Humanitarian, development, and oversight organizations in Afghanistan are finding it progressively more difficult to access development and reconstruction project sites in many areas of the country due to deteriorating security conditions. As a result of the volatile security environment in Afghanistan and other conflict areas, humanitarian and development organizations are increasingly turning to remote management and monitoring approaches in order to continue providing assistance while safeguarding the security of their personnel. Remote management poses particular challenges to conducting effective project monitoring and oversight, ensuring program effectiveness and accountability, and mitigating against fraud and corruption.
For these reasons, in 2014 the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) partnered to present an international symposium on “Monitoring and Management in Insecure Environments: Applying Best Practices to Afghanistan.” The objective was to engage the U.S. agencies, international donor community, and think tanks involved in development and reconstruction work in Afghanistan in a focused discussion to identify and discuss past and current best practices, techniques and technologies, as well as limitations and challenges, of sustaining effective management and monitoring in insecure environments.
The symposium report is located here: 2014 USIP-SIGAR Symposium Report