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Afghanistan – Improving prospects through economic development and education

04.10.2016 – People in Afghanistan need work in order to provide for their families and send their children to school. GIZ is playing an active part in achieving this goal.

On behalf of the German Government, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is working to improve the prospects of people living Afghanistan. For instance, it is supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in improving the quality of their products and marketing them more effectively. ‘This enables these companies to grow and employ more people,’ says Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director in Afghanistan.

Ahmad Seyar Muqim is one of those benefiting from this cooperation. In his home town of Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan, GIZ is advising a dairy on how to improve its business model. The company is now processing its milk to produce yoghurt, quark and cream. A production manager has been appointed to monitor the production process and carry out quality controls. GIZ trained Muqim in order to give him the necessary expertise for this position. ‘My job brings in enough money to feed my family,' says the young father. His prospects were not always this good, as the economic situation in Afghanistan is still difficult even 15 years on from the end of Taliban rule. ‘I wanted to go to Germany to find work,’ said Muqim.

People need proper training in order to find good jobs. 'We have been providing support in this area since 2002,' says GIZ Country Director Kressirer. To date, GIZ has set up 120 schools and universities in Afghanistan. Millions more children now go to school than in 2002. Over 1.2 million boys and girls have been able to attend school in the north of the country thanks to German support. GIZ is also promoting training for Afghans in many different areas, and over half a million have taken up training in a wide range of manual, skilled and professional occupations.