Decent Work

Third Development Cooperation Progress Report of Bringing decent work to rural households of Northern provinces of Afghanistan

The implementation in 2017 has led to several successful interventions that the project would like to consolidate and consider for scaling up and replication in the next phase. The project invested in building many partnerships with key market actors and players and poor women and men made a total net income of USD1 882 989. There were 247 full time jobs created (120 women and 127 men). There were 48 402 improved jobs in all interventions in the year under review. The lesson learnt is that full participation and inclusiveness of stakeholders is time-consuming and therefore requires strong and mutual commitment. The project invested more in building the capacity of local consultants and ended up with 3 local business development services (BDS) companies set up to support Road to Jobs (R2J) project implementation. Two of those companies have competencies in monitoring, evaluation and market research and the third one in entrepreneurship development and enterprise management. There was greater investment in private sector partnerships which saw offtakers making USD81 169, middlemen USD45 030 and workers USD70 681 as net incomes during the year.

The overall goal of the Road to Jobs project is More and better jobs in selected Northern Provinces contribute to improved livelihoods and poverty reduction.
The project aims at addressing the underlying causes of poor market systems performance in selected agricultural sub-sectors.