Posts By Petra Dunne

Notes from the Field

Securing a Place for Afghan Women in the Workplace

March 5, 2014

In one month, Afghanistan will hold presidential elections in a critical transition year faced with the drawdown of the remaining international security forces in the country, the growing insurgency, and the impact these events will have on the nation’s economy.

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Herat Dialogue Raises Tough Questions on Afghanistan’s Security

November 6, 2013

On Oct. 5-6, 2013, The Asia Foundation sent a delegation to participate in the second Herat Security Dialogue, an annual international event organized by the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS). The dialogue brings domestic, regional, and international security experts…

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Notes from the Field

Hope for Afghanistan’s Women Entrepreneurs?

August 7, 2013

As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan nears, concern is increasing that the fragile, hard-fought gains made by Afghan women will be rolled back. The World Bank has said the decline in foreign spending that comes with the shift will have a “profound and lasting impact” on Afghanistan’s economy. These realities will present even greater challenges for Afghanistan’s small group of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a key economic driver of Afghanistan’s development. They constitute approximately 75 percent of the labor force and generate over 50 percent of GDP.

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