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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:45am

Kabul, Afghanistan – A national summit of Afghan businesswomen has been launched in Kabul with support from USAID’s Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) project, in close cooperation of the Office of the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The summit brought together more than 150 women-owned or managed Afghan businesses, government officials, interest groups, and industry leaders from throughout the country to examine challenges facing businesswomen. Convened at the Kabul Star Hotel, the summit provided a forum to identify areas of reform that will assist women-owned businesses in access to finance, markets, and increased revenues. The summit encouraged participants to share individual examples of issues they face, and work together to create practical and constructive plans that will help them grow.

“USAID is proud to support the National Business Women’s Summit—a unique representation of diverse businesses from across the country”, said Susan DeCamp, Director of USAID’s Gender Office.

New Women’s Dormitory Launched at American University of Afghanistan
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

A new dormitory, designed to house 200 female students, was inaugurated today by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass, USAID Assistant to the Administrator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Gregory Huger, and American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) Registrar Dr. Julie Barker Holland. Constructed with support from USAID’s Promote Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment program, the new facility is designed to increase female attendance at AUAF by providing a safe and secure living and learning environment.

USAID Supports Value Chains in Western Region of Afghanistan
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:30pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched the Promoting Value Chains–West project on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The project promotes inclusive growth and job creation in the agricultural sector by strengthening the capabilities of producers and private enterprises to effectively link Afghan farmers to domestic and international markets.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

On January 4th, President Ashraf Ghani attended an inauguration ceremony in Kabul, officially launching the extension of the national power grid to Ghazni. This represents a significant milestone in the development of Afghanistan’s electrical infrastructure, marking both the first time Ghazni residents have had direct access to imported electricity, and extending the reach of the national grid.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 3:30pm

Policies to support Afghan women who work in government were reviewed at a conference held today in Kabul. Over 150 officials, representing 36 ministries and independent agencies of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, discussed gains in the implementation of policy reforms aimed at removing barriers to women in the government workplace.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:15pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Afghanistan released the implementation results of a two-year food fortification project in Afghanistan. The document, released during a stakeholders’ workshop, highlights the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned during the life of the project.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

One of the most difficult challenges for female farmers and women operating agriculture-related businesses in Afghanistan is access to credit. In addition, many women often do not understand how credit can help support the growth and expansion of their businesses.

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Students at Herat University have three new degree options to choose from including a Master’s program in Business Administration, an Associate program in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Technology thanks to the Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

U.S., Afghan Governments Launch Program to Give Students Access to Learning Materials
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:00pm

U.S. Embassy Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Chief Executive of Afghanistan, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, launched the Second Textbook Printing and Distribution Project. The project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program for the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE). USAID will provide $75 million to the MoE to print and distribute 135 million approved textbooks and teacher’s guides for grades 1-12 to all public schools in Afghanistan.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 3:00pm

Today sees the first group of young female entrepreneurs graduate from Startup Valley, Afghanistan’s first private business incubator. Operated by AGHAEZ Professional Services and supported by USAID: Promote Women in the Economy (WIE), Startup Valley encourages the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, especially female university graduates. Out of over 150 applications, and 30 selected candidates, these 17 young women completed the incubation program and are now taking their business concepts to market.

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Last updated: January 04, 2018

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