NATEJA AID10380 Project Funded By Italian Government

After the successful implementation of the World Bank funded Afghanistan Skills Development Project (ASDP), the World Bank decided to support the National Skills Development Program (NSDP) through a new project called Non-Formal Approach to Training, Education and Jobs in Afghanistan (NATEJA).

Initially the project was funded by the World Bank. But later in October 2014, the Italian Government also decided to fund the project through signing a bilateral agreement with the Afghan Government and expanded the project activities to the western region as well as Bamyan province.

As the main objective 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”.

Therefore, the project is actively working to achieve this objective through provision of demand driven vocational and technical training as well as business grants and trainings to individuals against their business plans for the establishment of new businesses or expansion of their current businesses.

Three main components of the project with its achievements;

Component 1

Improving the Quality of Non-Formal Training and Labor Market Outcomes of Trainees:

Under this component, 60 training providers (TPs) were selected for provision of vocational and technical training to 7200 trainees and job placement of 70% of these trainees by the mentioned TPs. The training is delivered to the mentioned number of trainees and the job place for the graduates are in progress.

Component 2

Project Management, Capacity Building of MOLSAMD and M&E:

Under this component, the project established two employment services centers in Herat and Bamyan provinces, provided support to the Ministry in conducting Human Resources Supply and Demand Study and conducted Human Capital Study. The reports of the two studies are shared with the Ministry as well as Italian Government. The project also provided trainings to 223 employees of the Ministry in more than 14 functional areas.

Component 3

Piloting Entrepreneurship among Unskilled and Illiterate Young Afghans:

Sub-component 3.1

Encouraging Rural Employment:

Under this sub-component, the project provided vocational and technical trainings and tool kits to 1000 saving and none saving group members of the AREDP “Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program”. After the training, more than 70% of these graduates started their businesses.     

Sub-component 3.2

Promoting Entrepreneurship among Afghan Youth:

Under this sub-component, the project provided grants of 33500 AFG each to 2000 women entrepreneurs against their business plans through a competitive and transparent process. The project also provided training to these female entrepreneurs in business development.

These female entrepreneurs started new businesses or expanded their existing businesses upon receiving the grants and training. After establishing their businesses, the project further supported these businesses in terms of providing follow-up and counselling services.

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