A degree in computer science, determination –and the right training – make it possible for one young Afghan woman to excel in her chosen field
29 JULY 2013 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
In the three years since she graduated from an Indian university with a degree in computer science, Nilab Akrami has built up a solid career at Afghanistan’s Agricultural Development Fund (ADF). As also the Fund’s computerized accounting system.
Nilab is the ADF’s Information Technology manager. She helps maintain its ‘brain’ or the credit administration system that holds centralized records of all transactions. This includes a revolutionary credit delivery scheme for farmers, which works through ‘smart’ cards that can be used at participating stores to buy farm supplies.
Nilab is also responsible for maintaining more than a hundred computers, two email servers, a wireless connectivity system and the ADF’s VOIP technology, which is the methodology that delivers voice communications and multimedia sessions on the internet.
She is able to manage it all because she trained as a marketing information systems specialist with USAID's Agriculture Credit Enhancement (ACE) program and helped implement PAYWAND, the database maintained by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.
Nilab is considered one of ACE’s success stories. Its professional development scheme has enabled three women enroll in continuing education programs, while three others have applied for university courses and one to the US State Department’s Fulbright Scholar program.
Last updated: January 16, 2015