About Us

Building Markets is a nonprofit organization that connects entrepreneurs and organizations, creates jobs, and sustains peace in developing countries. The organization was founded in 2004 and currently has headquarters in New York City and Ottawa. The organization is registered as an American 501c3 charity and a Canadian non-profit, and is registered locally with the Ministry of Economy in Afghanistan.

Since its inception in 2006, our Sustainable Marketplace Initiative in Afghanistan has supported market development and job creation. This initiative has achieved the following results:*

  • Our team has trained employees from 1,556 businesses in instruction-lead capacity-building workshops and collected 861 responses to follow-up surveys from participants at these workshops. Participating businesses attributed feedback related to 333 contracts worth $144 million to their participation in training sessions.
  • We have obtained and sent 6,891 tenders to Afghan small and medium enterprises.
  • We have registered over 8,000 businesses on an online directory.
  • We have recorded 1,364 contracts worth over $1 billion won by at least 680 businesses where help from Building Markets’ services was a factor in securing these contracts.
  • It is estimated that these contracts have contributed to creating or sustaining approximately 130,000 six-month jobs or 65,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

*Source: Building Markets, March 2012

This project – the Professionalization of Afghan Civil Society Organizations – is undertaken with the financial support provided through the Government of Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

One Response to “About Us”
  1. tahiri says:

    Dear sir and madam
    Hop you are in perfect helth and doing well. I have read your notice regarding “We are looking for short-term researchers in Nimroz, Ghor, Daikundi, Zabul” in tweeter but I coun’t find any way to apply for that.could you please give me more information about that.
    Im working in M&L assistent and fild reasercher in Aihrc Daikundi office. I experiance of reaserch and. knolege of it

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