Livelihoods improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas

Project key facts and figures

LITACA is a three-year initiative (March 2014 – February 2017, extended until September 2017).

The Project goal is to promote stability and security in targeted communities. To achieve this improvement, the Project pursues several strategies:

-          Improvement of local governance through enhancing the capacity to manage local development processes;

-          Enhancing local economic development through improvement of public infrastructure and services, vocational training and jobs creation;

-          Promoting cross-border cooperation through trade promotion, e.g. “One Village – One Product”, cross-border forums, fairs, Business to Business events.

Project budget is US$ 11 million, funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Implemented by UNDP Tajikistan (Direct Implementer in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade) in cooperation with UNDP Afghanistan (National Implementing Partner through the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development).


Geographical focus:

Tajikistan: Khatlon Province (Shaartuz, Qubodiyon, Jayhun, Panj, Dusti, Farkhor, Hamadoni and Shamsiddin Shohin; Afghanistan: Kunduz (Imam Sahib) and Takhor Provinces (Dashte Qala, Yangi Qala)

Socio-economic infrastructure built/rehabiliated: 

In Tajikistan

o   20 water supply, sanitation and irrigation facilities;

o   10 schools;

o   21 primary health care facilities;

o   2 small hydro power plants (100 and 170 kWt) and 1 construction of electric grid (10kWt) to supply to cross-border market;

o   6 disaster risk reduction projects (flood retention, river bank protection).

o   Agro processing workshop (in the framework of One Village – One Product (OVOP) Initiative).

In Afghanistan

o   7 irrigation facilities (irrigation canals and culverts);

o   3 community gravel roads;

o   1 bridge;

o   2 mini hydro power plants (up to 25kWt);

o   3 disaster risk reduction facilities (protection walls);

o   OVOP Center (for marketing, cold storage, packaging and vocational training).

Project beneficiaries:

Overall (indirect) who reside in targeted communities: more than 1,123,000 people.

Direct beneficiaries (including children and youth, women, elders and people with disability) targeted by the project:

-          462 civil servants, civil society and private sector representatives benefited from capacity building activities on local development processes enhancement;

-          Access to socio-economic infrastructure has been improved for more than 300,000 people through construction / rehabilitation of 77 rural infrastructure facilities;


-          500 beneficiaries received vocational training, 360 beneficiaries were trained on business development (361 beneficiaries) and small grants (61,703)

-          21 completed grants enhancing local economic activities (agriculture and livestock, gardening, agro-processing, bakery, sewing workshops, etc.), women economic empowerment directly covered 2,693 (1,466 women) and 61,703 indirectly (mainly members of their families and community residents).

-          1842 (682 female) people benefited from provision of technical assistance and capacity building to relevant organization on improvement of investment climate, improvement business environment and business advisory services at local level;

-          110 beneficiaries were targeted through piloting “One Village – One Product” initiative in (30 in Tajikistan and 80 in Afghanistan) directly and up to 680 people indirectly (members of their families, farmers and community residents).

-          LITACA contributed to construction of Shurabad Cross-Border Market, a place of employment opportunity for minimum to 200 people (100 for each side of the border).

-          Business-to-Business (B2B) matchmaking event has been conducted with participation of 30 business representatives from both countries (targeting up to 200 beneficiaries at this stage employed by these businesses). The event resulted with signing the 16 MoU for the total amount of US$600K (agro processing, dairy processing, cross-border trade, etc.)

-          “Khatlon-2016 Investment Forum” and Trade Fair have been conducted with participation of up to 1000 people (150 business representatives, 250 governmental representatives and 600 customers during trade fair) from Tajikistan and Afghanistan and other countries. The event resulted signing of 12 MoUs between Tajik – Afghan entrepreneurs with the aim to establish, develop and extend joint businesses.


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