Afghanistan’s Constitution clearly states that men and women are equal in the eyes of the law. However, violations of women’s rights are widespread, and many Afghan women do not know how to use the formal justice system to protect their rights. To provide women – as well as men and children – with a better understanding of gender equality, women’s rights, and the legal system, USAID launched a public awareness campaign in Nangarhar and Baghlan provinces in spring 2009.
Afghanistan’s farmers frequently lack access to the agricultural supplies and equipment they need to grow bountiful crops and raise healthy livestock. To provide these goods at an affordable price, USAID established a network of privately owned AgDepot rural farm stores that operate under the Durukshan Association through local Afghan entrepreneurs.
Good governance is possible when citizens and elected officials have the opportunity to discuss local needs and government services on a regular basis. In a country like Afghanistan, poor roads, insufficient communications infrastructure, and security concerns hinder both direct and indirect exchanges. Bridging this gap in communications is essential to providing security and public services, as well as building trust between the government and its constituents.
Tolo TV’s Dream and Achieve (Fikr wa Talash) has awakened Afghanistan’s entrepreneurial spirit. In a country where new business development is essential for continued economic growth, this popular television show is helping entrepreneurs improve their businesses while educating viewers about the importance of the private sector.
Until recently, it was not possible to earn a business degree in Afghanistan. However, the country’s economic development is dependent upon well-educated young people to open new businesses and manage existing firms. Business and entrepreneurship education programs are in high demand, and USAID is taking note.
Last updated: October 24, 2016