VEGA’s Member organizations have vast experience operating in crisis and post-conflict countries, having implemented more than 28 programs in Afghanistan, 38 programs in Pakistan, and 126 programs in Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Sri Lanka.
According to USAID, poverty is linked to authoritarianism and poor governance. Thus, by making contributions to economic growth, we promote opportunities for people to get involved in good governance.
Providing this type of technical assistance can even prevent conflict and mitigate the impact of unexpected strains or natural disasters.
VEGA programs contribute directly to governance reform, global economic integration, and regional peace and security.
We promote private sector development by expanding technical business training and small to medium enterprise (SMEs) growth, particularly at the local and municipal levels.
In fact, the creation of business centers, investment law reform, and strengthening dairy market access are all hallmarks of VEGA programs since 2004.
Private and Public Sector Development
In combination with private sector development, broadening participation of civil society and local government through democratic and governance reforms have further allowed VEGA to make a significant impact on civil society and the public sector in post-conflict countries.
Programs in these countries have spanned the breadth of VEGA Members’ expertise, including:
- Public sector strengthening
- Food security
- Enterprise development
- Access to finance/microfinance
- Climate change
- Women economic empowerment
- Commercial law
IESC – CBCMP Afghanistan
Case Study Summary – In 2008, the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) began the quest for international support for a change management program that would radically change the Ministry structure and style of management. The key goals of the Capacity Building and Change Management Program included: increasing capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture; improving planning, procurement, and personnel systems; and serving the management needs of Afghanistan’s provincial agriculture offices.
This case study looks back at the change management program progress and identifies its greatest accomplishments to date.