Fact Sheets

Solving structural and youth unemployment requires innovative and diverse solutions. USAID seeks to increase employability by providing innovative and affordable learning solutions for skills development, in order to help reduce youth unemployment, promote entrepreneurship, and potentially increase industrial productivity.

Government of the Russian Federation (GoRF) and Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) attacks on armed opposition group (AOG)-controlled areas of Aleppo, Idlib, and Hamah governorates escalated in July, resulting in numerous civilian deaths and injuries. GoRF and SARG airstrikes and shelling killed more than 500 civilians from April 29–August 8, according to the UN.


Violence in northwest Syria has also damaged and destroyed civilian and humanitarian infrastructure, including bakeries, mosques, schools, and water stations. Conflict has destroyed 17 entire villages in some locations of southern Idlib and northern Hamah, according to satellite imagery reviewed by the UN.

Libya has a substantial natural resource base, abundant human capital, and access to potentially lucrative trade routes, but lack of national cohesion and purpose impedes its movement along the path to self-reliance.  The ongoing military stalemate risks plunging Libya into a prolonged civil conflict. Without greater stability in the security environment, economy, and civic life, Libyans will fail to reap the benefits of a transition to democracy and face further obstacles to trade and investment.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deeply committed to assisting the world's most vulnerable people, including persecuted religious minorities.

The Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus Afghanistan is a five-year project to strengthen the impact and sustainability of the Afghan Social Marketing Organization (ASMO). ASMO is a local social marketing organization established with support from USAID to promote family planning (FP), diarrhea prevention and management, as well as nutrition via the national distribution of water purification tablets, oral rehydration salts and other diarrhea therapies, and family planning and other products at affordable prices. SHOPS Plus increases demand for such products through social and behavior change communications (SBCC) campaigns.

Through the Disease Surveillance and Prevention project, USAID supports the World Health Organization to collect information on a weekly basis on 15 targeted communicable diseases in Afghanistan. By monitoring sites in all 34 provinces, the project provides accurate and timely data on the outbreak of disease and seasonal trends. Investigations result in quick action to mitigate disease outbreaks and prevent epidemics. The project also coordinates health surveillance in the field, disseminates public health information, and collaborates with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Expanded Program on Immunizations.

The TSS project aims to improve market linkages and exports for Afghan companies to increase income and create new jobs through facilitation of trade shows, business and investment events, exhibitions, and other fora where Afghan businesses can interact with potential buyers.

The MELRA program provides policy-level assistance to Government of Afghanistan ministries and other entities to improve the country’s business enabling environment and create business opportunities for private sector growth. The program requires its Afghan partners to demonstrate their commitment to ensure the success of suggested reforms under the MELRA program.

The goal of the LAMP Project is to create sustainable jobs and livelihoods for internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, and host communities in five target urban centers in Afghanistan.

The purpose of KCEC is to enhance the capacity of the Afghan carpet industry to meet international market requirements by addressing major constraints in the process of bringing carpets to market. The Afghan carpet industry is Afghanistan’s second largest employer after agriculture. Strengthened by the KCEC, the carpet industry can generate new employment opportunities for women, young people, and both returning refugees and internally displaced Afghans who have carpet-making skills, whether they are in urban, peri-urban, or rural areas.


Last updated: October 23, 2019

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