University Support and Workforce Development Program

The University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP) is a five-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by FHI 360, the University of Massachusetts, Purdue University, Altai Consulting and the Afghanistan Holding Group. USWDP aims to enhance the skills and employability of technically qualified and professionally capable Afghan women and men in the private and public sectors. 

The program will work to help Afghanistan’s higher education professionals effectively manage the growth of tertiary education by strengthening the Ministry of Higher Education’s management systems for implementing and monitoring university quality assurance and accreditation standards; developing policy and procedural capacity to support public university autonomy; and improving management of the ministry’s human, financial and other resources. The program will also improve academic quality. Building on previous successes, USWDP will improve the management capacity of the ministry and up to 10 public universities. It will help the ministry implement strategies designed to ensure quality education and employment opportunities for men and women. In addition, the program will enable universities to manage and expand education resources in ways that encourage effective governance. 

The project will also assist in the development of learning environments that will establish:

  • Well-qualified and professional faculty members
  • Highly capable and motivated students
  • Diverse and market-oriented academic programs
  • Sustainable public–private collaboration
  • International university partnerships
  • Other innovations that move Afghanistan toward an improved higher education system


  • Education in Conflict and Crisis (fact sheet)
    March 2018 — This fact sheet describes how FHI 360 supports and strengthens education systems in conflict-affected and fragile settings using a context-sensitive, strengths-based approach. We examine education activities, systems and the...
  • Post-Primary Education (fact sheet)
    March 2018 — For more than four decades, FHI 360’s experts have contributed to improvements in early childhood development, primary education and higher education, and now we are making a major commitment to addressing challenges at the...
  • July-September 2017
    2017 — Each quarterly newsletter features highlights from the program in Afghanistan, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Stories include major milestones, activity progress, important meetings, lessons learned...
  • Building Academic Partnerships across Borders
    October 2015 — This document provides an overview of FHI 360’s leadership, through its Global Connections activities, in designing university partnerships that build institutional capacity, promote professional skills...
  • Afghanistan
Funder: USAID, Government of Afghanistan
Duration: 2014 - 2018