Since 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has been supporting the Women’s Centre to create an enabling environment for women to acquire skills, build their networks, and promote their collective actions to facilitate women’s entry into the market economy. With support from U.S. Embassy in Kabul, so far, ICAWED trained more than 400 businesswomen and girls with potential business ideas. Our alumni have played incredible role in creating job opportunities for Afghan men and women.





This program is part of the larger 10,000 Women initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation that supports partnerships between business education programs in the United States and Europe, and business schools in emerging economies.

In addition to training in business and management, the women are given access to a resource center on AUAF’s campus, where there are computers, books and meeting space available for their use during the course, and after they have completed the training. Women also have access to mentors, opportunities for internships and networking events. As a result of this training, participants gain higher levels of financial self-sustainability and are able to further contribute to the development of the Afghan economy.



After the Taliban regime ended in 2001, Afghanistan needed significant investment to develop its higher education sector, and access to liberal arts education remained limited. To address this need, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the Ministry of Higher Education, Afghan business leaders, and private donors in Afghanistan and abroad to establish the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) in 2006.



The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) is a non-partisan public-private partnership that convenes governments, civil society and the private sector around the goal of supporting Afghan women and girl’s education, healthcare, economic empowerment and leadership.The Council leverages public and private resources to advance member-driven initiatives and highlights the experiences and needs of Afghan women and girls.