Transforming Afghanistan’s Future.

“I overcame lifelong challenges and now feel more confident to talk with other employees, work together with them in teams, and complete an assigned task."

Bakht Mina*, internship program participant

Following the civil service portion of the program, interns take part in a three-month leadership training, where they learn critical leadership development skills. Interns build self-confidence as well as life skills to enhance their capabilities and enable them to lead effectively. Interns then complete a three-month practicum, where they are embedded in government offices, ministries, or independent agencies to understand how the government manages its public service delivery. This gives them a chance to learn office procedures and apply their newly acquired skills.

Program graduates receive completion certificates that are equivalent to one year of work experience, which is a requirement for government employment. In addition, graduates continue to receive support as they apply for vacant positions.

The internship program is active in all five provinces of Afghanistan, with the largest class of interns in the capital, Kabul. Program graduates are equipped with knowledge and skills to help them pass the Afghan Civil Service entrance exams, and many graduates are hired into positions with leadership and management potential.

Intern Today, Government Employee Tomorrow

Women like Bakht Mina are living proof of the impact the program has on the lives of Afghan women. After her internship, Bakht was hired as a planning manager in the Administrative Office of the President of Afghanistan. She can even see herself holding a ministerial position in the government one day.

“I overcame lifelong challenges and now feel more confident to talk with other employees, work together with them in teams, and complete an assigned task,” she says.

2,400

young women enrolled

160

interns have graduated from the program

55

graduates have gained employment in Afghan Civil Service

Enthusiasm for the program is widespread. As Massoda Karaokhi, a female member of parliament in Herat, said, “I am very happy witnessing that young women who joined this program are passing a transparent and serious examination process. So far, our male colleagues have developed policies, strategies, and plans for us. Now let’s develop plans for ourselves in order to achieve more positive impact in government service delivery.”

Since the beginning of WIG, more than 2,400 interns have been enrolled overall. As of September 2017, more than 160 interns have completed the program, and 55 interns have gained employment in the Afghan Civil Service, with more expected to join as their 12-month internships come to an end.

Program participants are excited and optimistic about their futures. As one intern reported, “I am an intern today and will be a civil servant employee tomorrow. The internship program gives me the hope and motivation to be a future government leader soon after completing the one-year internship program.”

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