Communities Programme

What is the Programme about?

Improving living standards and quality of life in Tajikistan requires a concentrated effort from both the highest levels of government to the community level. Expanding on its well-established Reconstruction Rehabilitation and Development Programme, in 2004 UNDP began implementing a community-driven programme (the CP) to ensure the sustainable development of the most marginalized communities throughout the country. This shift represented a programming change from a predominantly humanitarian and stabilization-focused programme to one that emphasizes sustaining long-term change in the economic and social conditions at the community-level.

The focus of the CP builds on the strategic priorities of the country and outlines specific areas of development assistance intended to support the government including advancing economic and democratic reform while fostering civil society participation. Previously, the two UNDAF outcomes contributed towards by the CP fall within two areas identified by the Framework: Transforming Livelihoods and Good Governance.

The following projects fall under CP:

  • Promotion of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Use for Development of Rural Communities in Tajikistan;
  • Rural Growth Programme (RGP) in Sughd region;
  • Goal Wash/Human Rights Based Approach Water Rights and Responsibilities Awareness Campaign
  • Tajikistan Water Supply and Sanitation Project;
  • Tajik-Afghan Poverty Reduction Initiative (TAPRI);
  • Support to Local Economic Development Initiatives in Khatlon region Project goal: to scale up local economic development initiative in Khatlon Oblast;
  • Enabling activities to support to National Preparations to the United Nations Conference on sustainable Development (RIO+20);
  • Promoting Access to Justice by empowering Rural Youth;
  • Empowering Rural Communities with Better Livelihood and Social Protection. This is a joint UN initiative to be led by UNDP and involvement of UNICEF, UNWFP, UN Women, UNODC and UNFPA.
  • Access to Justice Project in Tajikistan: Efficient Rule of Law policy dialogue.


a) support for broad-based economic growth by increasing productivity in agriculture, realizing export potential in energy, improving connectivity in transport, and strengthening other physical infrastructure required to enable growth;

b) support for human development by enhancing education and health and by addressing vulnerability through improved social protection;

c) support for good governance by reforming public administration (including the civil service and wages) and public financial management, promoting private and financial sector development, and strengthening the rule of law.

Accomplishments so far

Since 2004, CP has helped the most marginalized to address their needs by building capacity to identify common priorities, mobilize local capital and resources, and foster community ownership. It has closely engaged with poverty reduction and local governance issues, operating at the local level through its five area offices in Soughd, Khatlon, and the Rasht and Zarafshan Valleys.

Previous activities of CP have focused on fostering employment and income-generation opportunities, improving the quality and accessibility of public services and making local governments more accountable and representative of its constituents. Through a strong network of local and international partners, CP worked in 40 districts throughout the country. CP’s key partners in implementation have been and continue to be the Jamoat Resource and Advocacy Centres (JRCs) and District Development Councils (DDCs), at the jamoat and district levels. The Programme has also made a concerted effort to strengthen its partnership with the formal government structure at the jamoat, district, regional, and central levels. The latter is reflected in the agreements signed between UNDP and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT), the Strategic Research Centre (SRC), Institute for the Civil Servants Training (ICST), Ministry of Finance (MoF), State Statistic Committee (SSC), the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP) and the Parliament. Moreover, CP has also sought to engage private firms and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in its activities by subcontracting their implementation through competitive tender processes.

Who finances it?

Switzerland, UNDP, UNFIP, Japan, UN Women, OXFAM, Swedish International Development Agency, Tajikistan, EU, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, DFID, Norway, OSI/SOROS,

Delivery in previous fiscal year

US $ 9,402,829

Programme Overview
Programme start date:
January 2012
Programme end date:
December 2012
Geographic coverage:
UN Transitional Joint Vision Programme Cluster:
Cluster 7: Economic Development and Employment
WFP, ILO, UNFPA, UNIFEM, IOM, UNICEF, UNCU, WB, DGTTF, TTF, UNDRMP, TMAC, BOMCA, HIV,TB and Malaria Control Programme, German Agro Action, Aga Khan Foundation, Urban Institute, RosAgroFond, ACTED, Counterpart International, Caritas Switzerland, Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ, Germany), Oxfam GB, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), European Commission Technical Assistance for Commonwealth of Independent States (EC TACIS), DFID, ADB, WB, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Japan, UN Women, Norway, Finland, DFID, PEF, SDC, SIDA, UNDP
Focal points
Gulbahor Nematova,
Mubin Rustamov,

Responsible Programme Analyst

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