UNDP jointly with local community improves access to irrigation water for twenty members of Dekhkan Farm “Dilnur”

Aug 6, 2014

August 06, 2014, Khujand. - UNDP Communities Programme completed one of its small irrigation project in Jamoat Mehnatobod of Zafarabad district, Sughd oblast, which enables more than 20 members of Dekhkan Farm - “Dilnur” to irrigate their15 ha agricultural lands. Improved irrigation wells will increase the productiveness of agricultural goods, gives an opportunity to grow various agricultural products, contribute on improving of food security of the district, increase the profitability of their business and employ more local people, hence contribute to local economic development of the rural area of Sughd Oblast.

 The Head of the Dekhkan Farm “Dilnur” – “expressed his gratitude to the donors of the Programme and highlighted that this support was very substantive and important for the members of the Dekhkan Farm and therefore they have contributed significant effort to implement it”. It is considered as one of the best practices of UNDP in raising the ownership of local community and the regional and local administrations in jointly addressing the development challenges.  

 The Rural Growth Programme (RGP) is funded by Department of International Development of the UK Government (DFID), UNDP and German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and was jointly initiated in 2010. It was successfully implemented during 2010 – 2013 in Sughd oblast with the major focus on improving conditions and environment for local economic development, support to income generation and job creation for women and vulnerable groups. Successful implementation of two previous phases enabled UNDP to receive additional funds from DFID for the implementation of third phase of Trust Funds mechanism in 2014-2015.

 The implementation of this sub project was enabled through established Trust Fund mechanism under the Rural Growth Programme implemented in Sughd Oblast. District level Trust Funds were established by UNDP jointly with the Executive Body of State Power in Sughd Oblast for ensuring sustainable development of local economy through selection and implementation of the projects included into district and jamoat development programs. One of the features of this mechanism is that the local authorities and local communities co-share the cost of the projects with UNDP. It is worth to be mentioned that this project was accomplished with a contribution of local community for more than sixty percent of the total cost.

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 For more information please contact Mastona Khalilova –UNDP, Communities Programme, Communication and Partnership Officer at: mastona.khalilova@undp.org