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Product Exhibitions at the Forefront of October ‘Event Month’

October’s “event month” has finally come to a close. I say event month because PDT participated in three product exhibition-type events (AgFair, the AISA International E... More
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Buy Local – And From Different Suppliers

Last week I was finally able to get out of Kabul to see how the project operates in our field offices. I spent some time on KAF talking with buyers and users of our Business P... More
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We’ve Got Competition!

Until recently we plugged ourselves as the only online database with detailed information about Afghan businesses, and to a certain extent that’s still correct, but we’ve ... More

Tips from the Experts: How to Make Afghan First Work

We know that local suppliers are eager to do business with international buyers, and that buyers increasingly want to do business with Afghan vendors (thanks Afghan First!). S... More
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ABC4 Helps Buyers and Suppliers Shape the Way Forward for the Helmandi Marketplace

The fourth installment of the highly successful Afghan Business Conferences (ABCs) was held in Helmand on October 4th. Similar to the previous events, ABC4 brought together He... More

The Helmand Job Creation Survey Results Have Been Released!

Last May/June, we set about measuring the jobs created in Helmand province as a result of PDM-A activities. Despite the highly volatile security environment, the challenges in... More
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COIN Contracting Pt 2: Tactical Patience Matters

As promised, I’m going to focus on “pace of operations,” “operational necessity,” and local procurement for part two in this series. To wit: current demands on Afgh... More
An Afghan business owner during a Q&A session

The Afghan First Outreach Event – Not Your Typical Meet and Greet

We here at Peace Dividend Trust are ardent Afghan First supporters. Connecting buyers with Afghan suppliers and facilitating contracts between the two is our bread and butter.... More
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Local Woman-Owned Companies Win A Large Manufacturing Contract that Will Benefit Afghanistan

In 2008 Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) was approached by an international buyer’s head of contracting in Afghanistan to put together a conference for women-owned businesses. The... More
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Current Contracting Loses the COIN Fight

One of the brilliant effects of Afghan First, maybe the reason that I believe that it will lead to a stable and secure Afghanistan faster than any other economic policy, is th... More
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An Unlikely Headline: Not Every Afghan Company is Corrupt

Corruption in Afghanistan is a hot topic these days. More specifically, corruption in the contracting process. It seems like every day as I scan the news I see headlines like ... More
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Rethinking Contracting as the Front Lines of COIN, Pt 1

Many international organizations (IOs) are making good-faith efforts at local procurement, without PDT involvement. They do the best they can to collect and store company inf... More

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