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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Exporters of high-value Afghan food products will showcase their goods for international buyers this week at the Gulfood Exhibition, the world’s largest food and beverage trade show.

Over 50 Afghan businesses are attending the five-day exhibition in Dubai from February 17 to 21 to meet prospective buyers, with over half of them displaying Afghanistan’s finest fruits, saffron, nuts, spices, vegetables and juices. Last year, Afghan businesses inked over $30 million in signed and potential deals for Afghan agricultural products.

“Gulfood has had a dramatic effect on our ability to generate overseas sales,” said Bilal Ahmad, president of King Khan Ltd., a Kandahar-based fruit exporter. “Because of Gulfood we’ve been able to export 2,000 metric tons in horticultural products,” he added, referring to King Khan’s past participation.

Women Graduate from USAID's Civil Service Internship Program in Balkh
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 8:30am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project, hosted a graduation ceremony to recognize 132 female interns who completed the project’s year-long internship program in Balkh province. The internship program equips women with the knowledge and skills to join the Afghan civil service. This set of graduates received a government-issued certificate that is equivalent to one year of work experience—making graduates eligible for government jobs.

Women Graduate from USAID's Civil Service Internship Program in Kabul
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 11:30am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project hosted a graduation ceremony to recognize 300 female interns who completed the projects’ year-long internship program. USAID Promote’s internship programs equip qualified Afghan women with the knowledge and experience to join the Afghan civil service.

Afghanistan Launches National Referral Mechanism and Online Database to Combat Human Trafficking
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 5:30pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched Afghanistan’s National Referral Mechanism and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Online Database in Kabul to strengthen counter trafficking protection measures of the Government of Afghanistan.

Women Meet to Launch Advocacy Campaign for Women in the Peace Process
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 5:00pm

More than 75 women members of Provincial Peace Councils (PPCs) met in Kabul today to plot a strategy to advocate for the interests of women in the peace process. Over 120 Promote Musharikat “Women in Peace” Coalition activists and influential religious leaders joined the conversation to review how women will be linked and consulted in the process, to assess PPC members’ negotiation and collaboration skills, and to plan how to most effectively advocate for women’s interests. After a two-day working session, the participants presented their national campaign plan to senior stakeholders at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC).

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.

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Last updated: February 19, 2019

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