Fact Sheets

March 2008-September 2011  



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. 


Last updated: September 23, 2014