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Strengthening Women-Owned Businesses in Afghanistan: Female Traders Launch Domestic Sales

A key component CBARD-AIM project involves providing support to women-owned businesses, that include trainings on market demand, crop production and value-added techniques, financial cost-sharing and…  


Community-based Monitoring Prevent Waste of Medicine at Health Clinic.

Hazrat Sultan Comprehensive Health Center (CHC) is located in the remote district of Hazrat Sultan, Samangan Province in northern Afghanistan. The health facility is designed to provide health…  


Global Fund Continues to Distribute Bed-nets amidst COVID-19 Pandemic and Insecurity in Afghanistan

Malaria continues to be a major public health problem in Afghanistan, particularly in the eastern and southeast provinces (Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan, Khost and Paktika).  


High Quality Inputs Result in High Quality Harvests for Afghan Farmers

Since its inception in 2018 the Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development (CBARD) project has constructed more than 1,125 commercial and micro greenhouses for former opium poppy growers in 12…  


Picking up the Pieces: how Bahara became a Social Health Counsellor

Cultural restrictions and four decades of war have stripped women of their freedom and rights, including the right to education and work outside home.  


Norgul Health Center Expands with a Midwife and Female Doctor in Kunar Province

Norgul Health Center is located in the Norgul District of Kunar Province, approximately 200 km east of Kabul in an area currently under control of armed groups.  


Back to Policing

The on-the-job training of Afghan National Police Officers is a demand-driven initiative guided by MoIA leadership.  


Yasamin: Serving the Country as an Equal

Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women, yet the country has 3,958 women police officers, a ratio of one police woman for every 3,537 women. Frequently…  


Afghan Traders Achieved US $2.51m in Confirmed Deals in Gulfood 2021, 2.5 Times More Than 2020

CBARD-AIM sponsored a delegation consisting of two Afghan exhibitors along with four additional Afghan traders as observers, one of which was a woman-owned business.  


Farmers in Bala Murghab Expand Irrigable Land, Leave Flood Woes Behind

Kot is a strategically located district in Nangarhar province. The population of more than 160,000 people is mostly involved in agriculture sector. The district's high fertility soil enables the…  


Rural Communities Livelihoods Protection

Kot is a strategically located district in Nangarhar province. The population of more than 160,000 people is mostly involved in agriculture sector. The district's high fertility soil enables the…  


Exploring Potential Foreign Markets Paves the Way for New Exports for Afghan Traders

Afghanistan’s finest home-grown fruits and vegetables are in demand across the world. Although some Afghan food processors and traders know how to properly store, sort, grade and package their…  


Solar Dryers: Less Work More Income

Agriculture is the main source of income for families living in the Farza and Istalif Districts of Kabul, as well as the Bagram District of Parwan. However, at harvest time, the oversupply of fresh…  


Female Entrepreneurs Thrive with Modern Kits and Enhanced Skills

Professional development such as enhancing existing skills and learning new ones is vital for both businesses and individual entrepreneurs to thrive economically. Training in specific production…  


Growing Stronger and Stronger

Opium poppy cultivation is a double-edged sword for farmers in Afghanistan. The crop is highly labour-intensive, linked to criminal enterprises, corruption, and can have corrosive social consequences.…  


Going Green Helps Farmers to Prosper

Afghan farmers in the remote areas of the western Farah province face multiple and severe challenges to their livelihood. Frequent droughts and a lack of proper irrigation systems, along with the…  


Greenhouse Brings Income and Hope to a Struggling Village Family

Water does not reach the hills of Nangarhar, where the ground is barren and stony and life is harsh. 48 years ago, in the small village of Kuz Metakhil, local farmer Sawri was born into a country on…  


UNDP and MoPH Join Forces in the Battle Against COVID-19 in Afghanistan

Like the rest of the world, Afghanistan experienced an unprecedented health crisis when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. The pandemic has had drastic impacts in Afghanistan due to its fragile…  


Greenhouses: A Ray of Hope for Rural Livelihoods in Afghanistan

Poppy cultivation involves a highly labor-intensive process requiring entire families to work, causing not only physical, but mental fatigue. Despite the hard work, the harvest still does not earn…  


Preventing the Prescription of Expired Medicine Enhances Public Health and Trust

In the past, doctors at the Shapola health centre in the Haska Meena district, Nangarhar have prescribed expired medication despite the potential health risk to patients.  


Persevering Volunteers Bring Safe Drinking Water to a Local Clinic

The Najmul-Qura CHC health centre, located in the densely populated Behsood district of Nangarhar province, can now provide its staff and patients with drinking water following a community health…  


Women’s Education and Empowerment Cannot be Put on Hold for the Pandemic

Mezhgan, a 25 year-old Afghan woman is a courageous person, and a star athlete, with a place on the Afghanistan women's national volleyball team. Today, together with 30 other young Afghan women, she…  


Digitalization for Communities in Afghanistan: The Urban Kids and the Good Citizen Apps

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has enforced restrictions on many activities, mobile applications are being developed to fill gap and help raise awareness about important community initiatives in…  


Fighting Corruption through Investigative Reporting

UNDP Afghanistan, in partnership with Pajhwok Afghan News, recently conducted a three-day training in investigative journalism for 21 Afghan journalists (including 6 female participants) through its…  


Advocating for a Change in Afghanistan Through Education

Having survived a long journey of struggles and hard work, UN Volunteer Asma Halimi is enthusiastic to be contributing to the development of Afghanistan. She is a passionate advocate for women in her…  


From Discussion to Resolution: Fostering the Role of Women in Local Governance in Afghanistan

The equal participation of women in public affairs is essential, if we want to create inclusive and just societies. To enhance women’s equal access to services and economic opportunities, they need to…  


Making Municipal Services More Responsive to Citizen Needs

Kunduz municipality has a population of about 300,000 citizens, all of whom need access to municipal services, whether to obtain a business license, to pay property taxes, or other vital services.  


A Dream Come True

Suhaila Qadery, 24, had a lifelong dream of studying in a top university in the west and getting a high-quality education. But as a young woman in Afghanistan, it was never going to be easy. In…  


Mission Impossible: Nazia and Her Dreams

“Who would marry a short girl like her? Look at her legs. Why did you come, it’s better you stayed at home.” This is what Nazia, who was born with a disability, hears from people whenever she goes…  


The Birth of a Business

Hadya Shahrani, a trained midwife from Badakshan province, is one of the many women who have benefitted from the activities of the LITACA Project. Since 2014, she has been managing a large number of…  


Another Chance at Life for Matiullah

Matiullah was two and a half years old, lying in her mother’s arms, when the rocket hit. Accompanied by a deafening blast, the ceiling collapsed on them in a shower of wood and earth. They could see…  


The First Step to Success

Zuhal is only the second young woman in her family who is pursuing higher education and a career. Most women in her family have settled down to marry and raise children straight after school.  


Breaking Boundaries as a Police Officer

“The day my family was celebrating my entry to the Faculty of Literature, I announced that I no longer wanted to study in that field,” says Gulafrooz Ebtekar, a police officer in Afghanistan.  


When the Birds Return

In the early morning of a harsh Kabul winter, almost everything is frozen, including the surface of Kol-e-Hashmat Khan lake.  


On the Road to Equality

Farzana is a 23-year old graphic design student at Kabul University. She is also an activist campaigning for women’s rights.  


A Success that Crosses Boundaries

A cross-border trade fair involving 45 entrepreneurs from Tajikistan and Afghanistan was held in October, and was a resounding success.  


Nilab’s Unwavering Spirit: Volunteering for Change

Imagine a situation where just going to school puts your life at risk. Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, this was the situation for Nilab Aria and many others. In second grade, she had to be…  


Living for Now

“Last winter many homeless people living with HIV died on the streets. We are trying to save more people this year,” says Idris.  


Stoves that Save Lives and Trees

In small forest near Guldara district of Kabul, Shakila sits on a rock to rest after collecting wood for her cookstove. Her eyes water and she finds it hard to breathe, and a fit of coughing overcomes…  


Reasons to Bee Cheerful: Raising Incomes, and Letting Bees Do the Work

For Karima, one of the happiest moments of her life was when she earned her first thousand Afghani (US$ 15), when she sold a kilo of honey made from her own bee-keeping business.  


Water: The Gift of Life

All life on Earth depends on water. For those who grow crops to live, however, it is especially important. After decades of war, Afghanistan’s economy, and the lives of many of its people depend on…  


From a TB Patient to a Health Worker

Twenty-eight-year-old Muhibullah is a tuberculosis (TB) survivor who has become a health worker after being cured of the illness. He has made it his mission to help other patients, and raise awareness…  


Out and About with UNDP’s Deputy Country Director

During the trip, Napoleon Navarro, UNDP’s Senior Deputy Country Director (programmes) visited several irrigation projects.  


Garden of Earthly Delights: a Better Life for Ishkashim Farmers

It is a sunny autumn day in Ishakashim valley in north-eastern Afghanistan. A 40-year old farmer, Amin, hoes the ground beneath the apple trees in his orchard. After he finishes each tree, he stands…  


Awakening from a Nightmare

Parwana is a young woman living in Mazar-e Sharif of Balkh province. Unfortunately, she became one of millions of women around the world who experience domestic violence.  


High Water Everywhere: Flood Protection in Shade Bara

Two years ago, Usman Noorzai was standing in his village of Shade Bara when he heard a rumbling sound. “We looked up, and saw tremendous flood waters coming down from the mountains. We were fixated…  

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