Girls enjoying the Silk Road summer festival in Bamyan, Afghanistan
- In 2013/14, the household income of the 700 families targeted under our Agricultural Support Programme (ASP) has increased from AFN 194,258 to AFN 255,306 (19% increase) since 2011/12.
- Bamyan farmers now have a potato storage facility and packhouse, which stored over 400 tonnes of potatoes in 2013/14.
- Construction of 1MW renewable energy infrastructure was substantially completed in December 2013 and has been providing power since, to approximately 1,500 customers.
- Teacher training has resulted in the upskilling of a third of the teachers in Bamyan, provided better career opportunities for these teachers and improved participation by girls in schooling.
- Between 2004 and 2013 the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), funded by the Aid Programme, built roads, bridges, flood protection measures, education-related buildings, wells and supplied a wide range of assistance to people to improve their everyday lives.
New Zealand commitment in Afghanistan
New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by the New Zealand International Development Policy Statement and the New Zealand Aid Programme’s Sector Priorities 2012-15.
Focus areas include:
- Sustainable economic opportunities: Despite 95 percent of the Bamyan population being engaged in agricultural production, productivity is low by world standards. Household incomes are as low as US$2,798 per year and people face regular food shortages in some areas. Additionally, lack of electricity has constrained economic development, such as manufacturing industries.
- Education: As at 2011, 38 percent of contracted teachers in Afghanistan do not have Year 12 qualifications and only 16 percent have a Year 14 teacher training qualification or a bachelor degree.
- Human rights: Violence against women and girls is exceptionally high in Afghanistan with up to 87.2 percent of women having experienced some form of violence as well as forced and early marriage (UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka – 22 October 2013).
Our priorities include:
- Strengthening the agricultural sector in Bamyan province to increase incomes and improve food security.
- Constructing a renewable energy system in Bamyan town to provide affordable and reliable electricity and supporting the Afghan energy utility company to operate and maintain it.
- Providing unqualified in-service teachers in Bamyan province with a recognised teaching qualification.
- Increasing recognition of and preservation of human rights for all in Afghanistan.
- The construction of Afghanistan’s largest solar energy system (1MW) in Bamyan will improve the enabling environment for economic opportunities in Bamyan town. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014 followed by a further 12-month capacity building period for the Afghan energy utility company that will operate and manage the system.
- The ASP in Bamyan is supporting agricultural initiatives to lift farm productivity and build agri-business opportunities. The ASP is being implemented in partnership with the UK Department for International Development and will finish in December 2014. A three year follow on programme is under design.
- New Zealand is funding a teacher training programme which will see 907 teachers complete in-service qualifications between 2011 and July 2015 when the programme finishes. This is delivered by the NGO Solidarités Afghanistan Belgique.
- Support to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) which is dedicated to the preservation of human rights and the investigation of human rights abuses. New Zealand’s funding to the AIHRC will end in April 2015.
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Our Story - 10 years of development in Bamyan