‘Use It or Lose It’: Budget Execution in Afghanistan

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This document examines budget execution in Afghanistan. Additional information is available at Hyperlinks to source material are highlighted in blue and underlined in the text.

As Afghanistan‟s former Minister of Finance Ashraf Ghani and colleagues wrote in a 2006 paper, oftentimes the most procedural elements of international development – from donors' methods of injecting assistance to government pay scales and procurement proceses – are among the most important in conflict-affected environments such as in Afghanistan. This report addresses another such issue: budget execution.