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  • A Survivor’s Success Story, Sadafmo Rahmatova
    Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan is one of the 26 State Parties to sign the Mine Ban Treaty with a significant number of mine survivors and “with greatest responsibility to act, but also the greatest needs and expectations for assistance” in providing adequate services for the care, rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors (First Review Conference, Nairobi, 2005).

  • Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management in Tajikistan
    Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan is subject to a range of disasters, including earthquakes, floods, mudflows, avalanches, drought, and epidemics. Between 1997 and 2011, losses related to disasters exceeded $US 353 million. Given the impact of disasters on the lives of the population and the development of Tajikistan, UNDP Tajikistan has been supporting the Government of Tajikistan in building capacities to manage risks at the national and local levels since 2003. Key capacity building activities over the last decade have focused on information management and analysis, search and rescue, and improving and expanding disaster risk management training for government officials and in the education system.

  • Community Resilience to Disasters through Micro-Loan Supported Risk Management Funds
    Jun 13, 2018

    Tajikistan constantly experiences disasters. In many cases, these disasters affect a relatively small number of households. However, the high rate of rural poverty together with limited local government resources, mean even small disasters have correspondingly large impacts on community lives and livelihoods. Tajik households are often affected by largely avoidable disasters, where the lack of funds to manage the hazards is a significant contributory factor to the occurrence of these disasters.

  • Community approach to food security and natural resources
    Jun 13, 2018

    The 1992-97 civil war deepened the impacts of the transition to market economy on both rural communities and the protected area system in Tajikistan. The collapse of state infrastructures led to an overutilization of natural resources and the civil war increased the socio-economic hardship and ecological devastation caused by ad hoc processes of de-collectivization by displacing population into these protected areas.

  • Fighting HIV at its root the promotion of Opioid Substitution Therapy
    Jun 13, 2018

    The HIV epidemic is growing quickly in Tajikistan, with cases significantly up from the 429 officially registered in 2005 to 4674 in 2012. HIV prevalence is highest among at risk groups of population. Of particular concern is the high prevalence among Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), 13.5% in 2011. Tajikistan is one of the major smuggling routes for Afghan opiates, in particular heroin, and unsafe drug use is high. These high prevalence rates among IDUs has made injecting drug use the driving force of the epidemic, and interventions aiming to arrest the epidemic’s development need to focus on the needs of IDUs.

  • Fostering Agroforestry Measures and Sustainable Livelihoods  through Eco-Agriculture Micro-Loans
    Jun 13, 2018

    Managed by the regional microloan foundation (MLF) “Imdodi Rushd” established in 2009 under the Gissar Biodiversity project, the eco-agriculture microloan system has helped rural community members in four target jamoats – namely, Rabot (Tursunzoda city), Sabo (Shahrinav district), Khonakoi Kuhi (Gissar district) and Romit (Vahdat city) – build environmentally sustainable livelihoods. As a non-commercial financial institution, the MFL has so far disbursed microloans on agricultural, SME, livestock and horticulture activities in 66 villages of the target jamoats. As such, the eco-agriculture microloan system is designed to support small individual or group-based projects that both generate income and increase the capacity of the local population to adapt to climate change and climate variability through agro-forestry.

  • Landmines affect communities
    Jun 13, 2018

    During the civil war (1993-1997) some parts of Tajikistan’s territory were contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). Dashti Yazgulom, an area in Vanj district of Badakhshan Province, with relatively large agricultural lands, as well as lands for pasture, collecting wood and other domestic activities, was contaminated by landmines and ERW in 1993-1995. About 800,000 m² (80 hectares) of land was contaminated by landmines and ERW causing three people to be injured in this area. The last accident took place in 2005. Due to landmines and ERW, the local population could not use these lands for more than 10 years.

  • Learning emergency first aid skills on the northern border of Afghanistan
    Jun 13, 2018

    Afghan Border Police (ABP) officers do not receive any first aid training during their basic and post-academy training. Some 92 per cent of officers on the Afghanistan/Tajikistan border have no knowledge of critical lifesaving skills. Officers often work in remote areas under extreme winter and summer conditions while facing insurgents and drug traffickers without ready access to emergency care.

  • Mutual trust as a basis for Sustainable Development
    Jun 13, 2018

    In recent years development projects in Tajikistan were performed through tender procedures and the contractor was then selected by the donor. This process usually results in the implementation of projects that not necessarily tackle acute development problems of the population and do not empower nor strengthen the role of the authorities in the local economic development.

  • New Opportunities through Renewable Energy
    Jun 13, 2018

    The Jamoat Burunov in Vahdat district, to the east of the capital city Dushanbe, suffers from the challenges most rural communities in Tajikistan face: the lack of access to reliable energy. Almost every winter, as a result of its dependence on unreliable electricity imports, the country suffers from an energy crisis. It is estimated that over 1 million people live in rural areas with little or no access to adequate energy supply, which considerably hampers access to health, education and entrepreneurship. Large parts of the rural population are forced to increasingly turn to the burning of conventional biomass and fossil fuels to meet their energy needs.

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