Girls enjoying the Silk Road summer festival in Bamyan, Afghanistan
- In 21012/13, participating farmer cooperatives in Bamyan worked with New Zealand's Agricultural Support Programme (ASP) and achieved a 79 percent increase in average wheat yields and a 24 percent increase in potato yields (over 2011/12 yields).
- Livestock management has improved with a reduction in livestock mortality from 11 percent in 2011/12 to 6.5 percent in 2012/13.
- In 2012 there were 79,715 outpatient consultations at Bamyan Provincial Hospital and the hospital achieved over 80 percent in all Ministry of Health quality care standards (and achieved ISO9001:2009 certification, the International Standard for Quality Management Systems).
- Teacher training has resulted in the upskilling of a third of the teachers in Bamyan, better career pathways 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.
- Health: Several districts of Bamyan are inaccessible due to harsh winter conditions or remoteness. This hampers health service delivery and puts the lives of people, including children and expectant mothers, at risk.
- Education: 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.
- Providing quality health services to people in Bamyan province.
- 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 2013 followed by a further 12-month capacity building period for the Afghan energy utility company that will operate and manage the system.
- The Agricultural Support Programme (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.
- Funding provided through the Aga Khan Foundation supports delivery of basic health services in remote communities and essential hospital services to the Bamyan provincial hospital. New Zealand’s support will end in December 2013.
- New Zealand is funding a teacher training programme which will see 764 teachers complete in-service qualifications between 2011 and July 2015 when the programme finishes. This is delivered by Solidarités Afghanistan Belgique.
- The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) 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 2014.
Bettering Bamyan - 10 years of NZ presence in Afghanistan Province
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Our Story - 10 years of development in Bamyan