Afghanistan’s higher education system suffered tremendously following the Soviet occupation in 1979 and the subsequent wars and civil conflicts of the 1980s and 1990s. Even with the return of representative government and greater stability, higher education in Afghanistan has seen a lack of investment and development. To address this need, the United States Government—through USAID—joined the Ministry of Higher Education, Afghan business leaders, and private donors in Afghanistan and abroad to establish the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).
The Kandahar Helmand Power Project (KHPP) promotes the growth, reliability and sustainability of Afghanistan’s Southern Electric Power System (SEPS). The project contributes to U.S. government civilian-military cooperation on counterinsurgency, and helps the Afghan Government address a 20-25 megawatt (MW) electricity shortfall in Kandahar City, which is Afghanistan’s second largest city and is a center for education, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation in Southern Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP) provides architecture and engineering (A&E) services to support the USAID/Afghanistan Office of Economic Growth and Infrastructure (OEGI). Activities under AESP complement the activities and expertise of USAID’s staff. The AESP team provides resident A&E services and capacity building for local national employees, Afghan ministries, and USAID staff in several sectors: energy, transportation, water and sanitation, vertical structures, field/technical services, and communication.
The Trade and Accession Facilitation for Afghanistan (TAFA) project generates economic growth, trade, and investment by improving conditions for international trade and transit. The project helps the Afghan Government and the private sector capitalize on regional and global trade linkages and boosts trade through assistance in trade policy liberalization, customs reform and trade facilitation.
Last updated: December 18, 2014