Afghanistan—Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Development Enterprise (ABADE)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2012-2017

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Afghanistan

Solutions: Economic Growth

ABADE aims to increase domestic and foreign investment, stimulate employment, and improve sales of Afghan products. By funding Afghan businesses that have viable plans and matching funds, ABADE helps these businesses mitigate the financial risk inherent to investing, expanding, and innovating.

ABADE has three components: 1) awarding and managing grants to small and medium businesses and business alliances to support effective planning and innovative ideas, 2) providing technical assistance and business advice, and 3) improving the business enabling environment. Working under a subcontract to IESC, DAI leads the third component by addressing regulatory and procedural barriers, particularly those identified by our partner businesses and alliances.

Sample Activities

  • Conduct assessments and analytical studies driven by the grant applicants.
  • Assist relevant ministries by drafting policy memoranda and regulatory guidelines for specific industries.
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