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Empowering women in geospatial information technology – Afghanistan 2021 edition

Organizer ICIMOD
Date 20 Jun 2021 to 23 Jun 2021
Venue ICIMOD Country Office, Kabul, Afghanistan
Contact Persons
Type Training

Afghanistan WOGIT


Frequent transformative developments in the fields of Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information technology (GIT) build more possibilities in the fields of spatial sciences, natural resource management, landscape mapping, and strategic planning and decision making. Although women play a vital role in environmental management and decision making, their engagement and participation in the EO/GIT workforce is very low in Asia, especially in the countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.

In this context, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been organizing the “Empowering women in geospatial information technology” training under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative for the past three years in Nepal and Pakistan. In its seventh iteration, this intensive four-day course is being offered to eligible women in Afghanistan using a blended learning approach – presentations and guided practical exercises. The training will take place at ICIMOD’s Country Office in Kabul.

The training will cover a wide range of topics, including principles of geographic information system (GIS), basic concepts of remote sensing (RS), image calculation and spectral indices and mapping using open-source tools, forest cover change analysis and drought monitoring to solve emerging environmental problems.


This training aims to train young women from Afghanistan on the use of EO data and GIT, empowering and encouraging them to consider careers in GIT and its applications. This will support ICIMOD's efforts to bridge the gender gap in the GIT field.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of the training, the participants will have a better understanding of the concepts and applications of GIS and RS, which will enable them to use the knowledge gained professionally.

Expected Participants

A total of 30 young women participants from Afghanistan with an academic background in the fields of geography, science, engineering, survey, environmental science and/or information technology are expected to participate in this training.

Interested candidates may apply using the application form available at:

The deadline for the submission of applications is 11 June 2021. Selected candidates will be informed via email by 15 June 2021.

  • This training is for women from Afghanistan
  • Applicants should have completed a bachelor's degree or be enrolled in a university-level curriculum at the time of application
  • The training is free of cost
  • The organizers will not provide travel support to attend the training
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the training dates
  • Selected candidates must ensure the following:
    • Access to a computer with the Windows operating system installed
    • Ability to install and run open-source GIS software
    • Access to good internet connection to support audio/video lectures
    • Be available to attend the sessions from 08:00–16:00 (AFT)
  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon satisfactory completion of the training
  • Questions regarding selection and/or participation will not be entertained

NB: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan and may need to conduct the training virtually if restrictions on movement and gatherings continue. Participants are requested to ensure a good internet connection at home in preparation for such an eventuality. We will inform selected participants once a final decision has been made.


All time stamps are in Afghanistan Standard Time (AFT)

  • Day 1 – 20 June 2021




    Opening session (S1)


    Training overview and introduction of the participants (20 min) – Waheedullah Yousafi, ICIMOD

    Remarks (5 min) – Ghulam Rasul, Regional Programme Manager, MENRIS, ICIMOD

    Welcome remarks (5 min) – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD

    Connecting space to village: SERVIR efforts (20 min) – Birendra Bajracharya, Chief of Party, SERVIR-HKH Initiative, ICIMOD


    Morning session (S2)


    Pre-training assessment – recall (10 min) – Poonam Tripathi and Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai, ICIMOD

    GIS concepts and applications (60 min) – Poonam Tripathi and Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai, ICIMOD




    Demonstration of GIS and RS data (45 min) – Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai, ICIMOD

    Installation of QGIS (60 min)


    Lunch break


    Afternoon session (S3)


    Hands-on exercises – Mohammad Sharif Jalalzai and Waheedullah Yousafi, ICIMOD

    Vector data exploration and visualization in QGIS




    Hands-on exercises – session continued 

    Working with vector data, layer properties, projection, symbology, label tool, etc. 

    Using vector geometry tool to calculate area, field calculator, joining attributes

    Exploring geo-processing tools

    Using query builder to perform queries

  • Day 2 – 21 June 2021
  • Day 3 – 22 June 2021
  • Day 4 – 23 June 2021