300,000 people benefit from 76 implemented infrastructure projects under LITACA

Jan 25, 2017

Dushanbe January 24, 2016. The 6th Steering Committee (SC) meeting of “Livelihoods Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas (LITACA)” project brought together representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Embassy of Japan in Tajikistan, JICA Tajikistan and Afghanistan, as well as UNDP representatives of both countries. Progress of project implementation, challenges faced, ways forward and work plan for 2017 were presented to the SC members.

Prior to the meeting, delegation members had a chance to visit more than 20 project sites implemented under different components of the project in the place. LITACA supported implementation of 76 infrastructure projects (60 in Tajikistan and 16 in Afghanistan), with more than 300,000 people getting direct benefit, through renovation of water supply and irrigation system, building schools, medical centres, roads and bridges and small hydro power plants. The project combines rehabilitation work with capacity building for local governments and communities, strengthening population’s resilience to disasters and economic empowerment of women, youth and vulnerable people living on both sides of the border. So far, about 315 local government officials (168 in Tajikistan and 147 in Afghanistan) benefited from trainings and technical assistance. 500 vulnerable men and women obtained new vocational skills (tailors, gardeners, electricians, gas and electric welders, auto mechanics, bookkeepers/ accountants, plumbers, etc.).

“I want to emphasize that this project represents a very unique partnership example, bringing together governments and partners from both Tajikistan and Afghanistan to pursue a common goal of reducing security and livelihoods risks in the border areas through enhanced cross border cooperation and knowledge exchange” highlighted Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan in her speech.

The SC meeting was followed by half day workshop where Tajik and Afghan colleagues discussed  follow up actions on the recommendations made during the 6th LITACA Project SC meeting and 8th LITACA workshop held in January 2017. Furthermore, the workshop provided a good platform for brainstorming and group discussion on defining the main directions and activities in the new project document formulation.

The Project for Livelihood Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas (LITACA)” is financed by the Government of Japan through JICA at the amount of US$10.7 million and is being implemented by UNDP Tajikistan in close cooperation with UNDP Afghanistan for the period of three years 2014-2017. The LITACA Project helps the Tajik and Afghan people in the cross-border areas to actively improve their livelihoods, and strengthens their resilience that ultimately contributes to promoting regional security and stability.

Contact information

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:  Mr. Ruslan Ziganshin, LITACA Project Manager, Communities Programme, UNDP Tajikistan at ruslan.ziganshin@undp.org and Ms. Tahmina Rozikova, Communication and Partnership Officer, Communities Programme, UNDP Tajikistan at:tahmina.rozikova@undp.org

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