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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supported 15 young entrepreneurs who graduated from a 4-month long training program provided by the Founder Institute, one of the world’s premier startup business accelerators. With local chapters or representations across over 180 cities including Kabul, the Founder Institute provides startups with the critical support network and structured processes needed to build an enduring company.

“Women’s economic empowerment is a priority of the U.S. government. Research shows that economic growth is accelerated and more sustainable when women are included. USAID is seeing tangible and positive results from our programs supporting Afghan women,” said Susan DeCamp, Director of USAID’s Gender Office.

USAID Launches Young Innovators in Agriculture Competition
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

All around the world, farmers lose money because of produce lost during harvest season, which also results in less food on the market. At the same time, as youth increasingly move to cities, fewer youth are interested and involved in the agricultural sector. In Afghanistan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports the participation of young men and women, especially agriculture students, to become involved in the agricultural sector and to harness the ingenuity that youth bring to addressing the problems facing the agricultural sector and constraints for its growth in Afghanistan.

U.S. Embassy Hosts ‘Youth and Peace’ Roundtable for 120 Young Afghan Leaders
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 2:30pm

The Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy Karen Decker hosted more than 120 Afghan youth leaders for an open forum to discuss the priorities of youth in the peace process. Young leaders from government, civil society, private sector, and universities attended the day-long dialogue convened by USAID. Participants took part in roundtable discussions with peers focused on leveraging opportunities to participate in the national dialogue on peace and ways to involve youth from Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

USAID and the Afghan Women’s Career Development Center Are Helping Women Find Jobs
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

Afghanistan’s Civil Service Institute’s (ACSI) Women’s Career Development Center has the equipment and information system it needs to help women who are seeking employment. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided computers, small office equipment and a management information system to the center so that it is fully functional and able to continue supporting job applicants on its own and without donor support.

Afghan Government and USAID Recognize Women Interns in Kandahar
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 3:45pm

Sixty women graduates received government-issued certificates recognizing their year-long training and work experience through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) internship program. USAID’s internship program equips women with the knowledge and skills to qualify for jobs with the Afghan civil service.

Celebrating 17 Years of Turning Minefields into Vineyards
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

Representatives from the U.S. government, the Afghan government, and the international community commemorated Landmine Awareness Day. Deputy Minister Mohammed Qaseem Haidari and Heidi Kuhn, the CEO of Roots of Peace, planted a tree to symbolize the turning of mined agricultural land into land that is now producing high value crops. The tree will represent the shared hope of the Afghan and American people, as well as the international community for the removal of all explosive remnants of war from the fertile soils of Afghanistan and turning these lands back into the agricultural lands that will help create a peaceful and profitable future for Afghanistan.

USAID Hosts a Women’s Empowerment Event
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 3:30pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) held a women’s empowerment event today for graduates of the Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) Jawana and Royesh programs. Senior Afghan government officials, leaders in the private sector, and civil society representatives attended the event, which highlighted the achievements of the WLD graduates and strengthened their support network as future leaders in Afghanistan.

Commemorate World Tuberculosis Day 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 1:30pm

Today, the Government of Afghanistan and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) along with health development partners, commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day to mobilize political and social commitment towards eliminating TB.

USAID Supports Women’s Trade Fair in Mazar-e-Sharif
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 3:30pm

The second USAID Forward Together: Women in Business regional trade fair ended this week in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province. The three-day event (March 21-23) coincided with this year’s observance of Nowruz. USAID supports these annual regional trade shows to showcase products and services of Afghan women-owned companies or companies that employ substantial numbers of Afghan women.

Afghan and Indian Health Organizations Expanding Quality Healthcare in Afghanistan
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 4:30pm

Three Indian health organizations signed contracts with an Afghan health company at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to expand the provision of quality healthcare in Afghanistan. The contracts, with an estimated value of $6.5 million, aim to establish a fully equipped diagnostic center, an advanced dialysis center, and a manufacturing plant for the production of pharmaceuticals in Kabul. This builds on the initial talks in the USAID sponsored Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show in 2018.

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