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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 6:15am

Kabul, AFGHANISTAN – senior officials from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national power utility, signed a contract with an international consulting firm on Sunday, August 31, as part of a nationwide Power Transmission Expansion and Connectivity (PTEC) Program financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The project is designed to improve power distribution in throughout southern Kandahar province.

The 4-year, $27.5 million Kandahar Management Support contract will be managed by Dubai-headquartered Power Generation Solutions and will help DABS increase revenue collections by improving the company’s billing systems through the installation of tamper-proof digital meters in both homes and businesses.

“The long-term plan is for DABS to provide Afghanistan with power from less expensive sources and for users to pay for it. USAID has helped DABS to acquire the technology, training, and the capacity needed to give reliable and affordable electricity to the people of Afghanistan,” said James Hope, Acting USAID Mission Director.

USAID contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to displaced families from Northern Waziristan res
Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 6:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency For International Development (USAID) contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to 15,000 displaced families from Northern Waziristan residing in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.

USAID continues to work with the United Nations World Food Programme and our local and provincial partners to distributes emergency food assistance through the Afghanistan Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations.

Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan shakes hands with Reid Lohr, Manager of US
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 4:30am

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A new $92 million project to improve Afghan higher-education administration and academic standards launched on Aug. 13, officials in Kabul said on Tuesday.

Representatives from the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the Ministry of Economy and   United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor FHI 360 signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) project, during an August 13 signing ceremony in the Afghan capital.  

USAID Deputy Mission Director James Hope presents a letter of appreciation to Anisa Rasooli, Head of the Afghan Women Judges Ass
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan | - Afghan judges and court administrators joined representatives  from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to celebrate the achievements of the USAID-funded Rule of Law Stabilization-Formal Program during a ceremony at the Supreme Court yesterday. This program trained more than 1,500 judges and court administrators in all 34 Afghan provinces and provided support for the newly established Afghan Women Judges Association.

Acting USAID Mission Director Carolyn "Teddy" Bryan awards a diploma for a new Master's degree graduate
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 7:00am

Kabul, Afghanistan | - Ten women and eight men received advanced diplomas in Public Policy and Administration from Kabul University on Wednesday to become the first graduates of a national leader development program financed by the United States.

“The graduation of these 18 students is a major achievement for Afghan public administration,” said Obaidullah Obaid, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education in graduation ceremony comments.

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 2:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghan police working with American agents arrested an Afghan man on charges of stealing more than a half million dollars from an agricultural development fund supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The money was insured, and there was no actual loss of U.S. taxpayer funds.

USAID recently contributed $30 million to provide food to vulnerable Afghans
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Today, the United States will contribute an additional $30 million to help the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) provide food and nutrition assistance to 3.7 million food-insecure Afghans.

The contribution by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is part of an ongoing international effort to improve food security and nutrition for Afghans, particularly natural-disaster victims, the internally displaced and those living in chronic poverty.

(L-R) USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Larry Sampler, Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakh
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan | The officials from the Afghan Power Utility company Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkaat (DABS) signed five contracts with the total value of $151.2 million at the Ministry of Finance today. Those contracts include the construction of a high voltage transmission line between Arghandi and Ghazni, construction of two substations in Sayadabad and Ghazni, construction oversight, technical support to improve DABS financial and corporate management, and the installation of software to enable DABS to better manage their operations.

USAID Mission Director William Hammink (R) among with other officials attended this event in Kabul.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 1:00am

Kabul, Afghanistan | The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $105 million to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) to date. Established in 2010, the AITF is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the Asian Development Bank to coordinate donor assistance for infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.  The U.S. Government is one of the largest contributors to the AITF, with $417.6 million planned for energy infrastructure.

India delegation at the second India-Afghanistan innovation fair in Mazar city.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:15am

Balkh, Afghanistan – Representatives of dozens of regional businesses and assistance groups met on Tuesday at an India-Afghanistan trade fair in the northern Afghan Province of Balkh.

More than 600 participants attended the exhibition, where 24 Indian and 25 Afghan companies and individual developers showcased innovations.

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Last updated: September 29, 2014

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