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PROGRAM COMPONENT 3:

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS

FIELD ACTIVITIES – CENTRAL

The ASMED gender specialist conducted a membership survey of the Afghan Women Business Federation (AWBF) to find gaps in the existing service providing mechanism. She also conducted a needs assessment and encouraged suggestions from members on areas for improvement. Currently AWBF has about 57 member associations and representatives from 12 member associations were contacted and interviewed in person. The major findings of this survey included:

  • The level of member’s satisfaction form the services provided by AWBF is very low.

  • Only a specific group receives benefits from the services provided.

  • AWBF’s annual income from membership fee is very low since most of its members are paying only $75 per year.

ASMED will work with the AWBF over the upcoming year to improve its services and client satisfaction.

The Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the two biggest chambers in the country, decided to merge. The combined chamber will be able to advocate for the private sector strongly and in an unequivocal voice. ASMED facilitated the merger process and appointed a STTA to help the merger process. The official merger will take place in the month of March, 2008. ASMED and GTZ facilitated and brought the prominent members in one platform to discuss the merger. ASMED also assisted in developing the draft bylaws of the combined chamber. Progress as of date:

  • Draft Chamber law was agreed by both AICC and ACCI

  • MOU on merger between the two chambers was signed

  • A committee comprising of members from both the chambers was formed to look after the merger process

  • Task forces with 5/7 members were formed to look after specialized activities like employee structure, bylaws, etc.

  • First draft of the bylaws of the combined chamber was prepared.

Association component developed and fine-tuned the training material on Association Management and Development. The component also developed two Training of Trainers to impart the training to the board members and senior members of different associations. The training materials were divided into four modules: Association Planning, Strategic Planning, Board Leadership and Public Policy advocacy. These modules have helped the association board and the secretariat to introduce the best practices in association governance. Five association boards were trained in association management during the quarter.

FIELD ACTIVITIES – EAST

A woman’s beauty parlor association was established in coordination of classes association. Eleven beauty parlors throughout Jalalabad city belong to the association, and a total of 33 women work in these beauty parlors.

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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