Women in the Economy (WIE) is a task order under Promote with a focus on both private sector and workforce development. WIE will provide thousands of women with the skills, voice, and resources to contribute to Afghanistan’s economic development and poverty reduction goals as well as to influence service delivery, education, and workplace policies to respond to the needs of women in the economy.
Through WIE, DAI assists women-owned businesses and businesses that hire women to perform better, increasing income growth and sustainability of these businesses. Providing technical assistance, industry-specific business skills training and improved access to markets are WIE key services for leveraging growth in the private sector. DAI also supports the development of business service providers (BSPs) in regional markets that are affordable for Afghan SMEs, meet local needs, and deliver quality services aligned with international best practices.
To help female jobseekers, DAI supports educated women between the ages of 18 and 30 in finding new or better jobs through career counseling, workplace skills development, and technical skills training based on market demand. This is done by partnering with local educational, vocational, and technical training providers to deliver services, and by funding scholarships for training and certification programs. The project also supports internships, apprenticeships, and job placement services that give women the opportunity to gain work experience, prove their capabilities to employers, and secure new or better positions. WIE also incentivizes companies to improve workplace environments for women.