IT training supports the fight against corruption

Computer skills are useful as such if you are working in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and essential if your task is to handle the police staffing structure, Tashkeel. At the same time, full IT-proficiency together with inclusive databases communicating with each other, can greatly contribute to the fight against corruption inside the MoI. No wonder that the General Director of Force Management, Major General Mohammad Wasim Azimi considers the advances Tashkeel and English language training ongoing in the MoI as one of the tools in anti-corruption work.

EUPOL supported the basic combined IT and English language course of the MoI already last autumn. The project funded by the German Agency for International Development (GIZ) provides database training for the staff members of the Tashkeel Department of the MoI. Knowledge of English is essential because the system is built in English but MG Wasim, who speaks fluent English himself, is happy to support his staff also in their private lives: “English skills are needed not only at work but also in civilian life and I want my staff to manage all the situation when they are connected with foreigners here or abroad.”

The importance of computer training is self-evident for those who work at the Tashkeel Department but MG Wasim sees it as a part of the bigger picture. “We will eradicate corruption from the Afghan National Police (ANP) and the MoI. Tashkeel will play an important role in that endeavor because when all the electronic systems, the staffing structure Tashkeel, the human resources information management system AHRIMS and the electronic payroll WEPS work flawlessly together, the problem of “ghost soldiers” will disappear.” EUPOL’s MoI Reform Adviser Marcel Kolacek agrees and adds that in the near future an ANP staff member will get his/her salary only if s/he has a biometric ID and a bank account. Thus, while supporting the capacity building of the Tashkeel Department, EUPOL is, at the same time, contributing to the fight against corruption.

Forty students who accomplished the basic course in the autumn, started a 3 months advanced course on 14 February. One of the students, Sergeant Mohammad Aaron Naimi, enjoys the training although after a couple or English courses in a private educational center in Kabul, he is not a beginner in English any more. “I learn new, special words on this course. And the database training is very useful as we learn to use the latest version on Tashkeel and I can use the teaching right away in my work”, says Naimi who works as a computer operator in the MoI. He also finds the training demanding enough; at least the final examination of the basic course was not easy, Naimi recalls smilingly.

Naimi has worked for the MoI for four years after his four months basic police training in the Central Training Centre in Kabul. He feels that he has find his place in the society but aspires to go forward in his career: “I want to stay here and be a professional police officer, go to the top in the police force and serve my country.”