12 NOVEMBER 2012 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
Maryam Ghamgosar, a journalist from Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan, is increasingly focused on writing about the economic opportunities opening up in her country. It wasn’t always this way. “I wasn’t able to write articles on economics, trade agreements, or contracts that Afghanistan signed with international companies for its mineral resources,” she says.
The Haitian Government is determined to improve the quality and scope of public services, but it faces a critical problem —lack of revenue. At 9 percent, Haiti’s rate of tax receipts as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the lowest in the world. However, a recent USAID-piloted tax mobilization program in the city of Saint Marc has proven that it is possible to raise local revenues to pay for quality local services.
Building on that success, USAID expanded its work to the densely populated urban municipality of Carrefour in 2011. Working with the Groupe de Recherche et d'Interventions en Developpement et en Education (GRIDE), a Haitian nonprofit organization of public policy experts, USAID sparked a significant jump in Carrefour’s municipal revenue — taxes collected increased by 481 percent, from $309,000 in 2011 to $1.8 million in 2012.
6 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Each year hundreds of Afghan women are widowed because of the conflict. Without the income of male relatives they and their children often face a bleak future.
4 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
2 NOVEMBER 2011 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
Serving sweet candies with tea in social gatherings or in other occasions is a common practice in Afghanistan. These colorful delights are usually imported from other countries despite the potential to produce them locally. However, some firms, like the Shadmehr Candy Production Company in Mazar-i Sharif, have started producing candies locally.
1 NOVEMBER 2012 | HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
During a recent “Youth and Municipality” seminar in Herat’s Mahjooba Herawi Girls High School students listened attentively as Herat’s Revenue Manager, Provincial Environment Director and Administration Director discussed municipal budget and GIRoA’s approach to environmental issues. Following the presentations, Administration Director Abdul Ahmad Khan opened the floor to questions.
30 OCTOBER 2012 | SAR-E-PUL, AFGHANISTAN
Sayid Hamrah fled Pesta Mazar Village, Sar-e-Pul Province to Iran from the Taliban. “They killed my brother in-law and looted my harvest including 700 kg of wheat and barley,” said Hamrah.
29 OCTOBER 2012 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s first advanced search-and-rescue team (SART) went into service in Badakhshan recently. The team was trained and equipped under USAID OFDA’s Disaster Risk Reduction project.
The SART consists of 24 volunteers, including 10 women, from Badakshan-a province highly vulnerable to natural disaster, including earthquakes, landslides, floods, and other hazards.
24 OCTOBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Wakeels are unpaid elected community-level representatives who act as liaisons between constituents and the municipal office, in Kandahar City. They promote the interests and needs of their communities and function as community advocates.
Last updated: January 06, 2014