Last updated: March 16, 2017
Running a women-owned business in male dominant industry presents its own set of challenges. Women entrepreneurs and employers face significantly greater challenges than men in gaining access to financial services. Provisions of collateral against loan, conservative societal perception, limited access to knowledge and financial institutions are some of the salient issues that prevent women from fully participating in economy.
On August 07, 2016, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani approved a critical strategy paper on implementing a pooled procurement mechanism (PPM) for essential medicines and health products. Afghanistan’s Joint Pooled Procurement Committee (JPPC) developed the paper with technical and financial support from the USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) project.
Afghanistan’s first Anti-Harassment Law aims to protect women and girls. Approved by Afghanistan’s Lower House of Parliament in November 2016 and then by the Upper House in December, the law defines harassment in Afghan society and the penalties for harassing women and girls.
The USAID's Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) supports the ongoing payment application activities of partners, including utility payments, GIRoA salary payments, fee payments, loan repayments and mobile money e-vouchers.
Over the life of Women in Economy (WIE) program, it has incorporated best ICT practices in the design, development and implementation phases of all ICT related solutions for WIE programmatic activities.