Livelihoods Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-Border Areas Phase II Project (LITACA II)
History of engagement and achievements during Phase I (2014 – 2017):
The project is a logical continuation of the successes and lessons of the Project for Livelihood Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas financed by the Government of Japan through JICA and implemented by UNDP Tajikistan in cooperation with UNDP Afghanistan, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan (MEDT), and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (MRRD).
The key results of LITACA Project (Phase I) including:
· 220 local government officials (29 women) in Tajikistan and 147 (33 women) in Afghanistan covered under DDPs capacity building program;
· Construction rehabilitation of 86 rural socio-economic infrastructure directly 249,000 people;
· 500 unemployed people (232 women) received vocational trainings for the skills demanded at the labour market;
· 185 entrepreneurs (55 women) trained on business planning and development and 176 women benefited in Afghanistan from implementation of women economic empowerment projects;
· Small grants program for local economic development and introduction of the One Village One Product (OVOP) initiative targeting directly 2,693 (1,466 women) rural people;
· Effective partnerships and networks were built to support cross-border trade, such as cooperation with Aga-Khan Foundation on construction of electricity lines for energy supply of the new cross-border market in Shamsiddin Shohin district.
Project Goal: Strengthened living standards of selected rural communities in the bordering areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Project Outputs and activity results:
1. Border communities’ access to rural infrastructure and public services improved.
· Local governance institutions capacity to manage local development and planning processes enhanced;
· Activity result: Community-based rural infrastructures (health, education, transportation, irrigation and agricultural facilities) are built, rehabilitated, and / or strengthened.
· Employment opportunities for women and men in bordering provinces of Tajikistan and Afghanistan increased.
· Labour skillsets of m/f youth, unemployed, marginalized groups and returning migrants in selected bordering areas strengthened
· Ability of agro- and non-agro-based enterprises in selected border areas to generate new employment opportunities through OVOP concept are strengthened
2. Border communities’ access to cross border trade, dialogue, and partnerships, including opportunities for vulnerable and marginalized rural women improved.
· Promote and support local businesses in cross-border areas;
· Support cross-border economic cooperation and interaction;
· Enable rural women to register property and businesses in their names.
At least 130,072 (cumulative figure from both countries – 44,420 people in TJK) people will directly benefit from LITACA project while the livelihoods of more than 1,823,828 (cumulative figure from both countries – 971,700 people in TJK) people living in target bordering communities will be strengthened.