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Can small grants, training, and mentorship for micro-entrepreneurs create jobs in Afghanistan?

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The NATEJA project supports entrepreneurs like Nooria to start new business. "With support from NATEJA, we were able to purchase the required equipment and
raw material to weave the carpets ourselves," said Nooria. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/ World Bank


As the world marks International Youth Day on August 12, many in Afghanistan, especially the youth, strive to find better ways to make a prosperous future for themselves. According to the United Nations Population Fund, about 63 percent of Afghans are under 25 years of age, reflecting a steep pyramid age structure whereby a large cohort of young people is slowly emerging. Yet, young people in Afghanistan face significant challenges in health, education, employment, and gender inequality.

To tackle these challenges, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled is targeting youth with low education in rural and semi-urban areas through a pilot micro-grants scheme to support aspiring entrepreneurs in the face of low growth and dim job creation prospects in the private sector. The scheme is implemented under the Non-Formal Approach to Training, Education, and Jobs in Afghanistan (NATEJA) project financed by the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF).

When I saw Fariha, 23, during her selection interview for the micro-grant scheme, she was sceptical of receiving any government support, but confident about her beauty salon idea. It was a dream come true when she got the news of the micro-grant of $500. Fariha had learnt her skills first as a trainee at a beauty salon. After four years working there, she used the grant money to invest in the business and is now a partner and manager in the salon. “I did not earn enough as a trainee, but now I am a partner. It is a good job and it is getting better,” she says.

As a NATEJA grantee, Fariha attended a business training course to learn basic accounting, marketing, and key tips to start a business as a woman. She was also very happy to receive a pictorial, practical, and illustrative business start-up booklet at the training, given her low level of education.

آیا کمک های مالی کوچک، آموزش و ارایه توصیه ها و مشوره ها برای متشبثین کوچک می تواند فرصتهای کاریابی را در افغانستان ایجاد کند؟

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نوریه یکی ازمتشبثین که با حمایت برنامه نتیجه دستگاه  قالین بافی  خودش را فعال کرده است میگوید" با حمایت برنامه نتیجه اکنون ما توانستیم وسایل مورد نیاز و مواد خام خریداری نمایم و بعد ازآن برای خود قالین ببافیم. عکاسی: شرکت مشورتی رومی/بانک جهانی

همان طوری که جهانیان ۱۲ ماه اگست را همه ساله به عنوان روز جهانی جوانان تجلیل مینماید، اکثریت اقشار جامعه افغانستان، بالخصوص طبقه جوان، تلاش می نمایند، تا راه های بهتر و مناسب برای یک آینده درخشان  و موفق را برای خودشان جستجو و دریافت نمایند. براساس معلومات صندوق جمعیت سازمان ملل متحد، در حدود ۶۳ فیصد نفوس افغانستان زیر سن ۲۵ سال قرار دارند که این حالت ساختار اهرم شیب دار (steep pyramid) را با در نظرداشت سن نفوس کشور به تصویر کشیده و انعکاس دهنده افزایش سریع رشد قشر جوان در کشور میباشد. این در حالیست که جوانان افغان بطور قابل ملاحظه­ با چالشها و مشکلات جدی در عرصه های  صحت، تعلیم و تربیه، فرصتهای کاریابی و نابرابری های جنسیتی مواجه  میباشند.

جهت رسیده گی به این چالش ها، وزارت کار، امور اجتماعی، شهدا و معلولین، طبقه  جوان مناطق روستایی و نیمه شهری که سطح تعلیم بلند ندارند، را تحت پوشش برنامه آزمایشی فراهم نمودن کمکهای مالی کوچک بلاعوض قرار داده است. قابل یادآوریست که هدف این کمک مالی کوچک و بلاعوض با در نظرداشت رشد ضعیف اقتصادی وچشم انداز نامطلوب، ایجاد فرصت های شغلی در سکتور خصوصی آنعده جوانانی را که علاقمند ایجاد تشبث / اشتغال خودی اند، مورد حمایت قرار میدهد. این برنامه تحت پروژه نتیجه به کمک مالی صندوق بازسازی افغانستان تطبیق میگردد.

زمانی که من، فریحه ۲۳ ساله، را هنگام مصاحبه انتخاب متشبثین به منظور دستیابی به کمکهای مالی کوچک بلاعوض را ملاقات کردم، در مورد دریافت هر گونه حمایت از طرف دولت در حالت شک و تردید قرار داشت، اما در مورد آینده و راه اندازی آرایشگاهء خودش اطمینان خاطر داشت.  این رویای فریحه، بعد از دریافت خبر کمک مالی کوچک بلا عوض (۵۰۰ دالر امریکایی) تحقق یافت. فریحه، در ابتدا به مدت چهار سال به عنوان شاگرد در یک سالون آرایش مهارتهای لازم را آموخت. اکنون با استفاده از  این کمک مالی برای سرمایه گذاری در کسب و کار خود استفاده نمود و در حال حاضر وی یک شریک و مدیر سالون آرایشگری خود میباشد. وی میگوید: "من به عنوان شاگرد درآمد کافی نداشتم، اما در حال حاضر من یک شریک هستم. این کار خوبی است و در حال بهتر شدن میباشد."

فریحه، به عنوان یکی از مستفید شوندگان کمک مالی کوچک بلاعوض پروژه نتیجه، در کورسهای آموزش انکشاف تشبثات بمنظور آموزش  حسابداری مقدماتی، بازاریابی و همچنین نکات کلیدی برای آغاز کسب و کار/ تشبث به عنوان یک زن اشتراک کرد. او همچنان از دریافت کتاب های تصویری مشرح و کارهای عملی  بخاطر آغاز تشبث در جریان کورس و از اینکه معلومات مقدماتی در این زمینه ها برایش ارائه گردیده است،  بسیار خوشحال میباشد.

په ډایکندي ولایت کې د صحت برنامې مثبتې اغېزې

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که څه هم زه په ډایکندي ولایت کې د پروژو د مدیریت په برخه کې پراخه تجربه لرم، خو د عامې روغتیا وزارت له خوا په دې ولایت کې د صحت برنامې د تطبیق اغیز او پراخوالی په رښتیا هم ډېر الهام بښونکی دی – د بېلګې په توګه کولای شم په دغه ولایت کې د هغو ۳۹ روغتیايي مرکزونو یادونه وکړم کوم چې هلته لومړني روغتیايي خدمات وړاندې کوي، چې دا ټول په میاشتنۍ توګه د څه باندې ۷۷۰۰۰ ناروغانو درملنه او پالنه ېې ترسره کوله. د ۲۰۱۶ کال د اکټوبر په میاشت کې، دغو مرکزونو وکولای شول، تر څو د خپلو ناروغانو د زېږون ۶۱۵ پیښو ته رسیدنه وکړي، چې له دې ټولټال نویو زیږول شویو ماشومانو څخه څه باندې ۶۹ یې یوازې د تیمران په روغتیايي مرکز کې نړۍ ته سترګې راغړولې دي.
 
په حقیقت کې، کله چې د بحث محور د ښځو پر روغتیا باندې ولاړ وي، نو د صحت د زده کړې برنامه پر دې توانیدلی، تر څو په هر یوه دغه روغتیايي مرکز کې لږ تر لږه د یوې ښځینه روغتیايي کارکوونکې د شتون زمینه برابره کړي. دا کار تر یوه ځایه پورې د کلیو په کچه د ماشوم د زېږون د ماهرانو او روغتیايي نرس قابله ګانو د روزنیز پروګرام د بریالي پای ته رسیدو له کبله ممکن شوی ده، چې کولای شو له دغو روزنیزو او ښوونیزو پروګرامونو څخه په دې ولایت کې د کلیو په کچه د قابله ګانو  او د ټولنې په کچه د نرسانو د روغتیايي زده کړې په توګه یادونه وکړو. همداشان، دغه پروګرام د صحت د برنامې تر پوښښ لاندې ټولو سیمو کې، د کلیو په کچه یو لړ روغتیايي مرکزونه هم د سیمه ییزو شوراګانو په مرسته جوړ او پیاوړي کړل او د روغتیايي کارکوونکو د دندو پر صلاحیت او اعتبارلیکونو باندې یې څارنیز تدابیر او جدي څېړنه عملي کړه.
 
د صحت برنامه د عامې روغتیا وزارت یو له مهمو پروګرامونو څخه شمېرل کېږي، چې د هغې تمویل د بې وځله هېوادونو لپاره د نړیوال بانک د نړیوالې پرمختیايي ادارې له بودیجې او د افغانستان د بیارغونې صندوق لخوا د څو نورو نړیوالو تمویلوونکو ادارو په ګډ مشارکت تر سره کېږي. د افغانستان د اسلامي جمهوري دولت د عامې روغتیا وزارت له ۲۰۱۳ کال څخه د ۲۰۱۷ کال د جون تر میاشتې پورې د PU-AMI په نوم له یوې غیر دولتي ادارې سره تړون لاسلیک کړی وو، تر څو د ډایکندي په ولایت کې د وزارت له لوري د څرګندو شویو روغتیايي ملي موخو سره سم بنسټیز روغتیايي خدمات وړاندې کړي. په دغو موخو کې د مور او ماشوم د مړینې د پیښو راکمول او د ماشوم د روغتیا ښه والی او د معیاري تغذي په خاطر د تدابیرو نیول شامل وو. له همدې کبله، دغه برنامه روغتیايي خدماتو ته د لاسرسي د زیاتوالي، ظرفیت جوړونې، د همکارۍ او همغږۍ د پیاوړتیا، د څارنې او ارزونې د اطلاعاتو د کارونې دودوالي او د درملو د لېږد او ورته د لاسرسي په برخه کې د اسانتیاوو په رامنځته کولو باندې متمرکزه ده.

تاثیرات مثبت برنامه صحت در ولایت دایکندی

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با آنکه من در بخش مدیریت پروژه در ولایت دایکندی تجربۀ زیاد دارم، اما مقیاس و تاثیرات برنامه صحت وزارت صحت عامه در این ولایت درحقیقت فوق العاده الهام بخش پنداشته میشد – بطور مثال می توانم از جمله ۳۹ مراکز صحی که بسته های خدمات ابتدایی صحی را ارائه می نمود، یاد آوری نمایم که اینها همه به صورت ماهوار بیشتر از ۷۷،۰۰۰ بیمار را مورد معالجه و مراقبت قرار میدادند. تنها در ماه اکتوبر ۲۰۱۶، این مراکز توانستند ۶۱۵ واقعه ولادت را  تحت پوشش کمک های مورد نیاز بیماران قرار دهند، که از مجموع نوزادان، بیش از ۶۹ نوزاد  تنها در مرکز صحی تیمران چشم به دنیا گشودند.
 
در حقیقت، زمانیکه محور بحث پیرامون صحت زنان متمرکز باشد، برنامۀ آموزشی صحت توانسته، تا در هر یک از این مراکز صحی زمینه حضور حد اقل یک تن از کارمندان صحی طبقه اناث را فراهم سازد. این امر قسماٌ از بابت تکمیل شدن موفقانۀ برنامه های آموزشی ماهران ولادی و دایه های صحی محلی میسر گردیده، که می توان از این برنامه های آموزشی و تعلیمی برای قابله به سطح جامعه و آموزش صحی برای نرس ها به سطح جامعه در این ولایت یاد کرد. همچنان این برنامه در تمامی ساحاتِ که تحت پوشش برنامه صحت قرار داشتند، یک عده مراکز صحی در سطح محلات را نیز به کمک شورا های محلی ایجاد و تقویت بخشیده و بالای صلاحیت وظایف و اعتبارنامه های کارمندان صحی نیز تدابیر نظارت و بررسی جدی را عملی مینمودند.
 
برنامۀ صحت یکی از برنامه های کلیدی وزارت صحت عامه می باشد که تمویل مالی آن توسط اداره انکشاف بین المللی گروپ بانک جهانی و صندوق بازسازی افغانستان در مشارکت با چندین نهاد تمویل کننده دیگر بین المللی صورت میگیرد. وزارت صحت عامه جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان از سال ۲۰۱۳ الی ماه جون ۲۰۱۷ موسسه غیر دولتی PU-AMI را در ولایت دایکندی قرارداد عقد نموده بود، تا در مطابقت با اهداف ملی صحی این وزارت، خدمات اساسی صحی  را ارائه و فراهم نماید. این اهداف در برگیرنده کاهش واقعات مرگ و میر مادر و نوزاد و بهبود صحت طفل و اتخاذ تدابیر مشخص به منظور تغذی معیاری میباشد. روی این ملحوظ این برنامه بر افزایش دسترسی به خدمات صحی، ظرفیت سازی، تقویت همکاری و هماهنگی، ترویج استفاده از اطلاعات نظارت و ارزیابی و فراهم آوری تسهیلات برای انتقال و دسترسی ادویه جات متمرکز است.

Providing better healthcare in Afghanistan – A view from the field

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Although I have extensive project management experience in Daykundi Province, the scale and impact of the System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) Program is truly inspiring—for example, the 39 centers that deliver the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) together serve over 77,000 outpatients per month. In October 2016, these centers managed the delivery of 615 babies, with as many as 69 deliveries in Temran Basic Health Center alone.
 
In fact, when it comes to female health, SEHAT has ensured that there is at least one female staff member in every health center. This has partly been possible because of the successful implementation of community-level education programs, such as the Community Midwifery Education (CME) and Community Health Nursing Education (CHNE). The program has also strengthened community-based health care by setting up health Shuras (councils) in all locations covered by SEHAT and implemented specific controls on qualifications and credentials of health workers.
 
SEHAT is a program of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in partnership with multiple donors. An NGO, PU-AMI, was contracted by MoPH between 2013 and June 2017 to deliver BPHS in Daykundi, in line with national health goals outlined by the ministry. These goals include reducing mother and child deaths and improving child health and nutrition. Thus, the program focuses on increasing access, building capacity, strengthening coordination, promoting use of monitoring and evaluation data, and enabling better support for pharmaceutical supplies.

Twitter chat: Economic benefits of environment management in Sri Lanka

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Join us for #SLDU2017: Economic Benefits of Environment Management. This Twitter chat will be hosted by World Bank South Asia

What’s happening?

Join us for #SLDU2017: Economic Benefits of Environment Management. This Twitter chat will be hosted by World Bank South Asia (@WorldBankSAsia) in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies IPS (@TalkEconomicsSL).
 
When is it?
August 21, 2017 from 5.30 – 7.30 pm
 
Unpacking #SLDU2017
The chat will explore the findings of the Sri Lanka Development Update (SLDU), published this June.
 
I look forward to engaging with you together with a panel from different areas of expertise.
 
We’ll be discussing priority reforms with a focus on how Sri Lanka can better manage both its business and natural environment to bolster economic growth and sustain development.
 
In recent years, natural disasters have left parts of this island nation devastated, exacting a significant economic, fiscal and social toll. The SLDU identifies other challenges as well, pressing the case for fiscal consolidation, a new growth model, improved governance and programs to buffer against risk.
 
The latest update cautions against adopting piecemeal solutions, noting that the challenges facing the island nation are inter-linked and require a comprehensive and coordinated reform approach.
 
In the end, we also hope this Twitter chat will allow us to learn from you as we begin our preparations for the next SLDU.
 
How can you participate?
Never taken part in a Twitter chat before? It’s simple. Just think of this as an online Q&A. @WorldBankSAsia will moderate the discussion, posing questions to panellists. You are encouraged to join in too! Follow along, retweet and engage. If you have a question, simply tweet it out using the hashtag #SLDU2017. We’ll see it and try to get you some answers.

Bangladesh: Building resilience in the eye of the storm (Part 3/3)

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This is the third of a three-part series, Resilience in the of the Eye of the Storm, on how Bangladesh has become a leader in coastal resilience.
 
Over the years, Bangladesh has taken major strides to reduce the vulnerability of its people to disasters and climate change. And today, the country is at the forefront in managing disaster risks and building coastal resilience.
 
Let’s compare the impact of the Bhola Cyclone of 1970 to the far stronger Cyclone Sidr in 2007. The 1970 cyclone was then the deadliest in Bangladesh’s history, and one of the 10 deadliest natural disasters on record. Official documents indicate that over 300,000 lives were lost, and many believe the actual numbers could be far higher. 
 
By contrast, Sidr was the strongest cyclone to ever make landfall in Bangladesh. This time, fewer than 3,500 people lost their lives. While tragic, this represents about 1% of the lives lost in 1970 or 3% of the nearly 140,000 lost lives in the 1991 cyclone.
 
The cyclones of 1970 and 1991 were unprecedented in scale. Yet, they steered the country into action.

Bangladesh: Building resilience in the eye of the storm (Part 2/3)

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This is the second of a three-part series, "Resilience in the of the Eye of the Storm," on how Bangladesh has become a leader in coastal resilience.

 
With a population of 160 million, Bangladesh is situated at the epicenter of some of the deadliest cyclones the world has ever experienced. Catastrophic events are the norm rather than the exception. A severe tropical cyclone can strike every 3 years and 25% of the land floods annually.
 
The network of the mighty Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna rivers makes its meandering journey through the delta into the Bay of Bengal forming the coast of Bangladesh.
 
The jagged coastline of Bangladesh spans hundreds of miles and is subject to multiple challenges: 62% of the coastal land has an elevation of up to 3 meters and 83% is up to 5 meters above sea level. These low-lying areas are highly vulnerable to natural hazards.
 
Earlier this year, I got a chance to see first-hand the challenges that this demanding landscape had brought onto the communities of a remote coastal village. What struck me most when speaking to members of this coastal community was their courage and resilience. Aware that a calamity can hit anytime, they struggle to protect their livelihoods affected by saltwater intrusion, and their own lives which are increasingly at risk due to rising sea levels, and exposure to more frequent and devastating storms and cyclones.
 
By 2050, the coastal population is projected to grow to 61 million people, whose livelihoods will increasingly be at risk due to the impact of climate change.
 
Triggered by climate change, seawater inundation could become a major problem for traditional agriculture. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (2014), climate-related declines in food productivity will impact livelihoods and exports and increase poverty. In Bangladesh, it is estimated that these factors would cause a net increase in poverty of 15% by 2030.
 
To mitigate against such risks, the government has been investing in strengthening the resilience of the coastal zone. Over the years, Bangladesh has become an example of how protective coastal infrastructure, together with social mobilization and community-based early warning systems, is helping to build resilience.

National Solidarity Programme Transformed Scores of Lives in Kandahar Province

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The National Solidarity Programme (NSP) improved lives of millions of Afghans across rural Afghanistan. NSP's successor, the Citizens’ Charter Afghanistan Project aims to improve the delivery of core infrastructure and social services to participating communities through strengthened development councils. Photo Credit: Rumi Consultancy/World Bank

Not so long ago, 15 years to be exact, I remember when people in the districts of Kandahar used animals to transport their agricultural harvest to the provincial center. There were a few, if any, motorable roads, and we had a limited number of health centers and schools in the province. Most of the infrastructure laid in ruins. But worst of all, the economic condition of the average Afghan was quite bad with little or no access to income, opportunities, and facilities.
 
Things have changed since 2003. While many development projects have been implemented in Kandahar Province, the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) has been one of the most popular and high impact. Running from 2003 to 2016, NSP was implemented in 16 of 17 districts and set up 1,952 Community Development Councils (CDCs), which implemented over 3,300 projects.
 
In Kandahar, communities are very conservative, and, overall, the province is highly traditional. When the program was launched, people in Kandahar were not interested in establishing CDCs through holding elections at the village level.

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