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25.11.2014 | Press release
As the survey found out, Afghan users generally believe social media can have a positive impact on their country and see significant opportunities. The main focus of the survey was to find out the impact of social media on the way people communicate nowadays in Afghanistan. As the report explains, channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are becoming increasingly relevant to a rising number of Afghans. The survey was based on both quantitative and qualitative responses from more than 1,100 participants in the capital Kabul and in the six north-eastern provinces Balkh, Badakhshan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Takhar and Samangan.
24.11.2014 | Press release
During the five days of training, the government workers learnt how to manage projects for economic and social development that can contribute to more quality of life for the province’s citizens. The course was organized by Samangan’s Department of the Economy, with technical assistance from the Afghan-German Cooperation programme. The total costs of more than AFN 2.8 million to train the 40 civil servants were funded by the German Government; part of the sum will also go to supplying administrative offices with new equipment.
18.11.2014 | Press release
In talks with President Ghani and CEO Abdullah, Mr. Müller praised the new Afghan leadership for its strong political commitment and expressed support for their joint effort. During his visit, he also reaffirmed that Germany would adhere to the commitments made in Tokyo. Mr. Müller also met Dr Omar Zakhilwal, National Economic Adviser and Acting Minister of Finance, for government negotiations that amounted up to EUR 245 million (around AFN 18 billion) while the total annual funding for sustainable development is EUR 430 million (around AFN 31 billion).
18.11.2014 | Press release
The project is implemented by the Department of Education (DoE) at a cost of over AFN 32 million with funding from the Federal Republic of Germany. The new school building offers a safe learning environment for up to 1,800 female students and teachers from 30 villages in Faizabad.
16.11.2014 | Press release
Established by Mediothek Afghanistan with financial backing and support from the German Government, the ERN is the country’s first project aimed at helping the Afghan press adopts journalism best practices for comprehensive and conflict-sensitive coverage of the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2015. The goal is to establish countrywide reporting that both looks at the deeper causes of conflict and voice the opinions of minorities and the grass-roots level that often go unreported.
16.11.2014 | Press release
Once built, up to 860 students, 310 girls and 550 boys, will be able to get a proper education in a wide range of subjects. Currently, pupils have to take lessons outside, under tents or under the shade of trees. The construction project is part of a new pilot project launched by the German government and provincial government in Takhar. The aim of the project is to encourage a bottom-up approach in communities. With the agreement, Community Development Councils (CDCs), like the one in the remote village of Khurmab, have greater decision-making say in their own development projects. In Khurmab, for example, the village population started the building and planning work for the school building by themselves. Support from Germany amounts to a total of AFN 4.8 million.
16.11.2014 | Press release
As part of Germany’s stabilization programme for northern Afghanistan, a budget per district of approximately AFN 22 million has been earmarked until the end of 2017. Currently, over 115 construction and infrastructure projects have been completed, another 82 are in progress. Together with various training measures for local administration, the continued support from Germany will help citizens in the districts improve livelihoods and future development.
12.11.2014 | Press release
In 2015, up to 1,500 Shagerdis working in small enterprises or workshops will be able to attend TVET institutes to get acquire the basic theoretical background of their profession and get access to advanced technologies. This is the modernization the entire informal training sector needs. In this first phase, six schools in Kabul and one school in Mazar-e Sharif will take on apprentices from four fields: Auto mechanics, carpentry, electrical repairs and metalwork.
11.11.2014 | Press release
Built by the Department of Higher Education (DoHE) at a cost of over AFN 53 million with funding from the German Government, the new dormitory can accommodate up to 260 women from various parts of the country. The goal of the new housing is to help increase the number of female students enrolled at the university.
11.11.2014 | Press release
The new bridge cost over AFN 33.4 million to build, funded by the German Government and financed by Germany’s KfW Development Bank. The completion of the construction project marks a significant milestone in Germany’s northern Afghan programme for stabilisation, as more remote communities can now reach hospitals, schools and shops that were previ-ously inaccessible to them.