The USAID Promote: Women in Government internship program at the Afghanistan Institute of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) will conclude a six-month civil service curriculum for 106 interns by mid-December.  Following their classroom training, the interns are slated to begin three-month practical internships in more than 20 ministries and independent government agencies starting in January 2017.

Another 360 interns began their civil service classroom training at the end of October at the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disables (MoLSAMD).  Meanwhile, the recruitment campaign for the next cohort of interns resulted in nearly 6,000 applications from Kabul, Herat and Balkh regional hubs.

Out of 16 graduates of the initial pilot internship program, six received employment offers from the Ministries of Finance, Information and Culture; Labor, Social Affairs and Martyrs, and Public Works as well as the Upper House of the Afghan Parliament. Five graduates currently have jobs at civil service grades 5 and 6.  Another 10 interns are completing the final recruitment process for jobs with the Administrative Office of the President and the Ministry of Public Works. Ms. Sayda Korga, a graduate of the pilot class who works as a librarian with the Ministry of Information and Culture stated, “I achieved my dream job, and this proves to me that other interns will also get their desired jobs.”

As part of the USAID Promote: Women in Government outreach and communications behavior change activities, citizens across the country continued listening to the project’s weekly radio drama, “One Village, a Thousand Voices.” The project produced and aired 27 episodes of the program. The radio series describes how Afghan villagers are changing their behaviors toward empowering women to expresses their problems in village councils and affairs.