The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Challenges and drawbacks of an inclusive government in Afghanistan

By: Hashmat Nasiri

Many officials were more engrossed in power struggles and maintaining their positions,
neglecting the fundamental tasks necessary for the country’s progress and national welfare.

The preceding government in Afghanistan endeavored to establish an inclusive administration with the objective of integrating representatives from diverse ethnicities, political factions, and social groups into the governmental framework. Although this strategy aimed to fortify unity and stability, it ultimately precipitated internal isolation, administrative corruption, security challenges, international disillusionment, and economic instability. Consequently, the government encountered significant obstacles and challenges in the execution of long-term strategies and policies. The inclusive government in Afghanistan has been largely deemed an unsuccessful experiment, plagued by numerous issues and challenges. This article succinctly addresses several adverse impacts of the inclusive government: Lack of Unity: The previous regime’s inclusive government was intended to foster unity and stability among eth nic groups such as Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, and others. However, this structure not only failed to be effectively implemented but also engendered various negative repercussions. Instead of promoting unity and consensus among ethnic groups, parties, and movements, it fostered unhealthy competition and discord. This division adversely impacted national unity and hindered the timely execution of programs and policies, exacerbating economic and social challenges for the people. Administrative Corruption: Appointments within the inclusive government were frequently based on ethnic or political affiliations rather than merit, transforming administrative corruption into a pervasive issue. Officials sought to safeguard the interests of their respective groups through the distribution of resources and positions. The prevalence of corruption eroded public trust in the government and thwarted efforts to establish a stable and effective administration. Bureaucratic Inefficiency: The formation of an inclusive government led to an unprecedented rise in bureaucracy. This bureaucratic expansion disrupted administrative stability and impeded the implementation of reforms within governmental departments. Inefficiency within the government apparatus increased, undermining the system’s legitimacy and widening the gap between the public and the government. International Disillusionment: The rampant corruption, inefficiency, and internal conflicts within the inclusive government resulted in a loss of trust and confidence from the international community. Consequently, funds allocated for the country’s reconstruction were suspended, hindering the previous government’s ability to deliver essential services and further exacerbating the challenges faced by citizens. Economic Instability and Humanitarian Crisis: Efforts to protect the interests of various groups and movements within the inclusive government led to significant challenges in governance, paving the way for economic crises and disasters. As is evident, Afghanistan’s economy, heavily reliant on international aid, faced escalating levels of poverty, unemployment, and humanitarian crises due to ineffective governance and widespread corruption. In addition, the government’s failure to deliver essential services resulted in a further erosion of public trust and support. Failure to Implement LongTerm Plans and Policies: In the inclusive government, officials often prioritized personal interests over the implementation of critical plans, programs, and policies essential for Afghanistan’s development, prosperity, and national well-being. While the inclusive government was intended to promote unity and stability among different ethnic groups and movements, the outcomes were contrary to expectations. Many officials were more engrossed in power struggles and maintaining their positions, neglecting the fundamental tasks necessary for the country’s progress and national welfare. In conclusion, the inclusive government in Afghanistan, conceived with the intention of representing all ethnic groups and movements, encountered numerous challenges due to the country’s social and political complexities. Internal conflicts, administrative corruption, inefficiency, economic and political instability, and social challenges were among the detrimental outcomes of the inclusive government. These challenges prevented the government from systematically addressing the essential needs of the country and its citizens, leading to a loss of trust and confidence both domestically and internationally

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.