Creating prospects

Business development in Afghanistan

Following decades of conflict, Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest countries. High unemployment and low incomes shape the economic landscape. Every year, 500,000 additional young women and men enter a labour market that offers a bleak outlook. Faced with this lack of prospects, many Afghans consider leaving their home country.

Support from companies and tailored continuing professional development

The economic situation in northern Afghanistan is difficult. As in the rest of the country, well over half of Afghans work in informal agricultural jobs with low wages. By providing business development and employment promotion programmes on behalf of the German Government, GIZ is helping to create jobs in the region and to offer people a livelihood and prospects. By spring 2017, over 33,000 people will have benefited from the programmes. Many of them are dairy farmers who have been able to increase their milk production and help revive the Afghan dairy industry. Others, such as Ahmad Sayar Muqim, are benefiting from tailored continuing professional development services. Today, he works as a production manager at the Pakiza Dairy in Mazar-e Sharif.


        
    
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH works with the Pakiza Dairy in Mazar-e Scharif.
In Masir-e Sharif arbeitet die GIZ mit der Molkerei Pakiza zusammen.

        
    
The modern plant is increasing its capacity from 3,500 to 6,000 litres thanks to advice and training.
The modern plant is increasing its capacity from 3,500 to 6,000 litres thanks to advice and training.

        
    
This is creating additional jobs for skilled employees.
This is creating additional jobs for skilled employees.

        
    
The company’s own shop sells yoghurt, curd cheese, cheese, ayran and cream.
The company’s own shop sells yoghurt, curd cheese, cheese, ayran and cream.