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USAID and the Afghan Government Promote Anti-Harassment
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

The U.S. government’s Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) observed the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence yesterday at an event hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

Feasibility Study for Khush Tepa Irrigation Canal Ceremony Held
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 10:00am

The Office of the President hosted a ceremony to celebrate the launch of a feasibility study of the Khush Tepa Irrigation Canal in Kunduz, Jawzjan, and Balkh provinces. Upon completion, the proposed irrigation scheme will impact more than 60,000 households; with a 200 kilometer irrigation canal and a cultivated catchment area of 500,000 hectares. Afghan government officials, including President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durrani, Acting Minister of Finance Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Gul Khulmi; deputy ministers and advisors attended the ceremony.

The Asia Foundation Launches the 2018 Survey of the Afghan People
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 3:30pm

The Asia Foundation – Afghanistan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the 14th annual Survey of the Afghan People (SAP). First launched in 2004, the Survey gathered the opinions of more than 100,000 Afghans across the country on elections, corruption, security, women’s rights, service delivery, the economy, migration, and peace and reconciliation. It is the broadest and longest-running nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions.

USAID Helps Afghan Women Enter the Financial Sector
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

One hundred and two young Afghan women graduated today from USAID’s Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) Microfinance Institute Training (MFI) program. The women are part of the program’s second apprenticeship session, which now includes 177 graduates. Implemented by the Afghanistan Microfinance Association (AMA), the program equips women with technical and managerial skills needed to secure jobs in the banking and microfinance sectors.

USAID and The Asia Foundation Celebrate Achievements of 712 Promote Female Undergraduate Scholars
Monday, November 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation, in conjunction with the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education, celebrated the academic achievements of the 712 undergraduate Promote women scholars. During a reception at the Ministry of Higher Education, 130 of the 712 female scholars from across Afghanistan were recognized for their hard work and academic success. Through the Promote Scholarship Program, USAID and The Asia Foundation develop women leaders who, as change agents, will serve to contribute to an environment that fosters the empowerment of women in Afghanistan.

Kandahar University Graduates First Master of Public Health Program Students and Inaugurates New Online Resource Center
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

Fifteen students from Kandahar University graduated with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree. Two women were part of the first cohort of MPH graduates. Kandahar University created the MPH program with financial assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) and technical expertise provided by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

Finest Afghan Agriculture Exports to be Showcased at “WorldFood Kazakhstan” Trade Show
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 4:00pm

Twelve Afghan agribusinesses will display the finest fresh and dried fruits, nuts, juices, and vegetables at a high-profile trade event in Almaty, Kazakhstan from October 31 to November 2. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will support the 12 agribusinesses. "WorldFood Kazakhstan" will provide an opportunity for buyers to connect with Afghan sellers and explore business relationships in the lucrative Central Asian market. More than 5,000 regional buyers are expected at the event. The Central Asian market is strategically important for Afghan agribusinesses. Earlier this year, the Afghan government announced its hopes of increasing air cargo shipments to 10 metric tons weekly through the Afghanistan-Kazakhstan air corridor. Kazakhstan imported $2.1 million in agricultural goods from Afghanistan in 2017.

USAID Recognizes Advocacy Champions for Women’s Empowerment
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 5:00pm

Ten champions of women’s empowerment in Afghanistan received awards today from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project. The ten included five from the public sector and five representing the private sector from among 150 nominations. The awardees work for or with the Government of Afghanistan in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, and Nangarhar to promote gender equality.

Balkh University Designated as Financially Autonomous
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 3:00pm

The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) designated Balkh University as financially autonomous for the first time in the history of the university. Balkh University is now authorized to benefit from the financial autonomy bylaw that allows designated public universities to generate and manage revenue from its professional and academic services. The university will also be able to use the generated revenues from professional and academic services for the expansion and development of the university and its educational programs, including research and innovation.

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Last updated: December 12, 2018

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