Phase 2: Supporting the economic empowerment of Afghan Women through education and training in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

Programme Development Objective

The overall objective is to enhance human capacity development of women in Afghanistan.

Main target group

Afghan women

Programme Partners

Programme is being implemented in close cooperation with UN Women, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Ministries of Education and academic institutions in the respective programme countries

Programme Launch

November 2021

Programme Specific Objectives

1: Improved higher education and TVET outgoing learning mobility system for women in Afghanistan.

2: Improved involvement of Afghan women, including a quota of women with disabilities and from remote rural areas, in higher education and TVET outgoing learning mobility programmes.

3: Enhanced employability of women participating in the higher education and TVET outgoing learning mobility programme.

Expected outcomes by May 2027:

·     105 motivated Afghan women will receive the scholarship, study in host countries and graduate from host universities as young professionals with full set of knowledge and skills;

• Foundation courses on academic language training and cultural studies developed and delivered to scholarship recipients;

• Organisation of extracurricular trainings, such as Summer and Winter Schools in partnership with UN Women, to help Afghan women develop their leadership and communication skills. Additional soft-skills trainings are expected to help women pursue desired job opportunities, develop eye-catching CVs and cover-letters, thus increasing their chances for decent employment.

Implementing organisation(s)




Project budget

€ 4 million


Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyz Republic


Afghan women empowerment,

scholarships for Afghan women,

EU-UNDP initiative

Contract number



Askhat Zhumabayev

Project manager, UNDP in Kazakhstan,

303, Baizakov street, Almaty





Project start date:

January 2021

Estimated end date:

December 2026

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 $266,146

    2021 $7,490

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