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Govern4Afg sets target for 2016 research topics on governance

The Governance Forum Afghanistan (Govern4Afg), a platform for policy dialogue on governance topics in Afghanistan, discussed research topics for 2016. In the upcoming months, Afghan-German expert teams will develop policy papers on six specific research questions. The findings will provide

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India pledges $1mn to the Afghan Red Crescent Society

India has committed to provide annual financial assistance of US$ 1 million over a period of five years beginning 2015-16 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). The

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Afghan doctors treat Afghans suffering from Tuberculosis

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the Ministry of Public Health and the National Tuberculosis Program to recognize the recent global World Tuberculosis Day (TB) at the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. The purpose of the

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New hospitals improve Afghans’ access to health services

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially transferred two new hospitals in Paktiya and Paktika provinces to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which will contribute significantly to better access to healthcare for Afghans living in the region.

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Dubai visa issuance problem resolved: Afghan Department of Passport

The Afghan Department of Passport has announced that the problem with the issuance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) visas to Afghan citizens has been resolved. Mateen Sarfaraz, Deputy Head of the Department, has written on his official Facebook Page:

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New school for more than 300 children opened in Rustaq, Takhar

A newly constructed secondary school in Rustaq district, Takhar, officially opened its doors for up to 313 students on Sunday. The school consists of eight fully furnished classrooms, four administrative rooms, a computer lab and a laboratory. Furthermore, a solar

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NPC discusses supply of quality medicines to Afghanistan

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) discussed supply of medicines and medical products to Afghanistan in its session on Saturday, which is the first one in the Solar Year 1395. President Ashraf Ghani assigned the Ministries of Public Health, Finance, Justice,

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Vocational training institutes open in Kabul, Mazar, Herat

Vocational training institutes opened their doors again for 1200 apprentices upon the start of the new academic year. After some institutes in Kabul held entry tests last week, Herat and Mazar-e Sharif followed suit and offered an orientation day on

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Pakistan to establish customs complex at Torkham border

Pakistani authorities are working on the construction of a major customs complex at Torkham border in an attempt to improve trade volume with financial contribution from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Peshawar Customs Collector said the new complex would reduce

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Afghanistan $21.3mn in grant from Japan for humanitarian assistance

The Government of Japan has recently provided a total of USD 21.3 million fund to UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS, WFP, and IOM for humanitarian and emergency assistance in Afghanistan. The funding from Japan will allow those agencies to address humanitarian challenges

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Japan contributes $63mn to support irrigation systems, rural access in Afghanistan

Japan has contributed over USD 63.654 million to support improvement of irrigation systems and rural access in Afghanistan. The funding, contributed through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), administered by the World Bank, will support the following two on-going projects,

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Afghanistan signs $2.38mn worth of trade deals in Gulfood exhibition

Afghan traders who attended the Gulfood exhibition in Dubai signed a number of contracts with USD 2.38mn for agricultural products. The Gulfood exhibition is the world’s largest annual culinary event in the Middle East region. The USAID supported Afghanistan’s participation

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Afghanistan, Pakistan fresh fruit trade up by 46%

According to Pakistan’s Customs Department, the import of fresh fruits from Afghanistan and Pakistan via Torkham and Kurram Agency has increased by 46% during the first eight months of the current fiscal year. The fresh fruit trade between the two

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Balkh farmers recognize gender equality for International Women’s Day

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and representatives of provincial government offices honored 30 women farmers from Balkh Province for their important contributions in the agricultural sector as part of celebrations for International Women’s day. Under the theme

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President Ghani approves restoration work of Dar-ul-Aman Palace

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced approval of the restoration of the historic Dar-ul-Aman Palace on Wednesday. The announcement was made via an online statement posted on official Twitter account. “Shattered Dar-ul-Aman Palace is a reminder of our darkest days. Thus,

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Afghanistan, India sign 92 projects worth $19.24

India and Afghanistan commenced yet another chapter in their development partnership by signing 92 more people-centric projects designed to improve the lives of the hard working and determined citizens across Afghanistan. The Afghan Government has been making concerted efforts to

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170 women acquire new skills in Badakhshan for work and business

Around 170 women completed their training in English, computer skills and food processing for small businesses on March 8th. With their new skills, they are now better qualified for positions in government, non-government organizations and commercial businesses. The classes were

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Industrial problems in Afghanistan

By: Waseequllah Afghanistan, known as the heart of Asia, is one of the most important countries in the region for its strategic location. However, the 35 years of war has left the nation in shambles. Being in a state of

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Afghanistan addresses natural resource governance challenges at EITI’s Global Conference

A delegation from the Afghan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) attended the EITI Global Conference in Lima, Peru on February 24th-25th. The forum convened international key stakeholders to discuss and share their experience in developing and promoting transparent payments from

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Saffron production up by 17% in Afghanistan

Saffron production in Afghanistan has increased by 17%, according to Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). Afghanistan has produced 4,675 of saffron this year compared to last year’s 4,000kg with majority of the spice grown in western Herat

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Innovation Grant Fund will increase Afghan farmers’ access to agricultural credit

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agricultural Credit Enhancement- II (ACE-II) program in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is seeking innovative solutions to expand the availability of agricultural credit for Afghan farmers. The

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World Bank pledges $1.2mn to support Afghan micro-business

The World Bank (WB) has pledged to donate USD 1.2mn to support Afghan micro-business with cooperation from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled. The program, aimed at expanding Afghan labor markets, involves supporting 2,500 entrepreneurs in three

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Japan, Afghanistan sign accord on development projects in Nangarhar province

Japanese government has agreed to provide USD 173,236 to fund two new development projects in Nangarhar province. An agreement to that effect was signed in the Embassy of Japan on Monday between Charge d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of

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USAID contributes $10mn to fight human trafficking in Afghanistan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will contribute $10 million to the International Organization on Migration (IOM) to end the exploitation of men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex-trafficking in Afghanistan. The U.S.

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Pakistan, Tajikistan keen to boost economic ties

Pakistan and Tajikistan leadership have stressed on the need to strengthen transit and transportation through enhanced cooperation at the regional level. Ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali Saidmir said the bilateral trade and economic ties between Pakistan and Tajikistan would be further

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