In partnership with the United Nations Women (UNW) program, AFAD successfully administered a first ever Time Use Survey (TUS) in Afghanistan in 2018/2019. TUS is a statistical survey conducted to measure the time spent by people on various activities within a 24-hour time-frame. The survey was launched in Kabul, Nangarhar, Takhar, Kundoz, Balkh, Herat and Kandahar Provinces of Afghanistan. These provinces represent the various zones Afghanistan has been divided to for statistical purposes. A questionnaire form and a weekly diary form were utilized to gather information about the use of time by women and men in the respective representative provinces on various market oriented and non-market oriented activities. The data gathered in this process was then cleaned, coded and analyzed to produce a final report.
The TUS survey results can be utilized by policy makers and development agencies to better understand the time use patterns in Afghanistan and use the information for policy formulation, planning and programming purposes.
In partnership with the UNDP Gender Equality Project II (GEP II), AFAD supported female entrepreneurs in Bamian and Nangarhar provinces in 2016/2017. The project involved participation in an extensive, needs-based business development and sustainability training for women business owners and their employees in Bamian and Nangarhar. The project included visits to provinces to exchange experiences, and opportunities to find new markets and showcase products and services through participation in a trade show. The project was successful in enabling women SME owners build business management skills, and learn from the experiences of fellow entrepreneurs in other provinces. Additionally, the requirement that women of different majority ethnic provinces discuss business management issues helped increase social cohesion and aided peace-building efforts.
In partnership with the USAID’s Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP II) project, AFAD worked in Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces in 2017 with male entrepreneurs to improve their business management skills. Similar in scope to GEP II, the program involved using grant money to start or expand existing small and medium-size businesses. The project enabled entrepreneurs to develop crucial business management skills and improve their existing businesses. The project also helped build peace by enabling male Afghans to focus on building and sustaining a private business and engaging in other productive activities, such as work for a business.
In partnership with the USAID’s Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) Project, AFAD supported female entrepreneurs in Ghazni province of Afghanistan in 2015. The project provided sustainable business management training as well as access to finance for female entrepreneurs that had run a business for at least one year. Participating entrepreneurs learned to manage their business and resources sustainably using microfinance schemes, local banks and informal resources to develop their businesses. By making finance for small and medium-sized enterprises accessible, the project enabled women in Ghazni province to realize their potential.
In collaboration with World Learning Inc., AFAD implemented the 2013 Legislative Exchange Program for Afghanistan. The Project required recruitment of Afghan nationals that were involved in the legislative matters of Afghanistan for a visit to the United States. The project recruited two members of the Afghanistan legislature to travel to the U.S. and visit legislative institutions in order to better understand how they function. This experience allowed Afghans working in the Afghan legislature to use their first-hand knowledge of U.S. government processes to inform their work in Afghanistan.
With the help of private donors, AFAD provided much-needed logistical and training support to the only Blind School in Kabul in 2010. The project involved the provision of grant money to fix the school’s damaged shuttle bus and install a water heater in the school kitchen. The project also connected the school to international donors that were interested in providing material and other support, helping the blind in Kabul be productive citizens. The project allowed AFAD to discharge its mission by helping one of the most deprived and disadvantaged groups of Afghan citizens. As a result of the extraordinary support provided to the Blind School, the school administration provided a letter of appreciation to AFAD for its support. The project was the first formal small project that AFAD carried out in Afghanistan. We are proud of it and we look forward to partnering with you in our mission to improve the lives of the Afghan people and help them overcome their day-to-day difficulties.