UN PROMOTES EMPOWERING RURAL COMMUNITIES IN RASHT VALLEY
Dushanbe, 4 July 2014. Five different UN agencies have joined their efforts in improving livelihoods and social protection in Rasht Valley. Steering Committee Meeting on Project “Empowering Rural Communities with Better Livelihood and Social Protection”, jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UN WFP, has been conducted today. The three-year Project with the total amount of 3.5 million US dollars is financed by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and five UN Agencies involved in project implementation.
The event was very well attended by high level representatives of the Government of Tajikistan and Rasht valley authorities, UN Agencies, and Donor organizations of Tajikistan, civil society organizations of Rasht valley as well as representative of UN Human Security Unit.
Mr. Alexander Zuev, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan, has chaired the meeting and at his speech highlighted that the ‘Delivering as One UN’ approach, applied in the framework of the Project, enables it to draw on the expertise and comparative advantage of each UN agency in addressing the different insecurities faced by the target population.
The Steering Committee members have reviewed and discussed the summary of achieved results during the first year of the project implementation and noted good level of progress made by the implementing UN Agencies.
“Taking into account that the Government of Tajikistan is planning to organize a Forum on socio-economic development of Rasht valley where priorities can be reviewed and challenges discussed, the current project is highly relevant and timely”, - stated Mr. Umed Davlatzod the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan during his speech.
The participants of the meeting emphasized the importance and significance of ‘Delivering as One UN’ approach since the human security challenges of Rasht valley are multifaceted, and it is widely recognized that joint efforts of different development partners are much more effective to address all these challenges.
The Project will continue working closely with the local authorities, community partners and civil society organizations of the Rasht Valley (Rasht, Nurabad, Tajikabad, Tavildara and Jirgatol) to ensure human security by improving livelihoods and resilience of rural communities. It is expected that the Project will improve the livelihoods and personal security of more than 48,000 people, including 28,000 women living in 5 districts of the Rasht Valley.
For more information please contact: Mr. Nozirjon Solijonov, Project Manager by phone at (93) 999 90 39 or by email at email@example.com
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