Jan 12, 2017

Dushanbe, 10 January, 2017. The last Steering Committee meeting of “Empowering Rural Communities with Better Livelihood and Social Protection” project, jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UN WFP for the last three years has been conducted with participation of the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of RT, Rasht valley authorities, SDC and UN Agencies.

Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan in her opening remarks highlighted Project achievements, lessons learned and recommendations on how to further scale-up the human security approach in the development context of Tajikistan. 

It should be noted that the joint efforts of the implementing UN Agencies and the national counterparts within the Project allowed to improve the livelihoods of 48000 population in Rasht, Tojikobod, Laykhsh, Sangvor and Nurobod district where more than 15,000 people directly benefited from improved access to clean drinking water, and social infrastructure projects; 8600 meters of water supply lines, and electric water pumps were installed, which improved the irrigation capacity of more than 110 ha of lands; increased awareness and knowledge of more than 12,000 mothers and caregivers on essential childcare and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies; more than 4,500 vulnerable people in Rasht valley benefited from the food-for-work projects; the production of agricultural products for 1650 farmers and vulnerable families has increased out of which more than 660 are women and many other results for the benefit of most vulnerable population of Rasht Valley. 

Mr. Rahimjon Nabiev, First Deputy Chairman of Rasht district Administration expressed his gratitude to UN Agencies and SDC on behalf of the Rasht district local administration for the support and assistance provided and especially noted the benefits received by women as for instance, adrass weaving- training center was established in the region where during two-month period 150 female were trained on adrass weaving skills.

At the end it was concluded that community ownership is very important to ensure good results are not lost, they are sustained and mechanisms are put in place that will allow continuity of the experience beyond the project life. UN system will take all the lessons learned during the project implementation and will incorporate them in future while designing future joint projects.

 “Empowering Communities with Better Livelihoods and Social Protection” was a US$3.5 million three-year project, jointly implemented by five UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP and UNFPA) under UNDP’s lead. The project was funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), financed by the Government of Japan, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the 5 UN Agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, WN Women and UN WFP). The joint project was aimed  to improve the economic, food, environmental, health and personal securities of the population of Rasht Valley, to consolidate the region’s development in a sustainable manner under the concept of Human Security. In implementing the joint project, the UN Agencies delivered as One under the joint programmeby embedding a unique methodology and using the Human Security approach, which advocates for “protecting the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedom and human fulfillment”. 

Contact information

For more information please contact: Mr. Nozirjon Solijonov, Project Coordinator by e-mail at nozirjon.solijonov@undp.org

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