Higher Education Development Program (HEDP)

Afghan policy makers perceive higher education as a vital engine of growth and development. The Government of Afghanistan (GoA) is fully aware of the strategic importance of human capital in the modern global knowledge economy. The higher education system produces the pool of high level human resources, such as policy makers, professionals, managers, academics and technical experts, who are essential for economic development. Policy makers also recognize that the contribution higher education can make to the promotion of civic values and attitudes needed for a modern, enlightened democracy, and the development of a socially cohesive nation. In this context, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has prepared a second National Higher Education Strategic Plan (NHESP II) to accelerate the development of higher education over the period 2015-2020. The NHESP II outlines a broad development framework to be implemented through a multi-year rolling plan.

Thus, the overall objective of the HEDP is to increase access to, and improve the quality and relevance of, higher education. The HEDP will support the NHESP-II 2015-2020, which aims to develop the higher education sector by expanding enrollment, improving quality, and orienting higher education to promote the future economic and social development of Afghanistan.

The HEDP’s concept, design and components have been prepared through an extensive process of consultation and collaboration with the MoHE, MoF, representatives of universities and higher education institutions from the state and non-state sectors, public and private employers, the academic community, and major development partners active in higher education in Afghanistan. There has also been close collaboration and synchronization between the GoA team in charge of developing the NHESP-II, and the Bank team responsible for designing the HEDP, to ensure alignment and consistency.

HEDP is organized into two components: (a) a Higher Education Development Program component; and (b) a Program Operations and Technical Support component. These components are different in nature, but complementary. […] Read More