Initiative to Allow Afghan Women to Study in Neighbouring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

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Key Information

With the support of the European Union, UNDP has begun an initiative to allow Afghan women to study in neighbouring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The initiative aims to provide educational opportunities for Afghan women, who face far greater barriers than men to education and employment. The European Union provided a €2 million grant for the initiative, which will be implemented by UNDP over seven years. Fifty students will study for Bachelor’s, Master’s and technical degrees in agriculture, applied statistics and mining at academic establishments across Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Europe & Central Asia, South Asia

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2019 - 2025


Ministry Affiliation



European Union

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Post-secondary


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Financial literacy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


17 - 30

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Tertiary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Reducing economic barriers

  • Financial literacy training
  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms