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New From CFR: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Tech Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

by Development Channel Staff
November 14, 2012

A boy stands on a ridge at a road near the northern city of Kunduz on December 11, 2011 (Thomas Peter/Courtesy Reuters). A boy stands on a ridge at a road near the northern city of Kunduz, Afghanistan on December 11, 2011 (Thomas Peter/Courtesy Reuters).


In a post yesterday on Isobel Coleman’s blog and an October article in Fast Company, CFR fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses tenacious Afghan entrepreneurs who are building successful technology businesses in the face of daunting challenges. As Lemmon writes on the blog:

…as the international community debates the shape and extent of its military, humanitarian, and economic involvement after the looming 2014 troop withdrawal deadline, Afghan techies continue coding. Women, in particular, are playing a unique role in Afghanistan’s tech revolution despite facing societal disapproval, family pressure, and even threats of violence.

You can read Lemmon’s blog post here and the Fast Company article here. Last week on the Development Channel, Cisco vice president Tae Yoo also discussed the importance of building broadband infrastructure in Afghanistan.

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