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Milestone passed and CAI looks to the future


Central Asia Institute announced that the Montana Attorney General’s Office (OAG) will no longer monitor or attend Board meetings of the charity. Three years of rigorous monitoring were agreed upon in a Settlement Agreement and Assurance of Voluntary Compliance Agreement after the organization and then-executive director Greg Mortenson came under investigation by the OAG for alleged operational and financial mismanagement. These allegations were initiated in 2011 by a CBS 60 Minutes feature and allegations from other sources.

“We hope that with the period of specific monitoring and supervisions of CAI by the Attorney General’s Office coming to a close, CAI will be able to speak less about the controversy of 2011 and more about the good work we do – and have always done – to help the communities of Central Asia,” said CAI Executive Director Jim Thaden. “We want the public to know that we’ve worked hard to resolve our issues and we’ve passed multiple tests proving our commitment to this process. We are very enthusiastic about our future, and we hope our supporters and the public will be as well.”


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Central Asia Institute empowers communities of Central Asia through literacy and education, especially for girls, promotes peace through education, and conveys the importance of these activities globally.