AWAL2018 - NOV 24, 2018

The Conference of Innovation and Technology for the Development of the People

First: AWAL2018

On November 24, 2018, the first of the series of AWAL Development conferences was held in Kabul, Afghanistan where AWAL was announced, the usage of technology and innovation for development was discussed and the stage was given to experts and representatives from the government, civil society, academia, and the private sector. This conference will be held on a yearly basis to bring together bright people from different technical areas to discuss how they will pitch into the development of their countries and the rest of the world. 

Location: Queens Palace, Babur Gardens, Kabul.

Laid out by the Mughal ruler Babur in the early 16th century, and the site of his tomb, the gardens are the loveliest spot in Kabul.  The garden was used as a pleasure spot by repeated Mughal rulers, but fell into disrepair after the dynasty lost control of Kabul. Above this there’s a delicate white marble mosque built in 1647 by Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal. While on a much smaller scale, the similarities in style are evident in the clean carving of the stone. Overlooking the whole of the garden from the top terrace is Babur’s tomb, inside a simple enclosure.


MOUs Signed


Projects Announced

Key Solutions Presented

ASEEL | Getting Local Artisans to International Markets, Khalid Wardak

The first Major announcement of AWAL2018 was the ASEEL Mobile app that provides an interface and supply chain to local Afghan products to be shipped and sold globally.

AWAL Impact Investment | Investment for Positive Impact and Financial Profit | Nasrat Khalid

A trust fund like facility was introducd by Nasrat Khalid that will support all the AWAL initiatives. The AWAL Impact Investment platform also announced two of it’s early backers and signed MOUs later in the day. 

The GOLDOZI Project | FHI360, Susan Slomback

FHI360 is Implementing the USAID GOLDOZI Project, Susan Slomback introduced the project and expressed the importance of embroidery as cultural and economic tools to assist Afghanistan. 

AMS | Technical Vocational Training for Afghanistan, Mark Dillion

Automotive Management Services (AMS) has been in Afghanistan for the last 15 years providing top-notch automotive solutions to the government and international partners. Partnering with AWAL they announced the inception of a school for automotive services in Afghanistan. 

ITRCA | Scientific Research is the foremost needed tool for the ICT Sector, Nasratullah Ghafoori

AWAL Supported Innovation and Technology Research Center for Afghanistan (ITRCA) provided insight that in order for actual innovation and technology results, Afghanistan needs to invest in scientific research. Nasratullah also highlighted the progress and significant impact that ITRCA has had in Afghanistan. 


'The Afghan Government has said it before and says it again that we will support AWAL (and other private sector firms)'

Shahzad Aryobee, Minister of Communicaitons and IT, Afghanistan

'The challenges we are facing are not normal challenges, what makes you think normal solutions will work to solve them?'

Nasrat Khalid, Chief Strategist, AWAL

'Ending my Intership with this conference; 6 months of life changing experience'

Habib Safi, Intern at at AWAL


Signing Ceremony