Success story: Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion program in Afghanistan

Posted on 1 Dec, 2017 by Dr. Ilona Schadl

In late 2014, GIZ launched the Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion program (SEDEP) that is implemented in six Northern Provinces of Afghanistan: Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar. The program aims to create new jobs, and increase income and business opportunities for the rural population through the design, facilitation, and implementation of commercially viable agricultural value chains enhanced with rural infrastructure projects. The program is built on three main components: the promotion of agricultural value chains (implemented by GFA), the implementation of small infrastructure projects, and working to improve the relations between the public and private sectors. It can be argued that in the past, jobs created by international organizations tended to be only temporary and clearly not sustainable without the continuation of aid support.

>> For detailed information about SEDEP please download our factsheet

>> Video documentary report about the Baghlan region

>> Click here for the success story about milk production from BMZ

>>  Enjoy a short video about this project from GIZ which shows the components implemented by GFA