Multi-Input Area Development - Global Development Alliance (MIAD GDA)


  • Implementation period: March 2013 – March 2018
  • Project budget: $61 million

The Multi-Input Area Development Global Development Alliance is a partnership between the Aga Khan Development Network and USAID to improve the quality of life in Afghanistan's Badakhshan Province by strengthening health, education, livelihoods and governance. The project links the public and private sector to promote long-term social and economic development. USAID and Aga Khan are each investing $30.5 million to fund the project.


This partnership advances two broad components:

  • Social development activities: Training and guidance for Badakhshan residents on health, including improving healthcare infrastructure and access to safe drinking water; education, supporting training for provincial and district education departments, teacher training colleges  and the promotion of girl’s education; agriculture, training farmers on cultivating fodder crops, and providing women with opportunities to market agricultural products. 
  • Strategic investments: Utilize resources from the private sector investment to fund social development activities over the long term and provide jobs to alleviate the poverty in the region. The program also explores investment opportunities in the agribusiness, energy and telecommunications sectors. 


  • Conducted over 30 public health promotion trainings programs for community and government groups in Ishkashim district.
  • Assisted 16 district education departments and other learning facilities to implement national education policies.
  • Supported 13 farmer field schools in the districts of Jurm, Khash, Warduj, Arghanjkhwah, Ishkashim, Zebak, Wakhan, Shughnan, Maimai, Nusai, Shekai, and Koofab, which helped 360 local male and female farmers apply new agricultural technologies on their land.
  • Established a seasonal agriculture research farm at the Baharak Agriculture Institute (BAI).
  • Trained 90 men and 45 women attending BAI in cultivation methods to improve vegetable yields.
  • Established a Women’s Resource Center in Baharak district to provide training and technical support to women in embroidery, weaving, and handicraft production.
  • Enrolled 1,195 men and 571 women in newly launched English and Information Technology courses at Badakhshan University in Faizabad, and teacher training colleges in Ishkashim and Darwaz (Nusai). They are expected to graduate in late 2015.

Last updated: September 14, 2015

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