USAID to reconfigure funding of Afghan workforce programme
KABUL (Pajhwok): In support of the Afghan government’s “Jobs for Peace initiative” and to focus the resources on the urgent creation of more jobs, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Afghan Minister of Education Dr. Asadullah Hanif Balkhi agreed to reconfigure the funding of the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, the agency said on Sunday.
In order to support this shared goal, USAID has de-obligated $18.5 million from the on-budget component of the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, the USAID statement said.
The two parties agreed, in an implementation letter dated December 27, 2015 that “it is in our joint interest to create as many jobs as possible in as short a time as possible.”
In April 2012, USAID invested $32 million in an off-budget, Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, implemented by Creative Associates Int’l.
Since that time, the program completed 74 short term grants which conducted at least 2000 short-term training programs tailored to the needs of Afghan employers, such as financial and project management, information communication technology (ICT), sales and marketing, and construction.
More than 27,028 mid-career/semi-professionals participated in the trainings, of which, 17,656 have been placed in jobs, or have received promotions in their current job with at least a 3 percent salary increase. Thirty-six percent of all those completing the training programs are women.
USAID’s Afghanistan Workforce Development Program helped establish four profitable job-training and placement service companies.
In September 2013, USAID entered into a complementary on-budget workforce development program with the Ministry of Education to invest an additional $30 million through April 2016 to enable the Ministry of Education to design and procure training programs that reflect the current employment needs of the Afghan market.
Since 2013, the Ministry of Education has spent $1.4 million of the $30 million and has awarded 11 contracts to Afghan firms to deliver training services. Of this amount, $18.5 million will be de-obligated to make it available for the urgent creation of more jobs in Afghanistan.
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