiveness of the prosecution of counter narcotics criminals. It is funded externally by the British Government and finances are currently administered by an external contactor. We are supporting the FCO to transfer the CJTF onto the Afghan core development budget. The bulk of this work is building capacity of staff so that, when the external contractor steps back and the CJTF moves to an Afghan budget, they are able to manage their own finance and administration operations.
Finally, our team is building capacity within the Private Office of the Deputy Minister for Counter Narcotics of the MOI. The aim of this work is to establish the basic administrative systems that will support the work of the Deputy Minister.