Uzbekistan

ACTED has started developing its activities in Uzbekistan in 1999 and to date remains one of the few International NGOs active across the country. ACTED has been active in the fields of food security, livelihoods, economic development, conflict mitigation, local governance, capacity building of civil society organisations, shelter and infrastructure, microfinance, health education, reproductive health care and water and sanitation. ACTED's programmes in Uzbekistan are particularly focused on marginalized groups in rural areas and the local civil society.

Mission context

Uzbekistan, strategically located at the heart of Central Asia, offers a puzzling vision of development where mass poverty coexists with levels of education and life expectancy close to those of developed countries. Local populations, which majority lives in traditional rural areas, are confronted with socio-economic issues, poor governance and lack of access to natural resources.

 

Since 2016, Uzbekistan has achieved significant progress, in particular with the promotion of civil society, the relaxation of the foreign exchange policy, and the diffusion of tensions with its neighbouring countries that brought an unexpected and welcomed bowl of oxygen to the region. However, for some challenges a long way is still to go: Uzbekistan is facing lack of employment opportunities and strong disparities in living standards between rural and urban areas, leading to high levels of migration. Moreover, the Uzbek economy continues to depend on the exploitation of extractive and agricultural raw material, in particular cotton. Water management is another pressing issue: the country is faced with environmental vulnerabilities, with the disaster of the Aral Sea and the depletion of water resources linked to the culture of cotton, while securing water supplies is at the centre of political tensions with neighbouring countries. Other pressing issues include tackling desertification, gender inequalities and the potential rise of religious radicalization, all challenges that ACTED strives to address through its projects. Governance at central and local levels needs to be supported to improve participatory decision-making processes, transparency, and openness of government bodies.

 

ACTED in Uzbekistan

ACTED focuses on the following programmatic priorities in Uzbekistan:

  • To improve the health of the rural population and to mobilize the communities on improving health, decreasing the number of key infectious diseases, changing the practice and attitude of rural population to health and preventing delivery and spread of malaria in the neighboring areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
  • To support vulnerable families, families with disable people, mainly single mothers with many children.
  • To increase the incomes of vulnerable rural population through improving their agricultural activity by providing high-quality fertilizers and seeds, including provision with livestock and various equipment for processing agricultural production.
  • To improve of management of natural resources, ensure the protection of the environment, promote the development of renewable energies and prepare of rural population to emergency situations as well as their capacity to react to natural disasters.
  • To improve the access of vulnerable rural population to water through the development of social infrastructures and trainings of rural populations on hygiene.                          

Current projects

Fostering the role of women CSOs in promoting good governance in Uzbekistan

Promoting Health Education and Improving Access to Clean Water in Schools

Protection and self-employment to strengthen women’s rights

Uzbekistan CSO Empowerment & Promotion Project – Phase II

Uzbekistan civil society organisations empowerment and promotion project

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