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PROGRAM COMPONENT 4:

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCES & GRANTS

ONGOING GDAS

The Women PCO project launch took place on 1st of November where more then 30 journalists from different news agencies attended a press conference. Local newspapers such as Anis and Hewad published article about the event where as Pajwak news agency published an article on their website. The news about the event was also broadcast on Tolo TV, ARIANA TV and Radio ARMAN. MoU has been signed with Relief International to implement the WPCO project in Nangarhar.

ASMED GDA Specialist visited Kandahar to verify equipment delivery for the Box Factory GDA with the Dry Fruit Export Association. The GDA Specialist was in Kandahar from November 25th to 28th. The trip verified that one container has arrived onsite (out of two total containers, the second container remains in Quetta, Pakistan due to security concerns about shipping from Quetta to the border of Kandahar).

GDA Specialist visited Mir Brothers Group office in Herat, from November 18th - 21st. It was verified that all the equipment purchased by ASMED under the GDA agreement has arrived in Herat.

Both of the consultants for Tarsian & Blinkley arrived in Kabul. The machinery installation, operation and repair consultant completed his contracted work and the factory operations consultant continues his work as planned.

APPROVED GDAS

Credit and Profile Verification "Etebar":

  • Credit rating system for financial intermediaries and Central Bank

  • Partners: Digistan (Afghanistan), USAID/ASMED, Onicra (India).

Social Entrepreneur "Media Communications Outreach":

  • Social Entrepreneur media and communications outreach to hungry existing local business talent seizing existing opportunities in a way that increases awareness progress and motivates others to invest their talents, energy and capital

  • Partners: Taimani.com (Afghanistan), USAID/ASMED, Ariana TV, Tolo TV, Arman FM Radio, Skoll Foundation/Schwab Foundation (USA)

COMPLETED GRANTS

Central Project: Afghan Banks Association, Wazir Akbar Khan, Kabul: Budget: $25,000 Type of grant: Association Development Grant

  • Renovation of office premises including one training hall.

  • 15 temporary jobs created.

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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