The Multi-Input Area Development Global Development Alliance (MIAD GDA) represents an innovative partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and USAID to improve the quality of life of citizens of Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province by linking the public and private sectors to support long-term social and economic development. The MIAD GDA involves matching contributions from the AKDN and USAID. MIAD will be realized through the mobilization of private investments in profitable businesses, which will create jobs, stimulate economic growth and generate income for social development over the long-term. Returns from these investments will sustain local social development activities in Badakhshan well beyond the life of the MIAD GDA.
There are two, broad components within the MIAD GDA including:
- Social development: activities in health, education, agriculture, economic growth and sub-national governance.
- Developing strategic investments to fund the social development activities over the long term.
The strategic investments component provides an opportunity to realize financial returns on investments in Afghanistan and in the broader Central Asia region.
- Preliminary meetings held with relevant stakeholders were held in Washington, D.C., Kabul, and Faizabad, including a Pre-Inception Workshop held in Badakhshan with AKF-Afghanistan staff.
- Post-Award Conference between AKDN implementing partners and USAID held.
- Solicitations for the research and learning agenda planning phase of the program issued and competitively selected, with efforts to finalize a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) strategy under way.
- An Inception Workshop held in Kabul; it produced a detailed Year 1 Program Plan that was finalized in July 2013, after receiving feedback from USAID and other members of the program's Alliance Steering Committee (ASC).
- The ASC held its inaugural meeting in Kabul in June 2013, to determine its advisory roles and responsibilities throughout program implementation.
Last updated: January 28, 2014