ACTED Tajikistan is committed to supporting sustainable and inclusive development in the country for over 20 years, working with the most vulnerable communities including women, disadvantaged youth and rural populations. With a coordination office in the capital Dushanbe and operational offices in Khujand, Murgab and Ayni, the NGO works to prevent natural disasters and support local civil society, and also contributes to the promotion of culture and heritage through the Bactria Cultural Centre.

Mission context

Since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and five years of a civil war that claimed over 100,000 victims, Tajikistan has seen a significant decline in its poverty rate, but still remains the poorest country in Central Asia, with 31% of its population still living below the national poverty line.

Half of the population depends on agriculture, which accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP. Sustainable development in the country is particularly hampered by the unique geography – the country is mostly covered by hard-to-reach high mountain areas – and its vulnerability to climate change, increasing the risks of natural disasters. With more than 900 rivers longer than 10 kilometers, Tajikistan is particularly prone to water-related disasters, which significantly affects lives and livelihoods.

ACTED in Tajikistan

In the northern Sughd Region and in the Murghab Plateau in the Pamir – among the worlds’ highest mountains – ACTED contributes to supporting the capacity of rural communities to prevent natural disasters through the improved management of natural resources, such as pasture land, forest and water, particularly affected by climate change. ACTED also supports a local market of energy-efficient products to generate income and reduce energy poverty.

The NGO has moreover been supporting the Bactria Cultural Centre that it has founded in 2001, which aims to promote the country’s heritage cultural diversity and facilitate access to culture. The centre, which is well established in Dushanbe and Khujand, offers language courses and a variety of cultural events, such as the Francophone Week and the Dushanbe International Jazz Festival. ACTED also works closely with its sister organization in country OXUS, to allow entrepreneurs as well as individuals to access microfinance products and opportunities.

ACTED, 2016
Fin de la plantation de pistaches dans le village de Tagoyak, district de Spitamen
ACTED, 2017
Replanting pistachio seeds after stratification in the place for temporary cultivation of seedlings, Langar villagge
ACTED, 2016
Planting of walnut in Oftobruy village, Devashtich district
Rehabilitation of mud channel in Bobuchak village, Devashtich district
ACTED 2017
Construction of cantilevered mud escape channel III in Oftobruy village, Devashtich district
ACTED 2017
Cross-border simulation exercise with participation of community-based organisations members, Isfara
Local masters learning on producing EE doors and windows
ACTED, 2016
Practical Training for local craftsmen on production of Energy Efficiency technologies, Devashtich district

Current projects

Stimulating crossborder rural trade in Isfara region of Tajikistan

English language for general audience and special purposes

Increasing the quality of life in remote communities in Tajikistan through improved access to electricity

Disaster Risk Reduction through transboundary integrated natural resources management in the Ak-Suu and Khoja-Bakirgan watersheds

Building solidarity, engagement and solutions for disaster affected and disaster prone communities through the EU aid volunteers initiatives

Opening and support of the Bactria Cultural Centre in Khujand

Grant for Kareen Mane RCVC Center – Street Children Program

Villard Center 2017

Promotion of the French language and culture in Tajikistan

Dushanbe Ethno-Jazz Festival 2017

From the Ground Up: Engaging communities in environmental protection

Improving livelihoods and food security through sustainable Natural Resource Management

National Water Resource Management

Obstacles and opportunities for effective involvement in healthcare governance

Bactria Cultural Center

The French humanitarian and development organization ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and  Development) founded Bactria Cultural Centre in Dushanbe  in December 2001. Since its inception, the  centre has not only facilitated the general public’s access to  culture, information and vocational training in Tajikistan, it  has also supported members of the artistic community who  were marginalized during the social and political upheaval following the civil war.

Throughout the years Bactria Culture  Centre has built a network of artists, curators, music producers, managers, students and other members of the Central Asian cultural community and connected them with audiences in the region.

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