UNDP Kulob Area Office
UNDP Kulob Area Office was established in 1996. Since its opening, the UNDP area office has implemented more than 20 projects and over 550 sub-projects totaling more than US$ 10,5 million in Kulob and GBAO areas. The number of direct and indirect beneficiaries of the projects implemented by UNDP Area Office based in Kulob is estimated at approximately 913,500 people or roughly 80% of the population of Kulob and GBAO areas. The office has implemented various types of activities throughout 10 districts of the Eastern Khatlon Oblast (Kulob, Vose, Temurmalik, Farkhor, Hamadoni, Shurobod, Muminobod, Khovaling, Baljuvon and Dangara districts). Acting as the UN representative in the area, Kulob Area Office functions as programme/project implementation unit and delivery mechanism for all UNDP projects that cover ten districts of Eastern Khatlon and seven districts of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (Darvoz, Vanj, Rushon, Shughnon, Roshtkala, Ishkoshim, Murghab and Khorog city).
From 1996-2001, Kulob Area Office mainly implemented projects related to emergency relief and rehabilitation of social infrastructure (schools, hospitals, potable water and irrigation systems, food security projects etc.). From 2002-2009 projects focused more on development activities (establishing Jamoat Resource Centers (JRCs) and District Development Committees (DDCs), income generation sub/projects, supporting SMEs and agricultural best practices, establishing Associations of Dehkan Farms (DFAs) and Business Advisory Centers). From 2010 till the present day, the Kulob Area Office implements various types of projects directed at economic development, cross-border cooperation, crises prevention and recovery, good governance, energy and environment, sustaining agrobiodiversity and health.
Below is a list of recent projects implemented by Kulob Area Office, in close collaboration with other UNDP programmes and projects:
- Tajikistan-Afghanistan Poverty Reduction Initiative, funded by the Government of Japan
- Support to local economic development initiatives in Khatlon region, funded by UNDP
- Providing market-demanded professional skills for rural poor, funded by UNDP
- Capacity building for mitigating climate change induced disaster risks in Tajikistan, funded by UNDP/BCPR
- Malaria Elimination in Tajikistan for 2009-2014, funded by GFATM
- Sustaining Agrobiodiversity in the face of Climate Change in Tajikistan, funded by UNDP/GEF
- Strengthening Local Level Early Recovery Programme, funded by UNDP/BCPR
Kulob is located 203 km southeast of the capital Dushanbe on the Yakhsu River at 580 m above sea level; it is one of the largest cities in the country (population 97,500). Kulob area covers the eastern half of Khatlon Oblast, borders on Afghanistan in the south, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast in the east and Kurgon-Teppa zone in the west and north. The total land area is equal to some 12,900 km² with a population of 1,015,140 persons. The Kulob area is divided into 10 districts of which five are deemed hilly and mountainous and the other five are located in the lowlands. They are Kulob, Vose, Temurmalik, Farkhor, Hamadoni, Shurobod, Muminobod, Khovaling, Baljuvan and Dangara districts.
The population of Kulob area is mainly engaged in agriculture and cattle breeding. In the past, the Kulob area was a major producer and supplier of meat and agricultural products. But during the last few years’ agricultural productivity deteriorated to a level far below the past average. In the past, agriculture was a government monopoly under Sovkhozes and Kolkhozes. Most of their properties have been looted or destroyed during the early years after dissolution of the Soviet Union. Now, these organizations reorganized into private “Dehkаn Farms”, but most are on the decline due to financial constraints. Low living standard of population and a high unemployment rate resulted in an increase of annual labour migration to CIS countries, especially to the Russian Federation.
List of Partners:
Government at Oblast level (Khatlon Oblast Hukumat), Government at Oblast level (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast Hukumat), Government at District level (10 District Hukumats of Kulob area), Government at District level (7 District Hukumats of GBAO area), Jamoat (70 jamoats functioning at 10 districts of Kulob area), Consultative Councils on business environment and investment climate under the Chairmen of Khatlon oblast, Kulob and Farkhor districts, District Development Centers and Jamoat Resource Centers, UN agencies, UNDP Programmes and Projects, Health facilities (TB, Malaria, HIV centers ) of Kulyab area, Health facilities (TB, Malaria, HIV centers) of GBAO area, Modular Training Center under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Regional Committee of Emergency Situations, REACT, Jamoat Resource Centers (18 JRCs in Kulob area), Micro-Finance Institutions, International NGOs, Public Organizations, Public/private companies, Statistic departments
Government of Japan, UNDP, UNDP/ BCPR, UNDP GEF, GFATM
Abdullo Guliev, Area Manager