Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE)

  • Duration: October 2012 – October 2016
  • Value: $105 million


Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) works with the private sector to strengthen its productivity and help enterprises sustain growth and create jobs.  ABADE’s objectives are to increase domestic and foreign investment, stimulate employment and improve sales of Afghan products. ABADE’s public-private alliances with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) help reduce the risks involved with business expansion. The project coordinates with other USAID programs to improve the business-enabling environment, develop a skilled workforce and facilitate access to finance.


  • Small and Medium Enterprises: Capital is provided to existing SMEs or business alliances through a competitive application process. Afghan business partners must invest at least twice USAID’s contribution in various manufacturing sectors. 
  • Innovation Public-Private Alliances (PPA): USAID aims to stimulate innovation by providing capital for new business ideas through a competitive application process. Afghan business partners must invest an amount at least equal to the USAID contribution.
  • Technical Assistance and Business Advisory Services: ABADE provides technical assistance and business advice to SMEs, sub-award recipients and other key stakeholders in accounting, marketing, access to finance, achieving quality standards and how to use specialized production machinery. Special focus is on women entrepreneurs and ABADE’s PPA partners.
  • Business Enabling Environment: ABADE works with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries to improve Afghanistan’s business climate by addressing regulatory and procedural barriers that affect private enterprise’s ability to compete. The program works with businesses and government to create  five-year, industry-specific Action Plans for sectors including marble, gemstones and jewelry production, construction materials, carpets and women-owned small and medium enterprises.


Project accomplishments as of June 30, 2015:

  • Over $157 million in total investments generated; the private sector provided 87 percent of money.
  • 218 public-private alliances, 21 of which are Innovation Public-Private Alliances.
  • 105 percent average increase in sales attained by PPA-SMEs.
  • ABADE supports 308 SMEs, 127 have improved management practices and 213 have invested in improved technologies with ABADE’s assistance.
  • 2,238 full-time jobs created.
  • 39 initiatives provided alternative workplace models for women. These include working from home, providing off-site services or working in all-women facilities.
  • 125 women trained in “high demand” skills such as information and communication technology, business systems, marketing and advertising.

Last updated: September 28, 2015

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