UNDP Khujand Area Office
UNDP Khujand Area Office was established in 2000. Since it began operations, the office has implemented 18 projects and over 450 sub-projects in all 14 districts of the Sughd region. The number of direct and indirect beneficiaries is estimated at approximately 1.8 million people or roughly 80% of the population of the Sughd region. Projects implemented in the region have addressed critical challenges including drinking water supply, agriculture, local economic development, disaster risk management, health, education, employment, governance, and conflict prevention.
The Sughd Region shares borders with Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. As such, UNDP pays a great deal of attention towards addressing challenges related to cross-border relations. The cross border projects have helped to establish good neighborly relations between the bordering communities of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and to establish dialogue between the district and regional level authorities of both countries.
UNDP Khujand Area Office has built positive relations with the local authorities at the Jamoat, district and regional levels, as well as with civil society and private sectors representatives in the region. In order to contribute to a better partnership between the three sectors, District Development Councils (DDCs) were established and supported in three target districts of Isfara, B. Gafurov and J. Rasulov. Since UNDP has begun working at the Jamoat level as an entry point to implement poverty reduction and development endeavors, it has supported 15 Jamoat Resource Centers (JRCs), which provide support in the implementation of UNDP projects. All JRCs are registered at the Ministry of Justice and are legal entities. Currently, the heads of 12 JRCs are on the Board of Founders of the Micro Loan Fund (MLF) “Sugdmicrofin”, which has a portfolio equal to US$ 670,000. The MLF serves 12 jamoats in Asht, B. Gafurov, J. Rasulov, Isfara and Zafarabad districts. Since the establishment of the MLF in July 2007 the number of clients has reached over 3,000 people.
The Sughd region shares a 906 km long border with Uzbekistan (Samarkand, Jizzakh, Tashkent, Namangan and Ferghana oblasts) and a 495 km long border with Kyrgyzstan (Batken oblast). The territory of the oblast is 26,100 km2 (18.2% of the country) and consists of 14 districts and 4 cities. Over 40 nationalities and nearly a third of the country’s population (31.3%) resides in the Sughd region. Administrative center of Sughd Region is Khujand city. The region generates 40% of the industrial and 30% of the agricultural production of the entire country. The GDP breakdown for the region is: industry – 47%, agriculture – 27%, construction – 5.4%, trade – 2.6%, transport and communication – 7% and other productions and services – 11%.
List of Partners:
- Government at Oblast level
- Government at District level (11 District Hukumats of Sughd Oblast)
- Local administrations at Jamoat level of 11 districts
- District Development Centers and Jamoat Resource Centers in Sughd Oblast
- UNDP Programmes and Projects
- UN Women
- UN WFP
- MLF “Sughd Microfin”
- TEPC (Trade and Export Promotion Center)
- UPCT (Union of Professional Consultant of Tajikistan)
- NABWT (National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan)
- AAT (Association of Agribusiness of Tajikistan)
- PO SAS Consulting
- Free Economic Zone “Sughd”
- ICPO “Jovid”
- UBASO (Union of Business associations of Sughd oblast)
- Public Organizations in Sughd Oblast
The United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNDP, Government of Finland, Luxemburg, Japan and Germany, Swiss Development Agency (SDC), ECHO, USAID, EU TACIS, GCPP, SIDA and UNDP.
Maqsud Aripov, Area Manager