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Tajikistan

Introduction

Together with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan ranks 125th (2012) in the UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI), which monitors the annual social and economic development of the world’s countries. It has the lowest GDP per capita among all post-Soviet countries. To escape a difficult situation on the labour market, over a million Tajiks have emigrated to Russia for economic reasons. With arable land occupying as little as 7 per cent of the country’s area, the major crop is cotton whose farming is strictly controlled by the state. Although as much as 60 per cent of the population are farmers, Tajikistan imports 60 per cent of its foodstuffs. In recent years, the Tajiks have experienced increasing economic hardship stemming from the closure of the border with neighbouring Uzbekistan and rising food prices. Women are at the greatest risk of social exclusion.

Poland has no diplomatic post in Tajikistan, with the Embassy in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) also accredited in Tajikistan.

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Actions in 2012

In 2012, Tajikistan benefitted from four projects amounting to PLN 733,656, including one project carried out by the Polish Embassy in Tashkent. One of the 2012 undertakings was concerned with improving water management in the Fergana Valley so as to provide local people with better access to potable water. The measure ran simultaneously in the Osh province (Kyrgyzstan) and in the Sogda region (Tajikistan). The Polish MFA allocated a total of over PLN 455,000 towards the project.

No.

Partner

Project

Grant's value (PLN)

1

Polish Center for International Aid 

Developing women's cooperatives in the Shahrtuz region in southern Tajikistan 

120 000

2

Foundation Education for Democracy 

Let's tailor our future - rural development in Sughd Province in Tajikistan 

 114 900

3

East European Democratic Centre

Increasing the availability of drinking water in the rural areas of Ferghana Valley through technical and institutional support of local water users organization

455 316

 4

Polish Embassy in Tashkent

Maternity protection and enhancement of public access to quality health care in GBAO 

43 440

TOTAL: 733 656 PLN

Since 2012, Tajikistan has been on the list of Polish Aid priority countries. So far, a total of 11 projects were implemented between 2008 and 2012 to support Kyrgyzstan’s development. The MFA allocated a total of PLN 2,619,618.97 to these activities, with PLN 68,276.97 going towards two projects implemented by the Polish Embassy in Tashkent and PLN 2,235,923 spent on eight measures conducted by Polish local governments and NGOs.

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Actions in 2011

In 2011, Poland extended PLN 165,426 in assistance to Tajikistan. These funds were distributed through the “2011 Development Aid” call for proposals and the Small Grants System. The assistance focused on promoting good governance practices and mobilising women into professional and social activity.

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