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PROGRAM COMPONENT 5:

CAPACITY BUILDING

FIELD ACTIVITIES - KABUL

Of the 83 interns that entered the internship program, 63 interns successfully completed the accounting and management training on October 1 that was given by AIBM.

Following the completion of the training program, over 100 students and host companies attended the internship training completion ceremony held at Kabul University on October, 6, 2007. Starting October 20th, 63 interns reported for their internship with leading Afghan businesses identified by ASMED.

ABOVE: An intern receives his certificate of completion after three months of training in accounting and management.

FIELD ACTIVITIES – WEST

The Internship Coordinator from ASMED Kabul office visited Herat to help develop internship opportunities for Afghan students in the western region. A memorandum of understanding was signed with Herat University. Two-hundred and twenty (220) students from the Economics, Agriculture, and Computer Science faculties took the placement exam on November 13. The 70 students selected (25 of whom are women) are currently attending the pre-placement training course developed by AIBM (Afghan Institute of Business Management). ASMED is identifying qualified companies in Herat to employ the students during the three month internship. This program is the first of its kind in the western region; it is a great opportunity for the students to gain practical business experience.

FIELD ACTIVITIES – NORTH

The project expanded its internship program to provide 25 local graduates experience of working in enterprise development in Badakhshan for three months. The placements were within development programs in the following sectors: renewable energy, commercial poultry, honey production, vocational training, textile production and food processing. To enhance the technical skills the interns had acquired at the end of their placements, the interns will receive intensive training courses in English language, and entrepreneurial and computer skills, and visit Kabul based enterprises in 2008. The project expects the interns to have then

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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