WASHINGTON - A United Nations program on Wednesday cited progress in modernizing payroll systems for Afghanistan's police, pushing back against questions about UN oversight that were raised by a US audit.
Afghanistan's police are in large part funded by international donors to improve security in the war-torn country that cannot afford to pay its own cops.
The foreign donors have paid some $1.5 billion into a trust fund for Afghan police salaries that is administered by the UN Development Program; about one-third of this money was donated by the United States. Some $1.26 billion of the fund has been disbursed to the Afghans.
But the US audit on Monday said lax record-keeping meant Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior did not know how many people actually work for the Afghan national police, creating a risk that the foreign donations used to pay them were being abused.