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Research for content digitization – professional development and pedagogy skills

Jan 10, 2021 – Mar 31, 2021

The Afghanistan Quality Learning (AQL) project led by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) is improving the quality and relevance of education in rural areas by supporting interventions at the school, district, provincial, and national levels that strengthen academic supervision, promote teacher development, and improve learning environments. The project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and co-implemented by Save the Children and CARE Afghanistan.

TAGHEER Mosbat is contracted by AKF to conduct a literature review of the available professional development content and assessment reports to develop short scripts from National curriculum on school administration, academic supervision, and pedagogy skills. The content later will be filmed to form a digital library; all based on validation of the professional development needs of school education and administration staff followed by the feedback and approval of the Ministry of Education – Afghanistan.

This effort by TAGHEER, AQL, and MoE aims to supporting the educational institutions at the national and sub-national levels for lasting services that enhance their performance and work quality.

Final Evaluation of the Strategic Partnership Project

Dec 02, 2020 – Jan 22, 2021

Oxfam in Afghanistan has commissioned TAGHEER Mosbat to conduct the final evaluation of its Strategic Partnership project – which supports the protection, relief, and recovery components of the Afghanistan National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.

This evaluation assesses the results of the Strategic Partnership project led by Oxfam over five years, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and implemented in six provinces through 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

The theory-based mixed-methods approach will utilize key informant interviews, focus group discussions, stories of change, and systematic analysis to substantiate outcome cases. Emergent themes identified through discussion groups and interviews will guide ongoing review of literature to determine outcome sufficiency.

The Evaluation Team will deliver a comprehensive final report and debriefing session with Oxfam and its partners to validate research findings and facilitate an interactive discussion of lessons learned, future opportunities, and concrete action steps to integrate best practices into Oxfam’s programming.

Study on Exploring Synergies between Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) and Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA)

Dec 01, 2020 – Jan 06, 2021

The Asia Foundation (TAF) is supporting the Regional Cooperation Directorate (RCD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for leading the country’s efforts in promoting regional cooperation with neighboring countries on economy, politics, security, agricultural development, women empowerment, poverty reduction, access to water / energy transmission, trade facilitation, and countering narcotics via two big regional cooperation initiatives; RECCA & The HoA – IP as separate and parallel platforms to promote stabilization in Afghanistan and South and Central Asian Countries since 2005 and 2011 respectively.

TAGHEER is contracted by TAF and WADAN to explore and understand the synergies between both cooperation initiatives and inform a policy level discussion within senior Government peers by understanding the commonalities and complementarities of the two Processes and to guide the Government approach towards a more robust regional economic and social integration.  TAGHEER is carrying out key informant interviews with high-level government officials and facilitating a strategy workshop to undertake this study, which will also inform the decision of senior Government officials mainly of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if the two Processes need to be merged and can be unified under the umbrella of the RCD.

Final evaluation of Peace by Piece Project

Nov 15, 2020 – Feb, 2021

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international conflict transformation NGO Headquartered in Washington DC – USA with 52 field offices in 35 countries. Search is implementing Peace by Piece project (PBP) in Afghanistan with community driven & locally-rooted approaches to achieve peace in Afghanistan.

Search contracted TAGHEER Mosbat to carry out the final evaluation of this 24-month program implemented in five provinces of Afghanistan. TAGHEER will evaluate this project for effectiveness against the set targets / objectives and ToC  and to capture lessons learned and share best practices across project locations, gender, and project interventions to inform future programing.

TAGHEER adapted a mixed study approach to include a comprehensive desk review while speaking to more than 500 beneficiaries and stakeholders using surveys, KIIs, and FGDs to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. This cross-sectional study focused on iterative data gathering will validate the project achievements & gaps, and will provide actionable recommendations. Triangulation will be used to ensure the reliability of information and to increase the quality, integrity and credibility of the evaluation findings and conclusions.

Through this intervention, we are also supporting Search for a few Immediate and intermediate Afghan Peace priorities in the years to come.

TPM Services for Reintegration and Social Protection to people with specific needs

Aug 15, 2020 – Mar 31, 2022

PARSA is implementing a 2-years Capacity Building Program for Reintegration and Social Protection in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Kandahar, and Herat provinces. This program is a pilot project to provide individualized support to returnees to mitigate specific challenges to reintegrating safely into Afghan society.

As part of the pilot project, PARSA will establish the PARSA Family Village (PFV), a residence for returnees. PARSA will also establish a national training institute in Kabul Marastoon (Helping hand) at the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in order to roll-out the reintegration support to the four Marastoons in Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, and Nangarhar, and in cooperation with government entities.

TAGHEER is commissioned to undertake the third party monitoring (TPM) services to PARSA to report on the pathways for returnees with specific needs to safely and successfully reintegrate into Afghan society as a result of the psychosocial assistance and economic engagement tools provided by PARSA and partners to enable the returnees successfully reintegrate into the Afghan society.

TAGHEER as part of this long term engagement will also review the project training programs and internal case management tracking system, and will report if the program is meeting the intended outcomes or if recommendations are needed to improve the implementation strategies and approaches.

End-line Evaluation of Emergency Protection, Education and Wash Assistance for IDPs and Returnees

Jul 7, 2020 – Aug 25, 2020

The Japan Platform “JPF” is an international emergency humanitarian aid organization which offers the most effective and prompt emergency aid in response to global developments, focusing on issues of refugees and natural disasters across 47 nations including Afghanistan.

One of the JPF partner NGO; Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) supported Internally displaced people and Afghan Returnees in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces for  Emergency Protection, Education and Wash Assistance to assist them for immediate life support including clean water and sanitation, primary education, and women empowerment for better livelihood and rights awareness.

JPF engaged TAGHEER Mosbat to evaluate the effectiveness of this project. TAGHEER in consultation with JPF and SVA developed the evaluation framework and tools, conducted surveys, KIIs, and IDIs with project beneficiaries and stakeholders to verify the project accountability for work accomplishment and and quality. The completed work was assessed against the project log frame indicators. TAGHEER submited the evaluation report to JPF and SVA and highlighted the field findings, successes, gaps, and lessons learned for adaptation and improvement of WASH, Community based Education, and Women / Child Protection Programs in future.

Mid-term Evaluation of Livelihood Improvement Program

April 3 – July 15, 2020

DACAAR is implementing a 3-years Rural Development project in Faryab province to contributes to quality of life for most-at-risk groups such as women & youth-headed HH and disabled.  The program aims to improve health, livelihoods and quality of life on a sustainable basis among targeted communities in Faryab. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for interventions on WASH, Natural resources management, Small enterprises development, & Women’s Empowerment.

TAGHEER Mosbat, a Research and M&E firm was contracted by DACAAR to conduct the mid-term evaluation of this livelihood improvement project to review the community resilience, capacity and livelihoods options having improved in Faryab. The aim of the mid-term review was to assess, at the midpoint, whether and to what extent DACAAR’s programs are on the right track, and meet the expectations.

TAGHEER adopted a cross-sectional evaluation design and surveyed 350 project beneficiaries (men and women including community elders, women, disabled and other vulnerable persons), interviewed 32 Key informants,  conducted 24 in-depth interviews in communities and collected 3 personal stories of change appreciated by the NFMA livelihood improvement program. This study was conducted in 4 selected districts of Faryab Province, where relevant government stakeholders at provincial and district level were interviewed. Other opinions supported the evaluation report were DACAAR staff and the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul to triangulate/validate the field findings and to share key learning take-away for improving future programming. TAGHEER completed all deliverables and received an acknowledgement letter from DACAAR.

Final evaluation of Every Voice Counts (EVC) is a global program

Mar 11 – Oct 01, 2020

which is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is being implemented by CARE since 2016 in Burundi, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, this project aims to increase women’s meaningful participation in local decision-making process including Community Development Councils (CDC) and to improve their accessibility to justice and quality of education and health services.

TAGHEER conducted this study using the Outcome Harvesting approach for data collection in field including household / beneficiary surveys (around 300), key informant interviews (46), and in-depth interviews (36) to understand and report the stakeholders/partners/beneficiaries’ Capacity, Advocacy efforts, and Governance score to assess inclusive service delivery in targeted communities. The surveys were conducted following random sampling model, the KIIs were administered having considered a representative sample from the project stakeholders and partners using purposive sampling. The IDIs as an alternative option to Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were conducted with a broad range of project beneficiaries and stakeholders to enrich the qualitative evidence relating to assess the DAC criteria. The final report produced by TAGHEER for Afghanistan will serve as an input for the global evaluation report of EVC program in 6 other countries.

Mid-term Review of Amplify Change Project – Supporting Women Rights in Afghanistan

Jan 27, Mar 26, 2020

OXFAM is implementing Amplify Change, a 5-year project supporting Women’s Rights in Herat, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces. The project is funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The project is supporting Afghan women and girls to participate more effectively in decision-making about their society by engaging and empowering them to use their legal rights.

OXFAM awarded TAGHEER to conduct the mid-term evaluation of this project to assess the project intermediate and immediate outcome indicators as a result of the accomplished activities from May 2017 to Jan, 2020.

TAGHEER conducted the evaluation comprised of literature review and around 400 structured survey, KIIs, and FGDs with more than 500 direct and in-direct beneficiaries to triangulate/validate and strengthen the evaluation findings, reflected in the evaluation report, which reflected the perspectives of women and girls and their living experiences in challenging the unequal gender and power relations in Balkh and Herat provinces.

TAGHEER also reviewed the strategies and assumptions of the project in relation to its theory of change, identified key lessons, and provided recommendations to OXFAM in Afghanistan and Canada, and GAC for improving the project implementation in future.

Monitoring Report for Mitigating Drought Impact Through Agricultural Assistance in Bamyan

Nov 15, 2019 – Mar 31, 2020

The Japan Platform “JPF” is an international emergency humanitarian aid organization which offers the most effective and prompt emergency aid in response to global developments, focusing on issues of refugees and natural disasters across 47 nations including Afghanistan.

One of the JPF partner NGO; Church World Service Japan (CWS Japan) supported Internally displaced people and Afghan returnees, and residents in Bamyan province for the development of the irrigation equipment, cash for work and alternative livelihood (Poultry Farming). Through these activities the farmland was expected to recover for effective use with the limited water resources, the lives of the farmers would be improved by an increased amount of farm crops as a result f better irrigation and the income through labor while working in the farmland. Moreover, the alternative means of livelihood generated through the transfer of poultry farming techniques would go to women, helping to mitigate the impact of decreased incomes due to the drought.

JPF engaged TAGHEER Mosbat to monitor and verify the project log frame indicators and activities accomplished by CWS and the quality of their work. TAGHEER in consultation with JPF and CWS develop the monitoring framework and tools, conduct surveys, KIIs, and FGD, to verify the project accomplishments, work accountability, and quality. The projects was assessed against the project log frame indicators. TAGHEER submitted the monitoring reports to JPF and CWS to highlight the field findings, successes, gaps, and lessons learned for adaptation and improvement of future program strategy, while supporting IDPs and Returnees in Afghanistan.

USAID Funded Sustainability Evaluation of the CSOs and Policy / Advocacy Networks

Aug 4 – Feb 06, 2019

Counterpart International (CPI) has implemented a six-year Afghan Civic Engagement program (ACEP) funded by USAID in partnership with Internews, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).

ACEP among many other activities created the Afghanistan Institute of Civil Society (AICS) to run a certification program for partner NGOs / CSOs and build their capacity for better organizational performance and program implementation. ACEP also created a number of technical working groups and organizational structures comprised of Parliamentarians, Civil Society, and Youth to promote the role of Civic Engagement at the National Government level through lobbying and policy reform. CPI now desires to investigate the sustainability and effectiveness of ACEP activities particularly the AICS Certification / Capacity building program and the Civic engagement Advocacy by the technical working groups beyond the project funding.

TAGHEER evaluated the sustainability of the project created structures including the AICS and its achievements for the certification program and capacity building services offered to the ACEP Regional and Provincial Partners and CSOs; 67 in total.  A mixed-method evaluation consisting a survey (quantitative component) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) as well as Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), which constitute the qualitative component, were conducted with selected study participants. Quantitative data were collected from 33 Provincial CSO Partners (PCPs), 20 AICS-certified CSOs and 5 Regional CSO Partners (RCPs) to understand their organizational and financial sustainability structure as a result of ACEP program support/contribution to these entities. For the qualitative component, 7 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were conducted with the 7 supported policy working groups / networks while a Key Informant Interview (KII) was conducted with the Executive Director of AICS. The data collected were collated, analyzed and triangulated to identify areas of consistency and divergence.

The findings of the study and the responses of the participating networks highlighted key lessons that can be learned and incorporated into the design of future civil society strengthening programs. In a number of instances, the CSOs and networks were found operational, motivated, and sustainable except for the future prognosis of the Emerging Civil Society Leaders network and the Advocacy Group for the National Budget was less clear for both programmatic and financial sustainability.

DFID funded final evaluation of the ACCESS program

Nov 1, 2019 – Jan 15, 2019

AKF-A in collaboration with IDLG implemented a DFID funded Accountable, Citizen-Centered, Sub-National Governance Strengthening Initiative (ACCESS) in six Northern and Central provinces of Afghanistan. The program developed, tested and modifyied approaches for linking Community Development Councils with District and Provincial government, to deliver better health, education and other social services. The project also built the capacity of SNG actors with the skills and tools to institutionalize good governance practices and deliver inclusive, improved, citizen-centered public services aligned with the Citizen’s Charter and in line with Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).

TAGHEER conducted the final evaluation of this project. TAGHEER adapted a mixed method evaluation approach comprised of Document Review, Key Informant Interviews with stakeholders at national and sub-national levels including communities, Focus Group Discussions with Community stakeholders, and Administration of Household and SNG stakeholders Survey by AKF. In total, 89 Stakeholders interviews through KIIs, 352 Stakeholders interviews through FGDs, 1,927 HH Survey, and 65 Stakeholders / SNG Surveys were conducted / administered during the evaluation exercise by TAGHEER.

The evaluation revealed that the models and activities incorporated by AKF-A were implemented by the project teams in cooperation with SNG institutions across the project areas and filled a very important gap for missing good governance and community inclusion in the local government and their decisions; however, the early wind-up of this project didn’t allow AKF-A to complete the planned activities.

TAGHEER underpinned the stakeholders’ capacity and evaluated the project against DAC criteria, and shared policy learning for future programing as well as provided actionable recommendations to AKF and suggested approaches to scaling up and strengthening governance processes by deepening democracy to holding public institutions accountable for their activities in the targeted provinces.

Japan Platform (JPF) funded Third Party Monitoring (TPM) in Afghanistan

Nov 15, 2019 – Mar 31, 2020

The Japan Platform “JPF” is an international emergency humanitarian aid organization which offers the most effective and prompt emergency aid in response to global developments, focusing on issues of refugees and natural disasters across 47 nations including Afghanistan.

JPF supported the people of Afghanistan particularly Internally displaced people “IDP” and Afghan Returnees from Pakistan through a portfolio of seven (07) different projects implemented by Japanese NGOs namely Shanti Volunteer Association “SVA”, Peace Winds Japan “PWJ”, and Church World Services “CWS”  to assist them for immediate life support including safe food, cash for work, clean water and sanitation, and primary education for their children.

JPF engaged TAGHEER Mosbat to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their portfolio, four having been completed, while three still ongoing. TAGHEER in consultation with JPF and partner NGOs developed M&E plans and tools for each project, conducted around 1500 surveys, KIIs, and FGDs to verify the project accomplishments, work accountability, and quality in Afghanistan. All projects were assessed against their log frame indicators and 7 Core Humanitarian Standards “CHS”. TAGHEER submitted 7 Monitoring and Evaluation Reports to JPF and NGO partners; a separate report for each project in an effort to highlight the field findings, successes, gaps, and lessons learned. TAGHEER shared overarching and project specific recommendations with JPF and NGO partners to learn and adapt future program strategy for supporting IDPs and Returnees in Afghanistan.

USAID-Women in Economy Funded Translation Training program

Oct 16, 2019 – Dec 10, 2019

Translation started to avoid communication gap between nations and to enable trade and cultural exchange irrespective of language differences. In Afghanistan, due to being multilingual for the presence of International community; translation seems to be a job creating opportunity. TAGHEER supported identifying 3 professional trainers and 15 qualified translators for the USAID funded WIE translation training program in Kabul. This training program was for 280 hours (82 hours for theory and 198 hours to practice translation), where a professional training leading to jobs was supposed to cover topics including translation basics to understanding the translation culture and context, managing translation as a business, and to adapting technology for better and timely translation.

Baseline Study of the ECW Funded (Education Cannot Wait platform) and Save the Children Led Community-based Education and Learning Program

Sep 26 – Feb 20, 2019

The Afghanistan Consortium for Community-based Education and Learning (ACCEL) is a three-year project (2019 – 2022) targeting the most vulnerable displaced population in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on girls and IDP and returnee refugee communities. ACCEL is implemented by a Consortium comprised of Save the Children, WADAN, IRC, CoAR, and AWEC to provide 81,415 out-of-school children with safe and equitable access to education in 2,384 pre-primary and primary learning spaces in Nangarhar, Helmand, Kunduz, Kandahar, Paktika and Badghis provinces. The project prioritizes five key areas of education: (1) access (2) inclusive learning environments; (3) continuity of education; (4) quality of teaching; and (5) protection.

TAGHEER performed the baseline study for this project to provide a comprehensive picture of the learning and teaching environments in all 6 provinces and focused on the social and infrastructural factors that either support or hinder learning. TAGHEER developed a cross-sectional study design to provide a snapshot of ACCEL’s intended outcomes at the project’s outset. Around 3,400 Teacher and Students Survey, 24 Key Informant Interviews, and 48 Focused Group Discussions were carried out for the baseline study.

TAGHEER explored and Benchmarked the project log frame indicators, Assessed the level of knowledge, coverage, risks and practices on child protection and reporting/referral mechanisms within the target communities, Assessed the quality of learning environment, Assessed the challenges and opportunities for children with access barriers (e.g. disabilities, gender-specific barriers, transition) within ACCEL targeted communities and reported the findings and recommendations on all above to ACCEL members via a baseline study report.

USAID Funded and Counterpart International (CPI) Implemented – Afghan Civic Engagement program (ACEP)

Aug 4 – Nov 25, 2019

CPI has implemented a six-year Afghan Civic Engagement program (ACEP) funded by USAID in partnership with Internews Networks (Internews), the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).  The goal of ACEP was to promote civil society and media engagement that enables Afghan citizens to influence policy, monitor government accountability and serve as an advocate for political reform.

TAGHEER undertook the End of Project evaluation for activities included; a) Subrecipient grantee civic engagement and education (including their organizational development); b) Emerging Civil Society Leaders (ECSL) activities, and c) Parliamentary Technical Working Group (PTWG) advocacy and policymaking activities. TAGHEER explored the project for five standard evaluation criteria of: effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, impact and sustainability within a series of 41 learning questions.

The final evaluation used a mixed methods approach employing a combination of qualitative and quantitative tools.  The evaluation design, data collection tools, processes, and reports were developed by a core team of TAGHEER comprised of Four (04) local and International experts. The quantitative and qualitative information from the CPI field partners was collected by a team of 16 data collectors and enumerators (8 male and 8 female). Between September 1 and October 31, 2019, 1593 persons were interviewed either through a structured survey or a key informant interview (KII) guide.  An additional organizational development assessment was applied to the 34 Provincial Civil Society Partners (PCPs).  Respondents came from 28 Provinces connected to 34 PCPs, 5 Youth Activism Grants, 6 Technical Working Groups (TWGs) and the Emerging Civil Society Leaders Programme. TAGHEER consulted CPI at every stage of the project implementation and presented evaluation findings to CPI and their partners in a learning session organized at the Serena Hotel, Afghanistan.

USAID – Women in the Economy Funded Field Monitoring & Data Management Training Program

Jul 24, 2019 – Apr 24, 2020

Women in the Economy (WIE) is a USAID-funded program designed to increase women participation in the economy by securing employment or advancing in their careers, and by assisting women-owned businesses to enhance their revenues. In order to achieve this, WIE engaged TAGHEER Mosbat Consultancy Services to provide training to Kabul-based females in the areas of field monitoring and data management and assist them for better jobs.

TAGHEER completed this training and placement project in 8 months and offered 120 hours training course on project monitoring and Data Management to 75 female jobseekers, employees, and entrepreneurs in Kabul. The training program was to learn and utilize the M&E skills for gathering accurate data and cross check it against multiple sources, and transcribe and analyze it to generate actionable recommendations for future improvements. The training curriculum was developed based on a Market Demand Assessment in response to the needs of organizations from Field Monitoring and their monitoring staff.

TAGHEER organized a graduation ceremony for successful participants, which was attended by officials from Women in Economy, Private Sector, and NGOs to witness the accomplishments of the training and job placement program. Each participant received a Certificate of recognition to learning field planning, data collection, data transcription & analysis, as well as generating user friendly reports. TAGHEER placement team was able to support around 45 trained participants with better jobs.

Acknowledging the project achievements, WIE issued a Certificate of Recognition to TAGHEER for their valuable efforts in promoting and empowering Afghan Women.

EU Funded and World Vision “WV” Implemented – End-line Evaluation for the Instruments Contributing to Stability and Peace Project

Mar 27 – Jun 24, 2019

In 2016, the WV started the implementation of the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace project (IcSP) as a Support to in-country civil society actors in conflict prevention, peace-building, and crisis preparedness in Herat and Ghor provinces. This project was funded by the European Union (EU) Delegation and represented by the European Commission (EC). The project aimed to promote peacebuilding and support women’s active and meaningful participation in local, provincial and national peace processes as well as their representation in formal and informal decision-making.

In March 2019, WVA contracted TAGHEER Mosbat Consultancy Services to undertake the End-line evaluation for this project. A mixed methods approach was utilized by TAGHEER for the evaluation, consisting of 423 household surveys, 20 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and 15 Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) across 20 villages in the provinces of Ghor and Herat.

The evaluation report underpinned the project results in comparison to the log frame indicators, and analyzed the project against DAC criteria for relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability and added a greater body of knowledge for WVA to enhance women’s involvement in peace building initiatives and decision making, particularly in Herat and Ghor provinces.

WV issued a letter of recognition to TAGHEER for their timely completion and quality work.

UN-ITC funded – Export guides translation

Jan – Feb, 2019

TAGHEER translated 5 Export guides on Carpet industry, Saffron, Dry fruits & nuts, Fresh fruits & Vegetables, and Afghan Handicrafts. The translated guides were aimed to help Afghan exporters understand the market situation for each Afghan product in the Region, European and Global markets. The guides also outlined a step by step export process by Air and by Ground within Afghanistan and at the border gates as well as narrated the Import regulations for Afghan products in the Regional, European, and Global markets. The guides also have a chapter on the in-country support infrastructure available for the export community.

USAID Funded Feasibility assessment for Afghan Social Marketing Organization (ASMO)

May 9 – July 16, 2019

ASMO under the Sustaining Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Plus project led by Abt. Associates Inc., with intention to seek an eligible and reliable partner for distribution of its health products throughout the country contracted TAGHEER Mosbat to conduct a feasibility assessment of commercial distributors in Afghanistan. TAGHEER Mosbat conducted the feasibility assessment in five major cities of Afghanistan including Herat, Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, and Mazar-e-Sharif.

TAGHEER undertook the assessment in a close consultation and collaboration with ASMO from initial stages through exchanging information, mapping of the currently functional companies, designing the assessment methodology and tools for the actual implementation of the assessment. TAGHEER collected data in two stages (1) Phone Interviews, and (2) Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and physical observation of the companies’ storage facilities. TAGHEER used Kobo Toolbox and Google Forms to analyze the data aiming at scoring and identifying the eligible companies for ASMO partnership.

Oxfam funded data translation and analysis assignment

April 2019

Oxfam contracted TAGHEER to transcribe, translate and analyse the field data their field staff collected through a HH survey, Result Stories and FGDs for the project “Amplify Change”, which was to Support Women’s Rights in Afghanistan.

UNESCO funded Non-Formal Education (NFE) Sub-sector Analysis

Mar, 2019 – Apr, 2019

TAGHEER conducted 80 Focus Group Discussions to contribute to a Non-formal education sub-sector analysis for UNESCO to help them finetune the Ministry of Education strategic plan for non-formal education in Afghanistan. This exploratory research for UNESCO was carried out using Key informant interviews and FGDs in five provinces, namely Kabul, Bamyan, Balkh, Nangarhar, and Kandahar with selection criteria following category one and two provinces, while districts being one urban the other rural. This study was completed last year, May 2019, which was to improve the understanding of adults above 15 years who lack a formal education to prepare skilled and competent citizens to sustain Afghanistan’s socioeconomic development and social cohesion through relevant alternative learning opportunities by which they might address their life and work needs. The FGDs conducted by contributed to the UNESCO analysis and reporting focused on issues of policy and programme management, access, quality and relevance, seeking to identify progress, gaps and challenges for these arrangements and exploring options for developing a national Nonformal Education (NFE) system.

International Trade Center (ITC) Funded – Export Value Chain Assessment and Coaching Assignment

Dec, 2018 – July, 2019

TAGHEER implemented the Export Management Assessment & Coaching Assignment for Four export SMEs to understand their current situation, export gaps and prepare them for export management, cope with export challenges inside Afghanistan and beyond the border, and provide information on the application of labelling, packaging customs clearance,  and freight forwarding to increase production and performance efficiencies. This assignment was done under the umbrella of the EU funded Enhancing Afghan trade program. https://www.tagheer.af/2018/12/tagheer-conducts-export-management-coaching-in-afghanistan/

European Union and Mercy Corps Funded – Refresher Labor Market and Baseline Assessment (LMA) for Refugees, IDPs, and Host communities

Dec, 2018 –  Mar, 2019

TAGHEER in partnership with Afghanistan Center for Excellence (ACE) worked jointly to assess the demand and supply aspects of the labor market and provided recommendation for increasing job opportunities for job seeker group (male and female) who were IDPs, returnees and host communities in the 12 target provinces under the TAALIM program implemented by a Consortia comprised of  Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Danish Committee for Aid to Afghan Refugees (DACAAR).  The consortium is implementing a Nationwide project called “TAALIM”, where the main focus is non-formal education and vocational skills development eventually resulting into jobs placement. This refresher LMA filled the gaps of the previous labor market studies, especially with respect to emerging jobs/sectors, and skills development needs. TAGHEER also assessed the demand and supply aspects of the labor market and provided actionable recommendation for increasing job opportunities to help the TAALIM Consortia fill the gaps for emerging market needs.

Performance evaluation of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Program in Afghanistan funded by USDA

Apr, 2013 – July, 2013

In 2013, TAGHEER co-founder Syed Kamal led a team evaluating Afghanistan’s agricultural sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) program; worth $2,175,242. The Afghanistan Agricultural Sanitary and Phytosanitary Program (SPS Program), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) and implemented by Purdue University, aimed to support the Government of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in building SPS capacity nationally. Increased SPS capacity within the Ministry would allow for broader implementation of food safety methods, certification of agricultural exports as pest and disease-free, and capacity to inspect and test imports of foods and other produce that might be vectors of plant disease, insect pests, or invasive species more broadly defined. The purpose of the mid-term evaluation was to identify mid-term program results, examine how they relate to program goals and objectives, and determine the likelihood of program sustainability. The evaluation also guided USDA for mid-program changes needed to realign activities to overall goals and objectives of SPS. https://www.tagheer.af/2018/12/sps-evaluation-report/

C-Istanbul funded Market Research & Entrepreneurial Culture Development

Sep, 2018 – Oct, 2018

TAGHEER conducted a market research in Istanbul-Turkey and identified a need for creating an ecosystem, which is more reliable and cost effective for clients and end-users. The research recommended opening a small Afghan-led and managed consultancy business to help foreigners especially Afghans with legal, property management, trade, tourism, and capacity development services in Turkey.