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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.