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Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE)

Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) is working principally with the private sector to strengthen the productivity of enterprises for sustained growth and job creation.
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Afghanistan
  • Award Value: $105,000,000
  • VEGA Lead Member: International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
  • Other VEGA Members: Land O'Lakes International Development
  • Objective: To increase domestic and foreign investment, stimulate employment, and improve sales of Afghan products.
  • People Impacted: 2,949
  • Timeline: October 2011 - April 2017
  • Volunteers: 4
ABADE marble mine

ABADE is working with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries to develop a marble sector action plan.

box factory

A worker at a box factory in Afghanistan.

Green Organic

ABADE is supporting vermiculture to develop the local market for compost.

Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises is a USAID Afghanistan program designed to complement other USAID programs focused on improving the business enabling environment, workforce development, and access to finance. ABADE’s alliances with small and medium enterprises can accelerate productivity and job creation by mitigating risk and by leveraging small, catalytic capital with much larger contributions from private companies.

ABADE also is establishing public-private alliances (PPAs) to stimulate innovation-focused initiatives. ABADE mobilizes private sector resources and ideas by encouraging investment and business initiatives through Public-Private Partnerships. Both for-profit and non-profit entities, foreign and domestic, are applying.

Partners should match ABADE funding on at least 1:1 basis. Through this approach, ABADE’s development funds will leverage significantly greater private sector investments to focus on innovation-focused initiatives.

In addition to stimulating investment, ABADE provides business-advisory services, technical assistance, and helps ease regulatory constraints that reduce private-sector competitiveness.

ABADE is working to create the business environments and operating conditions in high priority industry sectors by addressing specific regulatory, administrative, and business development barriers that affect the growth prospects of firms operating in these sectors.

ABADE will focus on key regional economic zones and major population centers, and on any sector that has the potential to generate increased employment. Special attention will be paid to ensuring workplace opportunities will be created for youths and women-owned and led businesses.