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Afghanistan Jobs Creation Program (AJCP)
Central to the USAID/Afghanistan Plan for Transition Strategy is a focus on improving opportunities for private sector-led economic growth to replace donor assistance and increase Government of Afghanistan (GoA) revenue. The Economic Growth Consolidated Project Appraisal Document addresses this broad strategic issue and focuses on strengthening elements of the Afghan economy leading to economic growth, private sector development and increased employment opportunities. The Strategy also recognizes that the GoA’s ability to provide key services is an essential component to achieving economic growth objectives. Therefore, reforms in business enabling environment, support for private sector and employment programs, as well as investments in infrastructure including water, sanitation and hygiene remain paramount as the Mission strategically focuses on supporting Afghanistan’s private sector-led economic growth.
USAID/Afghanistan will seek to fund innovations that accelerate economic growth and diversification, resulting in a massive increase in sustainable employment in Afghanistan.
Deadlines for Concept Papers: July 31, 2017; Oct. 30, 2017; Jan. 30, 2018; May 30, 2018
Areas of Interest
The two overarching objectives of the Afghanistan Jobs Creation Program (AJCP) are:
Objective 1: Generate Revenue and Sustainable Jobs by Supporting Value Chain Development in MSMEs; and
Objective 2: Support Trade Promotion and Facilitate Afghan Businesses in Increasing Exports
Any U.S. or non-U.S. organization, nonprofit or for-profit entity, non-governmental as well as education institution is eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. U.S. and other international entities are encouraged to form partnerships with Afghan entities. USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
.Subject to the availability of funds, the total estimated shared ceiling budgeted for awards to be issued under this APS is $96,000,000. The expected size of each award to be issued under this APS will be between $2,000,000 and $10,000,000