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Transforming Lives

Members of the District Development Assembly during training in Kandahar

April 2014—In Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, villagers play a critical monitoring role for local development projects. However, many of these representatives, who are elected to serve for their District Development Assemblies, do not have monitoring experience.

Taimani Ha tribal leaders embrace after agreement on peace deal, December 2013.

April 2014—The Ghori and the Qashqa, two sub-tribes of the Taimani Ha tribe in the Chaghcharan district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, have been in violent conflict since 1984.

An actor performs at the Supreme Court’s radio studio, recording his voice for a radio drama promoting women’s rights.
Recently, the Supreme Court of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have joined forces and taken to the airwaves to pro-mote greater public awareness of women’s rights.  
More than 600 women have learnt about their inheritance rights at workshops organized by USAID in Jalalabad and Kabul

Toorpekai’s thriving new business and boundless self-confidence illustrate the change that can come about when Afghan women learn that they have legal rights. Four decades after she lost her father, Toorpekai received her share of his property, changing her life forever.

Masons and laborers in Khost’s Shamal district hard at work repairing the only high school in the area

It is an upbeat statement and Mr Mohammad goes on to explain why the building work was so important. The school was so badly damaged, he recalls, that most of the classrooms and toilets were unusable. “The doors and windows were broken,” he adds. It made for low morale among students and teachers alike. Every day, fewer children came to class and many teachers sought work elsewhere. Shamal High School’s decline was a matter of great concern because it was the only one in the district.


Last updated: January 20, 2015

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