Tajik, Iranian officials meet on railroads to connect Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China
Today some 300 young women from high schools in Jalalabad, Mehtarlam and Asadabad received certificates after completing the Taraqi Saba, or “Development for Tomorrow,” business training course arranged by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East and West (IDEA-NEW) Project.
Afghanistan’s rural Ghazni Province usually appears on the news radar only to herald a tragedy: Five Polish soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb days before Christmas. A group of armed men accused a widow and her daughter of adultery in November and stoned the pair before shooting them in front of their home.
India the largest regional provider of humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Afghanistan is proposing what may become Afghanistan’s biggest foreign investment: $11 billion to build an iron mine, steel mill and railroad. India has already played a vital role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan in the past one decade after the fall of the Taliban regime, having spent $1.5 billion on Afghan roads, power lines, schools and the parliament.
Earlier this year, a century-old wasteland of limestone and red dirt in south-west Nigeria was transformed into the biggest cement plant in Africa. The $1bn (£626m) Ibese plant will produce 6m tonnes of cement a year – expanding to 12m – cement that will quickly be swallowed up by the huge demands of Nigeria's construction boom.
Much of the talk at these events is about inequality. It's widely recognised that the MDGs, by focusing on targets that are about average attainment, have done little to tackle all kinds of social inequalities. If your aim is just to halve the percentage of the population who live on less than $1 a day, for example, you can do that and exclude whole communities who face discrimination based on ethnicity, race or gender.
WASHINGTON — The management at a company that does aid and development work for the American government knows that some of its employees in Afghanistan are keeping weapons in their rooms — and is choosing to look the other way. At another company in the same business, lawyers are examining whether the company can sue the United States Agency for International Development for material breach of contract, citing the deteriorating security in Afghanistan.
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