Assistance in Building Afghanistan
by Developing Enterprises

Helping to make Afghanistan self-reliant by creating jobs and supporting sustainable business growth

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have the potential to be a key economic driver of Afghanistan’s development. However, Afghan business owners struggle to obtain the capital, management advice and equipment needed to grow their businesses. Led by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Land O’Lakes is providing technical assistance and advisory support to SMEs and Public-Private Alliances (PPAs) to solve technical issues related to market access, production, access to finance and achievement of quality standards.

ABADE works to enhance the productivity of enterprises focused on sustainable growth and job creation. It does this by strengthening PPAs and innovation alliances through awards to SMEs and by encouraging private investment. The program also improves the business climate by addressing specific regulatory and procedural barriers that affect the competitiveness of partners. Designed to compliment other USAID business-enabling programs in Afghanistan, ABADE’s objectives are to increase domestic and foreign investment, stimulate employment and improve sales of Afghan products.