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ACBAR Newsletter January -2016

posted: 2016-02-22
ACBAR Holds Afghan Development Forum with Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled (MoLSAMD)

The Afghanistan Development Forum (ADF) serves as a platform for NGOs and Government bodies to discuss development issues and challenges, National Program Priorities (NPPs), coordination with the Government, and national polices.

On 5th January 2016, the director from MoLSAMD National Skills Development Programme (NSDP) joined ACBAR’s monthly ADF. The NSDP is one of the National Priority Programs and aims to contribute to the socio-economic recovery of Afghanistan through 1) the provision of skills training for decent work and 2) supporting the development of national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.

Achievements under Component-1 (Increasing Access to Skill Training and Employment support) include:
  • 54,200 unemployed/underemployed Afghans Men and Women Received Employable Skills Training.
  • 86% employment rate with reasonable Income (25% sample across every skill area. Approx. 70 skill areas)
  • Achievements under Component-2 (Supporting TVET System building):
  • Contribute to ANQF, ANQA, and awarding boards.
  • Developed total system approach to CBT.
  • Developed Skills Development Framework (SDF)
  • Capacity building of TVET providers(Private, public, and NGOs) ( 600 Trainers from 35 TPs in CBT
  • Provision of TOT for 1650 trainers on BDS in 20 provinces.

Strategic documents have also mandated NSDP to train 100,000 unemployed/under-employed Afghan men and women within 3 years. These are: NPP1-Human Resource Development Cluster, NSDP Program Document based on Presidential Decree 45, MoLSAMD 3 Years Strategic Plan, Social Protection Strategy of Afghanistan and NSDP Revised Strategy (Draft).

The Number of National Occupational Skills Standards (NOSS) which have been developed by MoLSAMD in each Sector is as following; Business/ Commerce 44 Standards, Building Construction 43 Standards, Services 36 Standards, Agriculture 23 Standards, Industry 12 Standards, Mining 8 Standards, Railway 8 Standards and Social Work 4 Standards. There has also been the development of social work standards with a focus on child protection supported by UNICEF and implemented by Hunter/Boston College.

In 2014 the World Bank agreed with MoLSAMD to run a project called of Non-Formal Approach for Training Education and Jobs in Afghanistan (NATEJA) NATEJA started in April 2014 and will be completed December 2018. NATEJA is being co-financing by 3 donors as the World Bank with $15 million contributions for 5 years, Italian Embassy/IDCO with €3 million contribution and MoFin with $3 million contributions.

The aim of the project is to increase the potential for employment and higher earnings of targeted young Afghan women and men in rural and semi-urban areas through non-formal skills training. Three components of this project include:

Component 1 - Improving the Quality of Non-formal Training and the Labor Market Outcomes of Trainees. MoLSAMD will map, register and sign MoUs with 192 NGOs working on skills training in Afghanistan.

Component 2 - Project Management, Capacity Building of MOLSAMD and M&E. This component covers, the Capacity building in the area of, Procurement, Financial Management, LMIS, M&E and Entrepreneurship Development through recruitment of national international experts, Supporting LMIU under the DG Manpower and Labor Regulation for conducting the Labor Market Information studies, Establishment of the 3 Employment Service Centers in Kabul, Balkh and Nangarhar, Building Management Information System for NATEJA/ NSDP, Operation and staff salaries for implementation of the project.

Component 3 - Supporting Entrepreneurship among Unskilled and Illiterate Young Afghans. This includes:

1- Encouraging Rural Employment (Euro 396,662) for provision of skills training for 1500 SGs in Herat, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Balkh and Parwan provinces.

2- Promoting Entrepreneurship among Afghan Youth for provision of $500 grant for 2520 businesses managed by youth (25% for existing and 75% for new businesses) in Nangarhar, Kabul & Balkh

ACBAR Members Elect Advisory Committees in Mazar, Jalalabad and Herat

The role of these advisory committees is to plan and co-ordinate activities in the region or province concerned in accordance with ACBAR’s Statutes of Operation and other guiding documents approved by the General Assembly and or Steering Committee.

According to ACBAR’s statutes and the revised regional advisory committee policy, elections were held in January in Herat and Mazar and in early February in Jalalabad for the regional advisory committees. Each advisory committee consists of four elected members to support and guide the regional manager and to help him address NGO issues and improve coordination with local government, UN agencies and other provincial stakeholders. The chairperson is the member with the highest number of votes. The results were as follows:

Western Region: Herat

1Abdul Khaliq StanikzaiSDORegional Manager14Chair
2Wida SharifiAWECProvincial Manager13Member
3Moh- Shakib HerayzadDRCDeputy Area Manager12Member
4Eng.Ab-Khaliq KianiDACAARWest Regional Manager10Member

Northern Region: Mazar

NameAgencyPosition VotesPosition
1Ms. Hafiza MerzayeAWECMs. Hafiza Merzaye14Chair
2Mr. Khalil AhmadACTEDMazar Base Manager13Member
3Dr. Mari AbdiCARESenior Provincial Representative12Member
4Dr. Zia FormulyDCARegional Program Manager10Member

Eastern Region: Jalalabad

1Eng. Shahwali AllokozaiNPO/RRAARegional Manager22Chair
2Mr. Sabirullah MemalawalJVCDeputy Director19Member
3Ms. Mary QuraishiAWRCActing Director14Member
4Eng. Abdul AhadSCARegional Manager13Member

Thank you to all those candidates who stood for the elections and congratulations to the successful advisory board members.

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