UNDP in Uzbekistan - Supporting community-based development
From 2005 to 2010, the Enhancement of Living Standards (ELS) programme worked to improve access to services, rehabilitate infrastructure and diversify income generation in the Andijan, Karakalpakstan, Namangan and Fergana regions. The programme was financed by the EU, implemented by UNDP, and was part of the Area Based Development Programme.
The project’s objective was to utilise locally-available resources to improve living standards in a tangible manner. The programme was piloted in Karakalpakstan and the Fergana Valley, which had similar infrastructure requirements and levels of access to sanitation, power, electricity and telephone communications, all of which needed to be upgraded. While agriculture is a major source of income in these regions, small businesses, rural enterprises, family-run tourism facilities and handicrafts production are all potential alternative income sources. The ELS programme has taped into these available resources and opportunities, in order to enhance the livelihoods of regional populations.
The programme’s objectives focused on three components. These included (I) the development of regional and local strategies to encourage people to participate in developing their communities, (II) the empowerment of local communities to improve their own social welfare, and (III) the improvement and diversification of income generation opportunities.
The programme utilised an integrated approach, in which the above three components worked in synergy to support the national development strategy and the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. To ensure its success the ELS programme worked in close coordination with other on-going UNDP initiatives, in particular with the Area Based Development Programme that has worked in the Karakalpakstan, Kashkadarya and Tashkent regions.