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Chemonics Quick Impact Project on the Shomali Plain, Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Shomali Plain has experienced 20 years of war, food security crises, and a severe water shortage, and most recently, a five-year drought. The AQIPS program responded with infrastructure improvements, employment and job training for women and men, and programs to build the capacity of local NGOs, in particular women’s NGOs. According to the final report, the 17-month project, completed in November 2003, brought ‘tangible relief, sustainable change, and hope to this agricultural region and its people’. The final report is a portfolio of stand-alone fact sheets. The fact sheets offer multiple messages, lessons learned, good practices, and guidelines, including those related to gender, for a variety of audiences. The project was an initiative of Chemonics International, a global consulting firm promoting economic growth and higher living standards in developing countries.

http://www.chemonics.com/projects/default.asp?content_id=%7B17C6D697-B36B-4B95-8A3F-424816235E18%7D

Key words: Afghanistan, employment, livelihoods, training, infrastructure, NGO, womenís group