The Multi-Input Area Development Global Development Alliance (MIAD GDA) is a partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and USAID to improve the quality of life of citizens of Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province. The project seeks to link the public and private sectors to promote long-term social and economic development. USAID and Aga Khan are making matching contributions of $30.5 million each to the five-year, $61 million project.
MIAD GDA contains two broad components:
- Social development activities in health, education, agriculture, economic growth and sub-national governance. This includes improving healthcare infrastructure, providing training on health knowledge and practices, increasing access to safe drinking water, providing training and resources to provincial and district education departments and teacher training colleges (TTCs), training farmers on cultivating fodder crops, and providing kitchen gardens for poor women. These activities have reached more than 10,000 beneficiaries as of September 2014.
- Strategic investments to fund the social development activities over the long term. For example, MIAD is developing a project to invest in a Kabul-based almond processing facility.
- Conducted over 30 public health promotion trainings for community and government groups in Ishkashim district.
- Helped three sub-TTCs, seven reference schools and six district education departments develop annual plans incorporating current national government guidance and regulations.
- Supported 13 farmer field schools in nine districts, benefitting over 360 local male and female farmers and engaging farmers in a “learning by doing” approach that encourages them to test new agricultural technologies on their land.
- Established a seasonal agriculture research farm at the Baharak Agriculture Institute (BAI).
- Trained 90 men and 45 women attending BAI in cultivation methods to improve vegetable yields.
- Established a Women’s Resource Center in Baharak district to provide training and technical support to women interested in embroidery, weaving, and handicraft production.
- Enrolled 1,195 men and 571 women in newly launched English and Information Technology courses at Badakhshan University in Faizabad, the TTC in Ishkashim and the TTC in Darwaz (Nusai).They are expected to graduate late summer 2015.
- Began construction of a $1.5 million almond processing plant in Kabul that will source products primarily from northern Afghanistan. The plant will sort, grade, and pack almonds for export, employing 20 Afghans and export a projected 100 tons of almonds sourced from 2,000 small farms in the first year of operation, reaching 850 tons by its sixth year. The plant is expected to begin operation in 2015.
Last updated: February 02, 2015