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A Survivor’s Success Story: Sadafmo Rahmatova

Tajikistan is one of the 26 State Parties to sign the Mine Ban Treaty with a significant number of mine survivors and “with greatest responsibility to act, but also the greatest needs and expectations for assistance” in providing adequate services for the care, rehabilitation and reintegration of su more

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Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is subject to a range of disasters, including earthquakes, floods, mudflows, avalanches, drought, and epidemics. Between 1997 and 2011, losses related to disasters exceeded $US 353 million. Given the impact of disasters on the lives of the population and the development of Tajikistan, UND more

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Community Resilience to Disasters through Micro-Loan Supported Risk Management Funds

Tajikistan constantly experiences disasters. In many cases, these disasters affect a relatively small number of households. However, the high rate of rural poverty together with limited local government resources, mean even small disasters have correspondingly large impacts on community lives and li more

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Community approach to food security and natural resources

The 1992-97 civil war deepened the impacts of the transition to market economy on both rural communities and the protected area system in Tajikistan. The collapse of state infrastructures led to an overutilization of natural resources and the civil war increased the socio-economic hardship and ecolo more

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Fighting HIV at its root: the promotion of Opioid Substitution Therapy

The HIV epidemic is growing quickly in Tajikistan, with cases significantly up from the 429 officially registered in 2005 to 4674 in 2012. HIV prevalence is highest among at risk groups of population. Of particular concern is the high prevalence among Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), 13.5% in 2011. Taji more

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Fostering Agroforestry Measures and Sustainable Livelihoods through Eco-Agriculture Micro-Loans

Managed by the regional microloan foundation (MLF) “Imdodi Rushd” established in 2009 under the Gissar Biodiversity project, the eco-agriculture microloan system has helped rural community members in four target jamoats – namely, Rabot (Tursunzoda city), Sabo (Shahrinav district), Khonakoi Kuhi (Gis more

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Landmines affect communities

During the civil war (1993-1997) some parts of Tajikistan’s territory were contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW). Dashti Yazgulom, an area in Vanj district of Badakhshan Province, with relatively large agricultural lands, as well as lands for pasture, collecting wood and othe more

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Learning emergency first aid skills on the northern border of Afghanistan

Afghan Border Police (ABP) officers do not receive any first aid training during their basic and post-academy training. Some 92 per cent of officers on the Afghanistan/Tajikistan border have no knowledge of critical lifesaving skills. Officers often work in remote areas under extreme winter and summ more

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Mutual trust as a basis for Sustainable Development

In recent years development projects in Tajikistan were performed through tender procedures and the contractor was then selected by the donor. This process usually results in the implementation of projects that not necessarily tackle acute development problems of the population and do not empower no more

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New Opportunities through Renewable Energy

The Jamoat Burunov in Vahdat district, to the east of the capital city Dushanbe, suffers from the challenges most rural communities in Tajikistan face: the lack of access to reliable energy. Almost every winter, as a result of its dependence on unreliable electricity imports, the country suffers fro more