Corruption and Social Trust in Afghanistan – By Qiamuddin Amiry

Since 2001, one of the main obstacles for good governance and development in Afghanistan has been the existence of pervasive corruption in the country…Why has Afghanistan become mired in social distrust and corruption? Do corruption and distrust, as some scholars have claimed, have cultural roots? The lack of strong and efficient institutions has harnessed a pattern of distrust among the Afghan people that was already in place, which in turn has led the country into a “social trap.” It is very difficult to get out of this trap, unless Afghanistan creates strong and trustworthy institutions to replace the presently corrupt infrastructure. 

Qiamuddin Amiry, Fletcher MALD 2011, is a first‐ year student concentrating in Development Economics and International Business Relations. He is an active member of the Fletcher Youth Initiative, and the South Asian Society, and Fletcher Futbol. Before coming to Fletcher he received a B.A. in Government from Colby College.

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