UNDP Gharm Area Office
UNDP Gharm Area Office initiated its activities in 1996 in 5 districts of the Rasht Valley (Rasht, Nurobod, Sangvor, Tojikobod and Lakhsh), in response to the consequences of the Civil War. From 1996 to 2001, UNDP Gharm area office was mainly reconstructing and rehabilitating infrastructure affected by the war and reintegrating ex-combatants into civilian life. Thus, more than 400 sub-projects worth 5, 783,125 USD were realized in 4206 with the participation of ex-combatants.
Since 2001, UNDP Gharm AO supports the stabilization of political and economic processes through conflict prevention, poverty reduction and the practical management of public policy at the local level, and the following projects were implemented:
1. Establishment of 38 JDCs/JRCs -Jamoat Resource Centers with Revolving Funds;
2. 97 infrastructure sub-projects under Community Action Investment Programme (CAIP), funded by USAID;
3. “Poverty Alleviation in the Rasht Valley”, project funded by SIDA in 18 Jamoats; 88 sub-project;
4. “Community Agriculture Watershed Management Project”, funded by WB and GEF;
5. Established two Micro-Loan Funds “Faizi Surkhob” and Ehyoi Kuhiston” in region;
6. “Community Development through Employment Creation and Improved Migration Management”, project funded by UNTFHS;
7. “Strengthening Conflict Management Capacities for Dialogue in Conflict-prone Areas of Tajikistan” funded by UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR)
Since 2010 Gharm AO in close collaboration with other UNDP programs and projects are also implemented projects. In partnership with the UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme, completed the project “Strengthening of Early Recovery Capacities in Tajikistan”, which aimed at assisting the local population in the recovery of critical facilities, improving food security, livelihoods and income recovery, infrastructure restoration, disaster risk reduction and conflict prevention. It covered 7 Jamoats of Rasht, Tajikabad and Tavildara districts, and constructed/rehabilitated 26 infrastructure sub-projects on drinking and irrigation water, energy, roads and bridges, rehabilitation of school as well as mud protective facilities. The total number of direct beneficiaries reached 32,200, of which 15,226 or 47% were women.
Through the GFATM-funded project “Malaria Elimination in Tajikistan for 2009-2014”, the office constructed a malaria diagnostic center in Rasht district as well as assisted the UNDP/GEF-funded project “Sustaining of agro biodiversity in the face of climate change” with the implementation of project activities in Tajikabad and Nurabad districts.
From 2013-2016, Gharm Area Office implemented “Empowering Communities with Better Livelihoods and Social Protection” project. This project, was jointly developed by five UN agencies comprising UNDP (as a leading agency), UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and WFP in 2013 and approved on June 4, 2013 by the UN for funding from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS). The Project is co-funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation office and also includes contributions from core resources of the five UN implementing agencies. The main goal of the Project is “to Improve Economic, Food, Environmental, Health and Personal Security for the Population of the Rasht Valley, Tajikistan”. The Project applies a Human Security approach through the ‘Delivering as One UN’ modality.
The project for “Livelihood Improvement of Rural Population in 9 districts of the Republic of Tajikistan” funded by the Government of Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP Tajikistan aimed at ensuring sustainable local economic development in 4 districts of Sugd region, 2 districts of Khatlon region and 3 districts of Rasht valley (Rasht, Tojikobod and Lakhsh).
The project aimed at addressing socio-economic issues that affect the livelihood improvement of population, according to implemented priorities at the national and local levels, as reflected in national development strategy and mid-term development programmes and sectoral programs and local development programs of the Republic of Tajikistan. Project implementation period November 2014 – October 2017.
Rasht valley is located in the north-eastern part of Tajikistan, which covers five districts (Rasht, Tajikabad, Lakhsh, Nurabad and Sangvor) with an area of approximately 17,055 km2 consisting of 41 Jamoats and 450 villages. The valley borders to Kyrgyzstan.
List of Partners:
Government at District level (Rasht, Tajikabad, Lakhsh, Nurabad and Sangvor), Government at Jamoat level (41 Jamoats across 5 districts), Local Public Organizations, Jamoat Resource Centers, Regional Micro-Finance Institutions (MFI “Fayzi Surkhob” and Borshud”), ADFs, UN WFP, UNDP Programmes and Projects
UNDP, European Union/DGRELEX, USAID, ECHO, WB, GEF, UNDP BCPR, UNTFHS governments of UK, Sweden, Norway, Japan and Russian Federation.
Saimuddin Muhiddinov, Area Manager