UNDP Shaartuz Area Office
UNDP Shaartuz Area Office was established in 1997. Shaartuz District is part of the Khatlon region which was formed in 1992 and which covers the area of 24,800 m2 with a total population of Khathlon of 12,700,200 as of December 2010. The center of the region is Kurgan-Tube city and the region consists of 24 districts, 4 cities and 133 jamoats. Shaartuz Regional Office functions in the western part of Khatlon region which is one of the poorest regions in Tajikistan and covers 14 rural areas, 3 cities and 78 jamoats within Western Khathlon. More than 78 % of people of the region live in extreme poverty.
Initially projects implemented by the Shaartuz Area Office were financed by UNDP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), the Government of Japan and the Asian Bank of Development. UNDP Shaartuz Area Office realized various projects in the sectors of agriculture, education, public health services and sanitary, irrigation, prevention of conflicts linked with supply of drinking water and strengthening of role of women. The majority of funds have been directed at strengthening of the basic social services, restoration of infrastructures and at the same time creation of jobs and providing income opportunities for the vulnerable of the population (women, returned refugees and the local population most suffered from war).
UNDP Shaartuz Area Office also actively participates in the repair/rehabilitation of Malaria Diagnostic Centers in Bokhtar, Shaartuz, Rumi, Pyanj, Kumsangir and Yavan districts in line with the ‘Malaria elimination in Tajikistan in 2009-2014’ project, financed by Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). The second component of the given project is devoted to the fight against tuberculosis through the construction of DOTS centers in Pyanj, Jomi and Shaartuz districts. Furthermore UNDP Starrtuz AO is responsible for conducting monitoring and evaluation of GFATM’s PIU projects on the ground.
Natural disasters impose huge negative impacts on the development process in Tajikistan. To prevent negative consequences of natural disasters, the Shaartuz Area Оffice closely cooperates with the Disaster Risk Management Program (DRMP) to rehabilitate the bridge in jamoat Namuna, Pyanj district, the hospital #1 in village Aivaj, Jamoat Jura Nazarov, Shaartuz district and the school #12, Jamoat Ozodagon, Pyanj district, financed by the Bureau for Crises Prevention and Recovery (BCPR).
In 2011, Shaartuz AO began implementing the “Tajik Afghan Poverty Reduction Initiative” (TAPRI) funded by the government of Japan. The project focuses on reducing poverty and forming local potential through the development of cross border cooperation between Southern Tajikistan and Northern Afghanistan. This contributes to the regional development, the mitigation of conflict and its prevention, increasing the safety of people and the improvement and expansion of the economic development on both sides of the border with the purpose of stimulating the economic integration between Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Regional hukumats, local jamoats, 20 Jamoat Resource Centers (JRC), 7 Association of Dekhkan Farms, 4 Land Degradation Units, local government and private sectors (land committees, construction committees, training providers and etc)
Global Ecological Fund, GFATM, UNDP and Government of Japan.
Abdulghani Ibrohimov, Programme Analyst/OIC