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.
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.
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.
Stimulating crossborder rural trade in Isfara region of Tajikistan
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
From the Ground Up: Engaging communities in environmental protection
Improving livelihoods and food security through sustainable Natural Resource Management
National Water Resource Management