Supporting the economic empowerment of Afghan Women through education and training in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Project Description

The programme aims at building resilience and promoting the academic, economic and social empowerment of women in Afghanistan especially vulnerable women living in challenging conditions by enhancing their capabilities, employability and future prospects through education and training. Afghan women will receive education in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Program was launched on 12 November 2019 at the Headquarter of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. Overall, 50 Afghan women obtain higher and professional education by 2025.

Main target group

Afghan women

Expected results by May 2025:

·     50 motivated Afghan women selected, awarded scholarships to pursue degree studies in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and successfully completed their studies;

• Foundation trainings in languages and cultures of the host countries for potential applicants developed and delivered;

• Participating women equipped with adequate employment skill sets to increase their chances of getting decent jobs and withstand potential shocks women experience throughout their career advancement by attending dedicated summer schools, extra-curricular activities and workshops;

• Participating women trained to systematically pursue job opportunities and negotiate with potential employers in public and private sectors.



Project start date:

June 2019

Estimated end date:

May 2025

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Kazakhstan

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • European Commission
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2022 $110,802

    2021 $592,296

    2020 $509,313

    2019 $336,379

    Implementing organisation(s)





    Project budget

    € 2 million


    Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan


    Afghan women empowerment, scholarships for Afghan women, EU-UNDP initiative


    Contract number




    Askhat Zhumabayev

    Project manager, UNDP in Kazakhstan,

    303, Baizakov street, Almaty



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