Uzbekistan is a resource-rich, double-landlocked country in the heart of Central Asia, and the most populated country in the region. Starting in September 2017, the government began implementing an ambitious program of policy reforms aimed at liberalizing markets and accelerating the private sector.
Environmental degradation and use of water intense cotton farming have contributed to serious environmental challenges in Uzbekistan, and have increased the need for sustainable water management practices and renewable energy sources. Although, Uzbekistan has made some advances in the promotion of women’s rights – gender-based violence remains a problem in Uzbekistan and there remains limited access to services, such as legal aid, psychological support and access to shelters.
ACTED has been active in Uzbekistan since 1999 and a key development actor in the country – supporting inclusive, sustainable economic development, local governance, civil society capacity building, women’s rights, housing and infrastructure, microfinance, health education, and water supply and sanitation. ACTED’s programmes in Uzbekistan are particularly focused on fostering inclusion of marginalized groups in rural areas and empowering local civil society.
ACTED has been supporting sustainable, inclusive development in Uzbekistan for over 20 years, with a focus on widening access to basic services as well as strengthening the role of civil society as a driver of sustainable social and economic development in the rural and remote regions of the country.
Most recently, ACTED has played a leading role in strengthening capacities to prevent gender-based and domestic violence; empowering local civil society and local authorities as drivers of inclusive development; and supporting the growth of sustainable private sector development, community-based tourism and eco-tourism. Finally, ACTED provides health education and works to build basic water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure to guarantee clean water to children in rural areas.
Gender Assessment of the Water Sector in Uzbekistan
Central Asia Water, Environment and Climate Change Cooperation (WECOOP III)
Food For Education 2019 Uzbekistan
Silk Road CBT Initiative: Connecting Central Asian Community-Based Tourism and European Markets
Protection and economic empowerment of women victims of domestic violence in Uzbekistan
Bolstering the Competitiveness of Small Community-Based Tourism Businesses through Enhanced Regional Cooperation in Uzbekistan and wider Central Asia
Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy production in the community-based tourism sector in Central Asia
Strengthening Civil Society to Advance Women’s Rights through Advocacy, Protection and Empowerment in Uzbekistan