As of October the RAWNAQ project, funded by the European Union has kicked off in Herat and Kandahar! The Norwegian Refugee Council and Cordaid aim to create suitable job opportunities for over 1200 the vulnerable communities such as IDPs and returnees, through private sector development initiatives.
The project will work with micro, small, and medium enterprises to evoke sustainable development and prosperity. RAWNAQ will support over 126 businesses in Kandahar and Herat provinces with training, business plan coaching, technical assistance and market linkages.
The training for businesses owners uses internationally accepted training modules, which will provide the business owners with fundamental business knowledge and skills. deploys Specialized business consultants are deployed at the businesses for nine month assignment to address the urgent needs that hamper the business to flourish. For RAWNAQ’s first cycle over 100 interested businesses have signed-up. Our dedicated team of experts is currently in the process of conducting field visits to determine the eligibility of these companies to join the project.
More importantly, RAWNAQ will create a more enabling business environment by facilitating market linkages among domestic supply chains. Businesses in different fields will be linked to create sustainable and robust business relations. Moreover, the project will also establish two business hubs that will give long lasting access to support services for small-and medium sized enterprises.
Besides training and technical assistance tools for registered businesses RAWNAQ will improve the employability of IDPs and returnees by providing them with life skills and demand driven trainings.. Besides creating new jobs, the project will safeguard 810 current employees of businesses through on the job training and business development initiatives.