Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.
“Please pay your taxes for improved city services,” is the latest message to the citizens of Kabul, posted on newly constructed billboards and in thousands of fliers and posters. The campaign, designed through a partnership between the Kabul Municipality and USAID explains how paying taxes improves municipal service delivery.
In August 2011, the Taliban launched an attack on the provincial governor‟s compound in the provincial capital of Charikar in Parwan Province, killing 14 people and injuring 30 others. The incident was reported around the world. Dozens of people had gone to the compound to collect their national identification cards resulting in the large number of civilians trapped in the attack.
Haqju, the head of Bamyan’s Cooperatives Office, part of the Directorate of Agriculture, spends much of his time promoting the merits of cooperatives—benefits such as training, help with the construction of insulated “cool storage” facilities, access to farm equipment, and better seeds and fertilizers.
Working with the local government, USAID, and its implementing partner, Central Asia Development Group, undertook the renovation of specific schools across Farah City.
Since 2010, USAID has contributed nearly 100,000 metric tons to World Food Programme’s operations, providing vital food assistance to vulnerable Afghans across the country.
Located close to the city of Hirat, Injil District has little money to maintain and upgrade vital infrastructure. Roads and canals across the district were in deplorable condition. During the harsh wet winter season, roads washed out, making them impassable, and canals overflowed their banks. Farming is the primary source of income for the Injil residents, but the deplorable condition of the roads made it difficult to travel the relatively short distance to Hirat City.
Most people living in big cities in Afghanistan buy traditional bread on a daily basis that is freshly made by local bakeries. In Hirat, many bakeries still make dough by hand in an unhygienic manner, leading to poor and inconsistent quality. Using dough mixer machines produces a more consistent product thereby improving quality, and reducing contamination resulting from mixing dough by hand. It also facilitates an increase in daily production by improving efficiency.
Farkhar is a remote district of Takhar Province that only recently has been connected to the rest of the province with the help of a newly built road. Education and employment opportunities for women are scarce.
By some estimates, Afghanistan has enough wind potential to meet one-third of the country’s future energy needs. Most of these wind resources are in the west and north, but certain well-known wind corridors are located closer to the capital in Parwan and Kabul provinces.
Last updated: January 12, 2015