Tajikistan's economy enjoyed about 8% growth annually over the past decade thanks to a favorable external environment and high prices for its main exports, but following the crisis it now faces challenges related to energy and to job creation.
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DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, June 24, 2015. The Agency for Statistics under the President of Tajikistan (TajStat) has launched a new official poverty series and methodological note using a new approach in me... Show More +asuring poverty, marking a significant milestone in Tajikistan’s ability to monitor and strengthen the country’s poverty reduction efforts. The new National Poverty Measurement Methodology for Tajikistan was endorsed in April 2015 by Tajikistan’s Council for Poverty and Middle Class Measurement (Poverty Council) under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. The new approach is based on international best practice and was developed in partnership with the World Bank Group and with financial support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).“The new methodology will help us measure and report on the welfare of the population on a quarterly basis, which, in turn, will enable poverty trend tracking and inform important policy decisions,” said Mr. Qiyomuddin Norov, Deputy Director of TajStat. “The new method calculates poverty using the quarterly Household Budget Survey, which has been in continuous operation and improvement since 2009.” The World Bank Group and the Government of Tajikistan have been partnering in collecting, analyzing, and reporting high-quality poverty data. A series of trainings, study tours, and conferences were organized to strengthen the capacity of the TajStat and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, making TajStat equipped to measure poverty independently using this new approach. The methodology is a critical step in the design and monitoring of Tajikistan’s National Development Strategy for 2016-2030 and Mid-Term Development Strategy for 2016-2020, as it will help the Government to collect comprehensive and reliable household data and to report on poverty trends and indicators on a regular basis.The World Bank Group and DFID will continue to work with TajStat and the Poverty Council to further improve the management and implementation of the Household Budget Survey in Tajikistan to enable its wider use and utilization for broader policy decisions.The figure below shows poverty trends in Tajikistan calculated by TajStat using the approved methodology and Household Budget Survey data, and reported on a quarterly basis. The national poverty rate in Tajikistan dropped from 37.4 percent to 32 percent between 2012 and 2014, and the extreme poverty rate (measured by food poverty line at 2,250 Kcal per person a day) dropped from 20 percent in 2012 to 16.8 percent in 2014. Show Less -
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 – The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today an allocation of additional financing of US$10 million from the International Development Association for the Taj... Show More +ikistan Health Services Improvement Project, which, since August 2013, is working to improve the coverage and quality of basic primary health care services in Tajikistan. The Tajikistan Health Services Improvement Project aims to improve maternal and child health by piloting a performance-based financing (PBF) scheme, under which incentive payments are provided to rural health facilities for better coverage and quality of basic primary health care services. Currently it is implemented in eight districts of Khatlon and Sughd regions, covering 314 health facilities and approximately 1.86 million people. “As a result of the project pilot in Spitamen district, health facilities already reported an increased number of postnatal care visits and fully vaccinated children,” said Patricia Veevers-Carter, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan. “I am glad to see this project expand to additional districts, as more effective and responsive health facilities make families healthier and better off in the future.” The project focuses on the following main activities: piloting the use of performance-based incentives to primary health care facilities; training of primary health care doctors and nurses; reconstruction of selected primary health care facilities and provision of basic medical equipment; and building capacity at the central, regional, and district levels to manage and implement the PBF scheme. The additional financing will support the scaling up of these activities to an additional four districts in Khatlon, the Regions of Republican Subordination, and Badakhshan provinces. It will also finance the reconstruction of over 20 additional primary health care facilities. Up to date, the project has demonstrated positive results in improved performance of primary health care facilities on such indicators as contraceptive use, number of children fully vaccinated, and number of postnatal visits. The total incentive amounts earned by the 17 facilities in Spitamen district increased almost fourfold in just a few months - from US$5,534 in August 2014 to US$19,315 in December 2014. In January 2015, the PBF scheme was rolled out to 297 primary health facilities in the remaining seven project districts, with 326 health administrators and staff trained on PBF. In addition, more than 1,000 primary health care providers were trained in Family Medicine and updated clinical protocols and PBF principles since the start of the project. The original project and additional financing will finance the reconstruction of over 32 rural health centers. Currently, designs for the re-construction of twelve health facilities are in progress with actual civil works expected to start in early 2016. The original Tajikistan Health Services Improvement Project is financed through a US$15 million grant from IDA and US$4.8 million from the multi-donor Health Results Innovation Trust Fund. The Government of Tajikistan contributed an additional US$3.2 million to the project. The World Bank’s active portfolio in Tajikistan includes 21 projects with a net commitment of US$ 323.4 million (including regional projects) that aim to support economic growth through private sector development, while investing in better public services for people, such as education, health, municipal services and social protection. Since 1996, the World Bank provided over US$1 billion in grants and highly concessional credits from the International Development Association and trust fund resources to Tajikistan. The World Bank Group is committed to continue supporting Tajikistan as it strives to improve the lives of its people and meet the aspirations of its young and growing population. Show Less -
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 – The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today an allocation of additional financing of US$12 million from the International Development Association for the Sec... Show More +ond Public Employment for Sustainable Agriculture and Water Resources Management Project (PAMP-2), which focuses on improving agricultural production and creating temporary employment in rural districts of Tajikistan.The Second Public Employment for Sustainable Agriculture and Water Resources Management Project was launched in June 2013 to benefit 770,000 people residing in twelve districts of Tajikistan through temporary public employment and rehabilitation of important irrigation and drainage infrastructure. It also supports the development of improved policies and institutions for water resource management, including by providing support to the Water User Associations and building capacity of the irrigation sector institutions in Kofarnihon river basin. Up to date, the project created temporary employment opportunities for over 11,000 people, as a result of which is 3,350 kilometers of irrigation canals were manually cleaned. The project is financed by the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program and International Development Association grants at total amount of US $45.9 million.“Increasing opportunities for people to earn income through our existing project is an immediate measure to protect the poorest households from the impacts of the economic slowdown and decreasing remittances,” said Patricia Veevers-Carter, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan. “In the meantime, we continue working with the Government of Tajikistan on medium and long term priority measures to improve the performance of the economy through structural reforms and to create sustainable jobs by promoting better conditions for private sector growth.”The Additional Financing of US$12 million will expand the public works component of the PAMP-2 project in order to create additional temporary employment opportunities for 10,000 more vulnerable rural population in the view of the economic slowdown, decreasing remittances and anticipated risks to households’ food security. These activities will allow rehabilitating 2,800 km of irrigation infrastructure to improve irrigation of 70,000 hectares of land in six new districts, including Shahrtuz, Qabodiyon, Vakhsh, Qumsangir and Dangara in Khatlon Oblast and Vahdat in the Regions of Republican Subordination. Increased employment opportunities in agriculture could be especially beneficial for women who make up more than half of the work force in agriculture. The main implementing agency of the project is the Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation. All elements of the public works and infrastructure rehabilitation are implemented in close partnership with local authorities, Water User Associations, village leaders, and civil society organizations involved in the project implementation.The World Bank’s active portfolio in Tajikistan includes 21 projects with a net commitment of US$ 323.4 million (including regional projects) that aim to support economic growth through private sector development, while investing in better public services for people, such as education, health, municipal services and social protection. Since 1996, the World Bank provided over US$1 billion in grants and highly concessional credits from the International Development Association and trust fund resources to Tajikistan.The World Bank Group is committed to continue supporting Tajikistan as it strives to improve the lives of its people and meet the aspirations of its young and growing population. Show Less -
IDA Credit: US $6.6 million equivalentTerms: Maturity = 38 years, Grace = 6 yearsIDA Grant: US $5.4 million equivalentProject ID: P154327Project Description: The objectives of the project are to provi... Show More +de access to temporary employment to rural population through the rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage infrastructure, increase crop production in response to improved irrigation and infrastructure, and support improvement of policies and institutions for water resource management in Tajikistan.Contact:Elena Karaban(202) 473-9277Ekaraban@worldbank.orgFor more information, please visit here:http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P154327?lang=en Show Less -
IDA Credit: US $5.5 million equivalentTerms: Maturity = 38 years, Grace = 6 yearsIDA Grant: US $4.5 million equivalentProject ID: P153975Project Description: The objective of the project is to contrib... Show More +ute to the improvement of the coverage and quality of basic (primary) health care services in selected districts of Tajikistan.Contact:Elena Karaban(202) 473-9277Ekaraban@worldbank.orgFor more information, please visit here: http://www.worldbank.org/projects/P153975?lang=en Show Less -