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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.

USAID/Afghanistan's Health and Nutrition Office Director, Karla Fossand, delivering remarks via video.
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 5:30am

The Afghan Midwives Association (AMA) held its 11th annual congress to discuss ways to improve maternal and newborn health. This year’s theme was “Midwives for a Better tomorrow,” highlighting the contribution of midwifery to improving health outcomes in Afghanistan.

Twenty female football players left Afghanistan on Sept. 14 for a nine-day trip to Hiroshima, Japan.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 5:30am

Twenty female football players left Afghanistan on Sept. 14 for a nine-day trip to Hiroshima, Japan. The women are members of the Afghanistan Women's Football team and will participate in the Hiroshima Leadership and Communication Training Program.

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley honored 10 Afghan women at the American Embassy on August 22.
Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:45am

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley honored 10 Afghan women at the American Embassy on August 22 for their selection as the first of 3,000 civil service interns sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the $38 million Promote: Women in Government program.

U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley delivers his speech during the event.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 7:30am

Minister of Education Asadullah Hanif Balkhi, U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director William Hammink and UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Dr. L.N. Balaji celebrated an innovative Community-Based Education program on Aug. 30.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 8:00am

 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will contribute $15 million to the Afghan Government to support completion of a landmark household and population survey.  Once complete, the survey will, for the first time in more than 35 years, provide Afghanistan and donors with reliable economic and demographic data, which can be used for future planning.

Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 5:15am

New Delhi, India – The Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union and the Ministry of Energy and Water hosted a two day Afghanistan-India Renewable Energy Summit in New Delhi on August 6 and 7. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Embassy of India in Afghanistan and the Federation of India Chamber of Commerce and Industries supported the event.

Nasima Niazai, Member of Parliament from Helmand Province, giving speech.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 1:30am

Women entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan gathered Aug. 3 to exchange ideas and close business deals during the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Women in Agribusiness Networking Conference. 

More than 100 Afghan women attended the ceremony.
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 5:30am

 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PROMOTE program launched the Jawana women’s leadership skills course with a ceremony at the Geology Faculty of Kabul University. 

Abdul Raziq Samadi (L), Head of DABS, and William Hammink (R), USAID Mission Director recognized the work of Ehsan Khaibar.
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 2:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan - For two years, the problem at Tarakhil Power Plant baffled engineers and international consultants.  However, Afghan engineer Ehsan Khaibar figured out how to bring the plant’s master engine controls back online.  Khaibar, an electrical engineer, works at the Afghan national power utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS).

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Last updated: March 08, 2016

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