30 Young Afghans Participate in Youth Entrepreneurship Support Programme

the Youth Entrepreneurship Support internship programme, shortly YES, started in Kabul
For the next six months, 30 Afghan university graduates will learn how to set up and manage their businesses in the energy sector. The German Institutional Development for Energy in Afghanistan (IDEA) programme technically supports the activity in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). The Afghan-German Cooperation finances the programme at a total cost of more than AFN 7 million.

At the official kick-off event, university graduates, civil society representatives, government officials and business experts discussed key concepts of entrepreneurship. Representatives from the private sector and Kabul Polytechnic University further spoke about their experiences on starting businesses. IDEA’s deputy programme director, Mr Zabiullah Tahirzada, highlighted, “Young people are eager to work and they need good job opportunities. A society that can deliver such opportunities is promoting growth and investing in its welfare.”

The Youth Entrepreneurs Support (YES) programme is a leadership and entrepreneurship training for young Afghans. About 30 university graduates get the opportunity to deepen and advance their entrepreneurial skills in the fields of renewable energy and energy-efficient construction. MEW energy division’s deputy minister, Mr Mohammad Gul Khulmi, said, “The entire team behind the YES programme hopes that all participants will start their own businesses and create jobs”. Kabul Polytechnic University’s director, Mr Mohammad Said Kakar, added, “Such programmes are essential for the country’s energy sector. They facilitate the formation of a well-trained work force for renewable energies, create jobs, and promote a clean environment.”

YES uses a dynamic and customisable training curriculum based on the participants’ needs and market demands. The programme’s first phase focusses on technical training, the second on leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Participants will attend technical courses every two months and further receive one month of practical training. After the programme, the graduates will be prepared to set up businesses in the Afghan energy sector, creating jobs and contributing to the productive use of electricity.

YES is part of the Afghan-German Cooperation’s support for the Youth Empowerment and Jobs Project implemented by MEW and Kabul Polytechnic University. The project aims at fostering youth entrepreneurship and improving the business climate in Afghanistan.

On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the programme Institutional Development for Energy in Afghanistan (IDEA) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. IDEA aims at enabling Afghan society to access energy from renewable sources to boost economic growth, to reduce poverty and protect the environment. IDEA cooperates with the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) to implement various activities, creating general conditions for a reliable electricity supply. For example, IDEA has organised 21 conferences and workshops for private and public stakeholders on renewable energy, energy awareness and energy efficiency since 2015. At the same time, it has organised related job-specific training courses for almost 430 Afghans from the public and private energy sector.