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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 5:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) program, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, organized the “Empowering Afghan Women through Access to Markets and Financial Services” at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on July 26, 2016.  The event recognized successful Afghan women entrepreneurs, representing thousands of others from across the country, who have benefited from improved access-to-finance, business-to-business, and internship opportunities facilitated by USAID’s FAIDA program.

Since its inception in 2011, FAIDA has provided more than $56 million in private sector loans to over 5,500 businesses, including $3.2 million to almost 1,800 female-owned or operated businesses.  These loans have benefitted over 75,000 Afghan families by helping to create nearly 6,000 new jobs, of which about 1,800 are for women.

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 10:15am

The World Trade Organization (WTO) formally adopted Afghanistan’s terms of accession into the renowned multilateral trading organization at the WTO's 10th Ministerial Conference on December 17 in Nairobi, Kenya. Afghanistan will have until June 2016 to ratify the deal and formally become WTO’s 164th Member, joining a global trading organization that accounts for about 95 percent of the world’s commerce.

The mayors of Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities at the event.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 1:15am

 At the conclusion of a two-day national conference sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR) program on December 7 and 8, 2015, the mayors of Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities took a giant step forward in their effort to professionalize and strengthen the capacity of municipal government in Afghanistan. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 3:15am

To commemorate the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign and International Human Rights Day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a partnership to strengthen the health sector’s ability to identify and treat survivors of gender-based violence in Afghanistan.

Agriculture director of Balkh Province Kateb Shams explains the importance of Afghan women in agriculture during the conference.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 5:30am

Afghan government officials, joined by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognized the importance of women in the agriculture sector during a two-day conference. The purpose of the conference was to explore means to strengthen women’s contributions in each stage of value-added processes – from the farm to market and ultimately to consumer.

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley, honors 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 3:45am

The United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley and the Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Ahmad Zia Sayed Khaili, recognized 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises that successfully completed investment partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program.

USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith and Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Assadullah Zamir signed an agreement.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 7:15am

 The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Assadullah Zamir and the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Herbie Smith, agreed today to continue collaboration supporting activities that will help  improve food economic security for rural Afghans.

Broke ground ceremony of a new women's dormitory at the American University of Afghanistan.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 7:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan | Oct. 28 Afghanistan CEO, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Ambassador Michael Raynor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator, Larry Sampler, Mission Director, Herbie Smith, and American University of Afghanistan President Mark English participated today in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new women’s dormitory at the American University of Afghanistan.

Aimal Marjan, Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technology, is talking about the importance of mobile banking.
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 6:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – Following a directive from President Ashraf Ghani, high-level representatives from the Ministries of Commerce and Industries, Communication and Information Technology, Finance, Education, Justice, Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled, and the Governor of the Central Bank today held an “Electronic Money Summit” sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID provided equipments to the Ministery of Higher Education.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:00am

 United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley, on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American people, presented the Ministry of Higher Education with $275,000 worth of equipment that will support the Ministry’s reform agenda for the national public university entry exam, known as the Kankor.

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