During my masters in India, I did an internship at the right to information commission. I was going through files and saw one about a woman who had had little education but had sent questions through the right to information act.
She asked the district magistrate, which is the highest level of bureaucracy in the district, to provide her with information. She said that when she went to their office all the bureaucrats were running after her trying to explain and show her the information she’d requested. She felt very empowered by this and that’s where I was inspired. So when I got the chance to work with Integrity Watch Afghanistan, I didn’t even think twice about it.
In our context transparency is very critical, because a lot of the decisions are made in dark rooms where no information is shared with the people. Corruption levels are among the highest in the world. But it isn’t possible to hold people to account without fighting for transparency and getting the right information.