Afghanistan’s higher education system suffered tremendously following the Soviet occupation in 1979, and the subsequent conflicts of the 1980s and 1990s. After the Taliban regime ended in 2001, the country needed significant investment to develop its higher education sector, and access to a liberal arts education has remained limited. To address this need, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the Ministry of Higher Education, Afghan business leaders, and private donors in Afghanistan and abroad to establish the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in 2006.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been helping the Afghan government to increase children’s access to basic education since 2006. One of the ways in which USAID is helping bring education to children in remote areas is through Community-Based Education (CBE) activities implemented in partnership with UNICEF and the Afghan Ministry of Education. CBE is a proven means to reach children who are unable to attend formal schools due to insecurity, distance or other constraints.
The Regional Agricultural Development Program-North (RADP-North) is a five year sustainable agriculture development program, which works in six provinces of the Northern region (Jowzjan, Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan, Kunduz and Badakhshan) in support of US Government and GIRoA economic development objectives. RADP-North is focusing on investing in increased sustainability and profitability of selected value chains for wheat, high value crops, and livestock to provide food and economic security for rural Afghans in the targeted provinces. To achieve this, the program strengthens farmers' knowledge and skills on improved wheat, high value crop, and livestock production techniques. These activities enable farmers to better market their products to generate more income for their families. RADP-North also engages the private sector to advocate for national policy reforms that help rather than hinder growth in the sector.
The Global Partnership for Education Program is an initiative funded by multiple donors, including the United States, to help the Afghan government achieve its national Education for All goals. The Global Partnership for Education focuses on increasing and sustaining equitable access to quality education in 40 districts in 13 provinces of Afghanistan.
The USAID Afghanistan University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) supports the Ministry of Higher Education and eleven selected public universities to support the establishment of higher education programs that are relevant to the job market for Afghan students.
Last updated: October 24, 2016