BBC Media Action, with funding from the UK's Department for International Development through the Global Grant, is working in Afghanistan to deliver a series of political debate/discussion programmes entitled Open Jirga on television and radio. Afghans reported that there have been some significant improvements over the past 10 years, particularly in terms of education, healthcare, construction projects and electricity supply. Corruption remains a serious issue within the country. This was an issue expressed by many participants. Fighting corruption is seen as a key priority. Afghans reported a preference to refer issues to their traditional elders, rather than to the government. Only if elders pass on an issue will Afghans interact with the government.
BBC Media Action. Research Summary. Exploring governance in Afghanistan. BBC Media Action, UK (2012) 2 pp.