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A Consultative Workshop on Promoting Youth Employment in Afghanistan is taking place in New Delhi this week. Organized in close cooperation with ILO Country Offices for India and for Afghanistan and with VV Giri National Labour Institute for India, the Workshop has a duration of five days and brought together representatives of ILO’s constituents in Afghanistan and previous participants of the One Year Training Programme.

28 participants, representing the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), and the National Union of Afghan Workers and Employees (NUAWE), have completed the training course and, after taking part in all eight modules, have worked in thematic groups to develop project proposals which will be presented to H.E. the Minister of Labour, the ILO Afghanistan Country Director, and the donor community in Kabul in the coming weeks. Now, 12 participants were selected to take the process one step further and move into the development of a detailed action plan that can be implemented in the country to further advance and maximize the impact of the Project at the local level.

The main objective of the Consultative Workshop on Promoting Youth Employment in Afghanistan is to develop an agenda/work plan for the second phase of the Project “Promoting Rural Youth Employment in Afghanistan through Entrepreneurship Education and Vocational Training”, currently under negotiation.

The next phase of the Project will focus on activities targeted at the final beneficiaries of the project, the Afghan youth, with special attention being devoted to maximizing the inclusion of vulnerable groups such as women (especially young women), internally displaced persons, and returnees.

Building on the achievements of Phase I of the Project, the activities of the second phase will focus mainly on three areas of intervention: Entrepreneurship promotion, Women empowerment (especially through cooperatives in the agricultural sector), and Vocational education.