USAID’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program is closing on June 30, 2017; however, only a few of its staff members will remain accessible till August 15, 2017.
Launched in October 2012, ABADE worked principally with the private sector to strengthen the productivity of enterprises for sustained growth and job creation.
Designed to complement other USAID programs focused on improving the business enabling environment, workforce development, and access to finance, the Program helped increase domestic and foreign investment, stimulate employment and improve sales of Afghan products.
ABADE’s public-private alliances (PPAs) with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) were intended to accelerate productivity and job creation by mitigating risk, and by leveraging small, catalytic capital with much larger contributions from private companies.
ABADE has supported more than 500 small and medium sized enterprises in creating almost 18,000 jobs, and generating up to $300 million investment.