MEC is an independent agency, and is not subject to direction from either the Afghan government or from the international community. It was created through Presidential Decree 61 (Dari original)
(English translation by MEC) after the need for an autonomous anti-corruption monitoring and evaluation body was identified at the London and Kabul conferences. Following the London Conference, (click to read London Conference Communique) the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan invited the international community to form a joint Afghan-International monitoring and evaluation committee.
MEC focuses on:
- developing anti-corruption recommendations;
- monitoring and evaluating the anti-corruption efforts of the Afghan government and the international community; and
- reporting on a regular basis to the President, Parliament, and people of Afghanistan, as well as to the international community, about the state of the fight against corruption.
The Committee consists of six senior anti-corruption experts selected through a nomination process overseen by the international community and the Afghan government. The Chairmanship of the Committee alternates between an Afghan and an international appointee every six months.
The current members of the Committee are:
Dr. Shaukat Hassan (Bangladesh/Canada)
MEC Chairman, Headed USAID's Anti-Corruption Program in Afghanistan
Mr. Mohammad Yasin Osmani (Afghanistan)
Former Director of HOO and Advisor to former President Karzai
Dr. Mark Pyman (United Kingdom)
Director of the Transparency International Defence and Security Programme
Mr. Zakem Shah (Afghanistan)
Former Minister of Commerce
Dr. Slagjana Taseva (Macedonia)
Founder and Chair of Transparency International Macedonia
Dr. Yama Torabi (Afghanistan)
Founder and Board Member of Integrity Watch Afghanistan
MEC is supported by a technical secretariat consisting of national and international staff. The Secretariat is led by an Executive Director and is divided into two major departments: (1) Research, Reporting, and Communications, and (2) Monitoring and Evaluation and Vulnerabilities to Corruption Assessments.