UNDP Shaartuz Area Office
UNDP Shaartuz Area Office was established in 1997. Initially projects implemented by the Shaartuz Area Office were financed by UNDP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), the Government of Japan and the Asian Bank of Development. UNDP Shaartuz Area Office realized various projects in the sectors of agriculture, education, public health services and sanitary, irrigation, prevention of conflicts linked with supply of drinking water and strengthening of role of women. The majority of funds have been directed at strengthening of the basic social services, restoration of infrastructures and at the same time creation of jobs and providing income opportunities for the vulnerable of the population (women, returned refugees and the local population most suffered from war).
UNDP Shaartuz Area Office also actively participated in the construction/rehabilitation of Malaria Diagnostic Centers in Bokhtar, Shaartuz, Rumi, Pyanj, Kumsangir and Yavan districts in line with the ‘Malaria elimination in Tajikistan in 2009-2014’ project, financed by Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). The second component of the given project was devoted to the fight against tuberculosis through the construction of DOTS centers in Pyanj, Jomi and Shaartuz districts.
Natural disasters impose huge negative impacts on the development process in Tajikistan. To prevent negative consequences of natural disasters, the Shaartuz Area Оffice closely cooperates with the Disaster Risk Management Program (DRMP).
Starting from 2014 UNDP implemented the project for “Livelihood improvement in Tajik-Afghan cross-border Areas (LITACA)’, funded by Government of Japan thought JICA. The project promotes security and stability by reducing poverty, supporting economic development and cross-border cooperation among the communities. During the 1-st phase of LITACA project UNDP Shaartuz AO implemented sub-projects in the area of capacity development of local governments, civil society and private sector as well as rehabilitation of priority infrastructure initiatives in 5 out of 8 target districts. The second phase of the LITACA project started in 2018 as an intervention in the bordering districts of Tajikistan and Afghanistan to improve border communities’ access to rural infrastructure and public services, to increase employment opportunities and to improve access for cross border trade, dialogue and partnerships. UNDP Shaartuz AO continues the policy of the project, turning from social infrastructure sub-projects to more economic-related sub-projects.
Starting from 2018 UNDP Shaartuz AO started implementation “Strengthen health system and improve immunization service system” in target district, funded by GAVI Alliance.
Shaartuz Area is part of the Khatlon region which was formed in 1992 and which covers the area of 24,800 m2 (17% of country territory) with a total population of Khatlon of 3 124 400 as of January 2017. The center of the region is Bohtar city and the region consists of 24 districts, 4 cities and 133 jamoats. Shaartuz Regional Office functions in the western part of Khatlon region which is one of the poorest regions in Tajikistan and covers 14 rural areas, 3 cities and 78 jamoats within Western Khatlon. About 37 % of people of the region live in poverty and about 21% of people of the region live in extreme poverty Khatlon Oblast shares borders with Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Due to the fact that UNDP pays attention to the cross-borders cooperation and security the Shaartuz AO implemented a range of sub-project to address cross-border issues and promote security.
List of Prtners:
The EBSP of Khatlon Oblast and EBSP in all 14 district/cities, local jamoats, Local Public organizations, Associations of Dekhkan Farms, Water User Association and etc.
Government of Japan, GAVI Alliance, Global Ecological Fund, GFATM.
Abdulghani Ibrohimov, Area Manager