What We Do

UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. UNDP offers its  expertise in development thinking and practice, and decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.

UNDP began its operations in Tajikistan in 1994. Nowadays, Tajikistan is a peaceful and stable country, with a rapidly developing economy. Recovery from the devastating social and economic consequences of civil war and the start of reforms led to steady, though unequal, growth over the past decade averaging 8 per cent annually, according to World Bank country data. Poverty declined from 81 per cent in 1999 to approximately 32 per cent in 2014, according to the National Development Strategy review report 2014, thereby allowing the country to meet Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 Enrolment and completion of primary education are near universal with good gender parity, and the maternal mortality rate halved between 2000 and 2013. Tajikistan is among the top 10 economies that improved most in 2013-2014, making it easier to do business, according to the Doing Business Report 2015.

A member of the United Nations Country Team in Tajikistan, the UNDP works with the Government of Tajikistan, people, civil society and businesses to strengthen the rule of law, promote human rights and freedoms, protect the environment and support economic and social reforms for social inclusion and an equitable society. UNDP plays an active part to harmonize the efforts of all the UN agencies active in the country.

The UN agencies’ activities in Tajikistan regulated by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The UNDAF for Tajikistan focus on four strategic areas that respond to country development needs and make use of the United Nations’ comparative advantages. These were identified through an intensive consultation process with authorities in Tajikistan and Implementing Partners: (1) Democratic Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights (2) Sustainable and equitable economic development, (3) Social Development, Inclusion and Empowerment and (4) Resilience and Environmental Sustainability. The UNDP Country Development Programme for 2016-2020 is also formulated with broad participation of the Government of Tajikistan and directly addresses the country priorities reflected in the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2016-2030 and the Midterm Development Programme (MTDP) 2016-2020. It is in full alignment with the development of the UNDAF 2016-2020 and linked with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. In 2016, UNDP is continuing its work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years. These Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet.

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