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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:45am

Kabul, Afghanistan – U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley honored 10 Afghan women at the American Embassy on August 22 for their selection as the first of 3,000 civil service interns sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the $38 million Promote: Women in Government program.

USAID’s Women in Government program will significantly help Afghan women obtain key roles in the Afghan government, private sector and civil society and will be implemented in partnership with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and other Afghan government agencies. Ambassador McKinley recognized the women for their courage and dedication to serve Afghanistan in the civil service.

“Investing in women is important and at the center of U.S. foreign policy,” Ambassador McKinley said. “To the women here today, I want to say thank you. We know that women’s participation is essential to addressing virtually every challenge we face as individual nations and as a community of nations.” 

U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley delivers his speech during the event.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 7:30am

Minister of Education Asadullah Hanif Balkhi, U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director William Hammink and UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Dr. L.N. Balaji celebrated an innovative Community-Based Education program on Aug. 30.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 8:00am

 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will contribute $15 million to the Afghan Government to support completion of a landmark household and population survey.  Once complete, the survey will, for the first time in more than 35 years, provide Afghanistan and donors with reliable economic and demographic data, which can be used for future planning.

Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 5:15am

New Delhi, India – The Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union and the Ministry of Energy and Water hosted a two day Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit in New Delhi on August 6 and 7. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Embassy of India in Afghanistan and the Federation of India Chamber of Commerce and Industries supported the event.

Nasima Niazai, Member of Parliament from Helmand Province, giving speech.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 1:30am

Women entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan gathered Aug. 3 to exchange ideas and close business deals during the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Women in Agribusiness Networking Conference. 

More than 100 Afghan women attended the ceremony.
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 5:30am

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PROMOTE program launched the Jawana women’s leadership skills course with a ceremony at the Geology Faculty of Kabul University. 

Abdul Raziq Samadi (L), Head of DABS, and William Hammink (R), USAID Mission Director recognized the work of Ehsan Khaibar.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 2:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan - For two years, the problem at Tarakhil Power Plant baffled engineers and international consultants.  However, Afghan engineer Ehsan Khaibar figured out how to bring the plant’s master engine controls back online.  Khaibar, an electrical engineer, works at the Afghan national power utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah joined USAID MD William Hammink and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari at the event.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:45am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah joined USAID Mission Director William Hammink and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari at the inaugural meeting of the Promote Advisory Committee to advance women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. The Committee will provide stewardship during the implementation of USAID’s Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, referred to as Promote.

More than 100 employers came to meet 10,000 job seekers in a Mega Job Fair in Herat, June 16 - 17.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 5:45am

Herat, Afghanistan – USAID’s Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP), in partnership with nine private vocational and business training providers and the Herat Provincial government, held a two-day Mega Job Fair on June 16 - 17.  The event connected graduates of AWDP with private sector employers in fields such as construction, financial and project management, marketing, information technology, and sectors in need of youth and women personnel. 

The panel at the Renewable Energy Summit and Exhibition
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 4:30am

Kabul – Afghanistan – The Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union and the Ministry of Energy and Water held the first Afghan Renewable Energy Summit and Exhibition with an “Access to Finance” theme.  The Kabul event took place June 13 - 14, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Embassy of India.

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Last updated: August 27, 2015

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