The Afghani people are facing the challenge of making a democratic
transfer of power. Despite rainy weather and threats of violence by the Taliban,
more than 7 million Afghans, including women and many young people, voted in
polling centers across Afghanistan on April 5.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is an IGO that
seeks to connect countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help
people build a better life. The UNDP program is seeking to support the transfer
of power by helping the Afghans hold elections that are legitimate.
The April 5th election is a success - in part -
by the UNDP as one of its major goals is a project called ELECT II. ELECT II is
seeking to help Afghans find solutions to global and national development
challenges and to support national electoral institutions and to conduct
ELECT II has a budget of US$ 338,157,793 funded by Australia,
Canada, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of
Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the
For the first time in Afghanistan's history Afghans voters
facilitated the transfer of power from one democratically elected government to
another in solid repudiation of the militant Taliban in the conflict-ridden
What does a successful democracy in Afghanistan
mean for the rest of the world?
Is this collective IGO effort in Afghanistan
worth the millions being spent?