From 7-9 May 2014, ProFound organised and conducted a strategic Stakeholder Conference in Abu Dhabi: ‘Natural Ingredients for Food & SME Development in Afghanistan’. The Conference was organised in close collaboration with representatives of CBI and UNITAR, as well as with other relevant Afghan stakeholders from a previous natural ingredients project. Aim of the Stakeholder Conference was to discuss the opportunities and constraints of the Afghan Natural Ingredients sector, and seek opportunities to address these through joint initiatives. Key-outcome of the Conference will be a framework of a programme of support activities to Afghan SMEs in the Natural Ingredients sector, [Read more]
From 1 to 5 December 2013, ProFound and Mr. Christer Guldemond of the VU University Amsterdam conducted a workshop in Abu Dhabi on SME Development in Afghanistan, as requested by the UN Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR). Some 20 participants took part, from various government departments working on SME development (including 2 Deputy Ministers and Directors of Provincial Offices). Besides several lectures, the participants worked in groups on SME cases, among which practical cases related to Natural Ingredients in Afghanistan. To read more about this training, refer to the UNITAR website.