Archive for July, 2013

Afghan woman announced as a winner of the 2013 N-Peace Awards

Afghan women’s rights advocate Masouda Karokhi was announced as one of the eight winners of the 2013 N-Peace Awards, the N-Peace Network announced on their Facebook site today. According to their website, the N-Peace initiative and the Awards campaign are managed by the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Center (APRC).  “The awards recognize and profile women […]

July 31, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Human Rights, Women's Rights

ACCI: Afghanistan’s exports up 40%

Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) announced on their website today that the country’s exports have increased by 40%, compared to the same period last year. Last year, in the first quarter, the exports stood at $64 million, and this year, it’s at $100 million. The ACCI said that the increase has been due […]

July 29, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy

Over a thousand families in Parwan now have access to electricity; Afghans start use of Iran’s Chabahar Port

Afghanistan’s Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported today that a power transformer was inaugurated on Saturday in Charikar, the capital city of Parwan province that will provide 1,100 families with access to electricity. The transformer was installed by the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) power company. The local residents expressed happiness over the project, reported BNA. […]

July 28, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Reconstruction and Development

July 26, 2013 Round Up: Good News Reports from Afghan Media

Government officials from Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh announced earlier this week that thanks to plans implemented by the government, there has been a 50% decline in the crime. “This year, crimes such as murder, robbery and kidnapping have reduced by over 50 percent. It is a big achievement for the Balkh police department,” said […]

July 26, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Health News, Reconstruction and Development, Security in Afghanistan

Afghan Governor Receives Prestigious Award

Afghanistan’s female governor of Bamyan province, Habiba Sarobi, has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award, the foundation announced in a press release today. The award is named after a Philippine president, who died in a plane crash in 1957. According to the foundation, he was a president, “who was well-loved for his simplicity and humility, […]

July 24, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Human Rights, Women's Rights

New school buildings to be built in Khost and Jowzjan provinces

Special foundation stone laying ceremonies have been held in Khost and Jowzjan provinces, an official from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education announced today. In the eastern province of Khost, an agricultural high school building is expected to be built in 6 months at a cost of 13,007,000 afghanis. The funding for the project will come from […]

July 23, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Education, Reconstruction and Development

Roads and bridges to be built in 5 Afghan provinces

In an effort to further improve Afghanistan’s infrastructure, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Works announced road and bridge building projects in 5 different provinces yesterday. The projects which will be funded by the world Bank at a cost of 358 million afghanis will be completed by provide Afghan companies. Specifically, a 28km road in Kunduz, a […]

July 23, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Education, Reconstruction and Development, Security in Afghanistan

More Afghan women joining police force in Herat

More and more women are signing up to join the police force in Afghanistan’s western province Herat, according to a special Xinhua report today. “Two years ago, only three women enrolled in the police training center; but up to now, 300 women have finished training and joined the police force in Herat and several dozen […]

July 22, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Security in Afghanistan, Women's Rights

Afghanistan unveils new incentives to investors

In an effort to attract new investors and prevent current investments from leaving Afghanistan, a new package of incentives were announced today by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance, according to an AFP report. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, Afghanistan’s Minister of Finance told reporters that “the goal of this policy is to support investment in different sectors, especially […]

July 21, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Reconstruction and Development

July 19, 2013 Round Up: Good News Reports from Afghan Media

Yesterday construction started on a road from Pul-e-Sokhta to the Darulaman area in the sixth precinct of Kabul. The project will cost $11 million and will be funded by Turkey. It is expected to be completed in 10 months. – Ariana News South Korea signed an agreement with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation […]

July 19, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Cultural Heritage, Reconstruction and Development

Program to boost of role of women in Afghanistan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced that they will launch a $200 million program to boost the role of women in Afghanistan. Furthermore, with international support such as Australia, Japan, and the European Union, that number could be doubled, according to USAID. The program is called “Promote” and will help women […]

July 18, 2013 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Human Rights, Job Creation, Women's Rights