Higher Education Development Project (HEDP)

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

I Inactive

Key Information

Afghanistan requires a major increase in the number of university graduates to create a modern, well-educated workforce. In particular, the number of female graduates needs to increase sharply to promote gender equity and empowerment. The Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) consists of the following two components: (i) Higher Education Development Program; and (ii) Program Operations and Technical Support. Both these components will be scaled up under the Additional Financing (AF). The primary activities to be scaled up under the first component are: (i) provision of an additional 150 faculty with scholarships to pursue either Master’s degrees or above in priority disciplines, at least one-third of whom will be female staff; (ii) grants to support an additional 60 research projects, with at least twenty-percent of these projects to be undertaken by female academic staff or teams which include female academics; and (iii) the training of 500 additional faculty in Outcome-Based Education (OBE) and StudentCentered Learning (SCL). The second component will also be scaled up accordingly, to enable the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to accommodate the extension of the closing date by two years and achieve the project objectives. The Project is currently implemented across all 24 public universities and 12 higher education institutes in Afghanistan.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2016 - 2022


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Afghanistan Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Finance


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Post-secondary


  • School quality


  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

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

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms