Program Updates

Last updated: October 13, 2019

October 13, 2019

Since October 2017, USAID has been working with the Afghan Ministry of Irrigation, Agriculture and Livestock (MAIL), to place young men and women as interns in the MAIL provincial headquarters in eight Eastern provinces. Over the course of three months, the interns attend agribusiness events, training and farmer field days, and work in various MAIL departments to gain basic administrative and agricultural extension skills.

October 12, 2019

Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan, does not received much attention and support in terms of public services, especially play-grounds and other sports facilities. Realizing the importance of exercise for children and youth, USAID assisted the municipality in construction of a new futsal pitch. The management and maintenance of the futsal court has been leased to a private entity under a Public Private Partnership that generates around AFN 280,000 annually in municipal revenue.

October 8, 2019

The Afghan Children Read project used an evidence-based approach to help improve reading and writing comprehension in grades 1 – 3. The project pilot covers four provinces, Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar, and Laghman, where an estimated one-half million students in both public and community-based schools have been exposed to this early grade reading model. Monitoring and assessment conducted by the project team found that access to supplementary materials and teacher guides plays an important role in the success of early grade students.

October 7, 2019

Residents of Logar province, Afghanistan were accustomed to a lack of child-care services in their region and the limited capacity of local government to provide proper public services. However, that is changing as more residents, with USAID support, participate in local town hall meetings and insist that their needs and priories are reflected in the Provincial Development Plans, which allocates funds.

September 5, 2019

Murder and “honor killings” of women are one of the most common forms of violence against women in Afghanistan. According to a recent report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, out of 280 murder cases of women between 2016 and 2017, only 50 ended in a conviction of the perpetrator. Despite efforts by the Government of Afghanistan to secure the rights of women, women frequently are denied their rights to equal protection under the law, especially in rural communities.