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Afganistan Skills Development Project:

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received a grant from the International Development Agency (IDA) and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) for the Afghanistan Skills Development Project (ASDP). The said project aims to establish a high quality, equitable, market-responsive and cost-effective technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in order to increase the number of immediately employable Afghan graduates. The ASDP is a multi-functional project managed through four components, and executed by different government agencies, namely: Committee of Education and Skills Policy (CESP) chaired by the Vice President; Deputy Ministry of TVET (DMTVET) at the Ministry of Education (MoE); and National Skills Development Program (NSDP) at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD). The DMTVET implements Component # 2 of the ASDP project, which is comprised of: (a) establishment of the NIMA; (b) institution-based reform packages; and (c) management reforms in DMTVET. NIMA aims to be a model TVET institute for management and administration, accounting, and information technology.

The project development objective (PDO) of the Skills Development Project of Afghanistan is to increase the number of immediately-employable graduates by building, in stages, a high quality Technical Vocation and Education Training (TVET) system that is equitable, market responsive, and cost-effective. This above project development objective is to be operationalized through the project components described below: Component 1: Develop Regulatory and Quality Assurance Framework for TVET which will create the necessary institutional conditions for a quality TVET system that is demand driven and oriented towards labor market needs; Component 2: Improve Relevance, Quality and Efficiency of TVET which will improve the relevance, quality and efficiency of TVET programs, and to increase the number of graduates from these programs, through the establishment of a new institute, and by undertaking rehabilitation and reforms of a select number of other institutions. Initially, training programs will be contracted out to experienced, national and international training institutions through partnership arrangements; Component 3: Skills Development Program and Market Linkages with a Rural Focus which aims to support a slice of the on-going activities by the National Skills Development Program, and build the capacity within National Skill Development Program (NSDP) and Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Martyred and Disabled (MOLSAMD) to undertake reforms in technical and vocational training, labor market assessments, and to strengthen industrial and market linkages; and Component 4: Research, Monitoring & Evaluation which will provide routine, timely, and accurate information on program implementation and allow for the measurement o f longer term impacts and independent research.

Second Skills Development Project:

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has received a grant from the International Development Agency (IDA) and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) for the Second Afghanistan Skills Development Project (ASDPII). The said project aims to establish a high quality, equitable, market-responsive and cost-effective technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system in order to increase the number of immediately employable Afghan graduates. The ASDP is a multi-functional project managed through four components. The project aims to address all the above issues through the following components:

(a)     Component 1: Strengthening of the TVET institutional system

(b)     Component 2: Improving performance of TVET Schools and Institutes

(c)     Component 3: Improving Teacher Competencies

(d)     Component 4: Project Management, M&E and Public Awareness

The objective of the Second Skills Development Project for Afghanistan is to increase the potential for employment and higher earnings of graduates from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools and institutes through improvements in the skills delivery system. The grant will help finance the costs associated with reforms in, and improvement of, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training sector in Afghanistan, with particular attention to deepening of the institutional systems. The level of skills in Afghanistan is low and formal training for mid-level skills competence, though it exists, is not standardized and/or benchmarked to acceptable sub-regional or regional standards. The support will respond to the situation through: a) strengthening and improving the overall institutional system, b) providing incentives for development of TVET schools and institutes in that provide formal technical training; c) training of technical teachers; and d) developing labor market information systems and Management Information System (MIS) to monitor the whole sector. All these interventions will be underpinned, and informed by robust linkages between the training providers and the labor market. The strength and relevance of the project lies in it being market-oriented, with a pivotal role for the private sector in management and decision-making in the skills delivery system.