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Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – On August 28 and 29, 2016, Mayors from Afghanistan’s 33 provincial capital municipalities are coming together for the Second Annual National Mayors’ Conference in Kabul.  Funded by USAID through its Strong Hubs for Afghan Hope and Resilience (SHAHAR) project, the conference is the follow-on to the First Annual National Mayors’ Conference.  Afghanistan’s Independent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG) and its Deputy Ministry of Municipalities (DMM) hosted both conferences.

At the end of the First Annual Mayors’ Conference, held in December 2015, also sponsored by USAID SHAHAR, all the Mayors that attended, as well as DMM representatives, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and agreed to establish the Afghanistan National Municipalities Network as the first step toward the eventual formation of a National Union of Afghan Municipalities.  The Second Conference provided a platform to the Mayors and others to reunite and share best practices of municipal governance that will play an important role in creating the National Union.

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).

Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah joined USAID MD William Hammink and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari at the event.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:45am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah joined USAID Mission Director William Hammink and Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari at the inaugural meeting of the Promote Advisory Committee to advance women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. The Committee will provide stewardship during the implementation of USAID’s Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, referred to as Promote.

More than 100 employers came to meet 10,000 job seekers in a Mega Job Fair in Herat, June 16 - 17.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 5:45am

Herat, Afghanistan – USAID’s Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP), in partnership with nine private vocational and business training providers and the Herat Provincial government, held a two-day Mega Job Fair on June 16 - 17.  The event connected graduates of AWDP with private sector employers in fields such as construction, financial and project management, marketing, information technology, and sectors in need of youth and women personnel. 

The panel at the Renewable Energy Summit and Exhibition
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 4:30am

Kabul – Afghanistan – The Afghanistan Renewable Energy Union and the Ministry of Energy and Water held the first Afghan Renewable Energy Summit and Exhibition with an “Access to Finance” theme.  The Kabul event took place June 13 - 14, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with the Embassy of India.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 5:15am

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $13.3 million program to make it easier for private sector firms to do business in Afghanistan.

William Hammink, USAID/Afghanistan Mission Director, gives speech during the event.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 7:30am

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan June 9 -- The Honorable Ferozuddin Feroz, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health, joined William Hammink, Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan, at the launch of a new five-year USAID program to reduce Afghanistan’s high rate of death among mothers, infants and children under age five. 

Afghanistan Government and Partners sign Historic Declaration based on new study to save thousands of women and child lives
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 6:15am

KABUL, 12 May 2014 - The Government of Afghanistan today officially signed the Kabul Declaration for Maternal and Child Health, a pledge by government, United Nations agencies, civil society and donors to implement cost-effective, high-impact interventions that will save the lives of more than 35,000 children over the next five years.

The Declaration also includes a commitment to improve government accountability, through a quarterly performance review of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health using the new Call to Action scorecards.

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Last updated: August 16, 2016

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