UNDP Khujand Area Office
Back in early 2000, the UNDP in Tajikistan founded one of its area offices in the most industrially developed regions, namely Sughd Region (formerly known as “Leninabad”), in its administrative center, known as Khujand city. It is a famous and an ancient city with the history of more than 2500 years.
Since its establishment in 2000, up to day (2017), the office has implemented 20 programmes, consisting of almost 500 sub-projects in all 14 existing districts of the region and in Khujand city. The number of direct and indirect beneficiaries is roughly estimated at approximately more than 2 million people (more than 80% of total region’s population). Those programmes and projects, implemented in the region, have so far been nailed on three main pillars of progress, such as Social Progress, Economic Growth and Environmental Protection.
Since 2000 to 2015, by trying to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through its activity, the office has addressed the critical challenges, including governance, drinking and irrigation water supply, agricultural reforms, local economic development initiatives, disaster risk management, health, education, employment and certainly, the conflict prevention, which were in line with the UNDP’s Country Programme Priorities (CPPs), such as: Poverty Reduction and achievement of MDGs; Reducing burden of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB; Good Governance; Crisis Prevention and Recovery; and, Environment and Sustainable Development.
As far as MDGs got transformed into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and consequently so are the CPPs, as of 2015 onwards, the regional office has been working with such country’s strategies and UNDAF as human rights, sustainable and inclusive development, and inequality aspects and tackle the new CPPs as such: Governance, rule of law and access to justice; Equitable and sustainable economic growth; Social equity and protection of vulnerable groups from violence and discrimination; and, Disaster risk reduction, resilience and environmental sustainability (emerging areas char down).
Throughout its presence in Sughd Region, the Area Office in Khujand could and has built positive relations with the local authorities at the Jamoat, District and Regional levels, as well as with civil society and private sector, and has been sustaining such a positive and a professional partnership links with all existing entities and sectors in the region.
Currently, for the last two reported years (2016-2017), the office is actively engaged in implementation of “Cross-border cooperation for sustainable peace and development”, which is funded by the Peacebuilding Fund (UN) and SDC, and being implemented by five UN agencies, such as UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF, UNWFP and UNFAO in partnership with sisteragencies from the Republic Kyrgyzstan. The project aims to enhance the cooperation and trust between communities and to reduce immediate risk of renewed violence (conflict recurrence).
Another project, which is being implemented for the last mentioned years, is “The livelihoods improvement of the local population”, which is being funded by the Government of the Russian Federation. This project is focused on enhancing the wellbeing of the rural population in nine districts of Tajikistan (targeted: more than 1 million) through good governance, planning and public services to population; through enhancing the investment climate in target areas and economically viable infrastructure rehabilitation works.
Administrative center of Sughd Region is Khujand city. The Sughd region shares a 906 km long border with Uzbekistan (Samarkand, Jizzakh, Tashkent, Namangan and Ferghana oblasts) and a 495 km long border with Kyrgyzstan (Batken oblast). The territory of the oblast is 26,100 km2 (18.2% of the country) and consists of 14 districts and 4 cities. Over 40 nationalities and nearly a third of the country’s population (31.3%) resides in the Sughd region. The region generates 40% of the industrial and 30% of the agricultural production of the entire country. The GDP breakdown for the region is: industry – 47%, agriculture – 27%, construction – 5.4%, trade – 2.6%, transport and communication – 7% and other productions and services – 11%.
List of Partners:
Regional Administration of Sughd Region, Districts’ administrations, Jamoats’ administrations, Districts’ Development Council, Jamoat Resource Center, The UNDP Kyrgyzstan, MSDSP (Aga Khan Foundation Network, MLF “Rushdi Sughd ”, Trade and Export Promotion Center, Union of Professional Consultant of Tajikistan, National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan, Association of Agribusiness of Tajikistan, PO SAS Consulting, Free Economic Zone “Sughd”, ICPO “Jovid”, Union of Business associations of Sughd oblast, ASTI and many others.
Government of Russian Federation, the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), UNDP (special funds such as BCPR, PBF), Government of Finland, Government of Luxemburg, Government of Japan, Government of Germany, Swiss Development Agency (SDC), ECHO, USAID, EU TACIS, GCPP, SIDA and many others.
Maqsud Aripov, Area Manager / Area Security Coordinator
Youtube: «Согд – долина возможностей» (Sughd – the valley of opportunities) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nAjRh_U3Zg