Bringing decent work to rural households in northern Afghanistan
Road to Jobs (R2J) is a three-year Sida/ILO/Government of Afghanistan project that aims to create more and better jobs in the provinces of Samangan and Balkh in northern Afghanistan.
The project follows a market systems approach to address important underlying constraints inhibiting better growth and employment outcomes, which in turn contribute to improving livelihoods and poverty reduction.
R2J targets poor and vulnerable rural households and income earners who work either in rural communities, or in urban centres and other major centres of employment. The poor are defined as those living on less than US$1.25/day, and disadvantaged/vulnerable groups include women, internally displaced people (IDPs), and migrant workers. R2J aims to facilitate change in a small number of sectors that are important to the economic livelihoods of these target groups.
The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improved livelihoods and poverty reduction.
The project aims at unleashing the economic potential of the expanding rural road network established by Rural Access Improvement Project (RAIP) implemented by (UNOPS) through improving the underlying pro-poor performance of selected agricultural sub-sectors.
The following was done to set the project on course to achieve this goal: