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World Bank Supports Improved Access to Health Services in Tajikistan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 agosto 2013

WASHINGTON, The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$19.8 million grant for the Tajikistan Health Services Improvement Project, which aims to improve maternal and child health outcomes by increasing the coverage and quality of basic primary health care services in rural health facilities of Tajikistan.The new Project is being financed through a US$15 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) and US$4.8 million from the multi-donor Health Results Innovation Trust Fund (HRITF). The Government of Tajikistan contributed an additional US$3.20 million to the project.
The Project seeks to improve primary health care services in the districts of the Khatlon and Sughd regions through: 1) piloting the use of performance-based incentives to primary health care facilities; 2) training primary health care doctors and nurses; 3) physical rehabilitation and renovation of selected primary health care facility infrastructure and provision of basic medical equipment; and 4) building capacity at the central, regional, and district levels to manage and implement the performance-based financing scheme.The proposed project will be implemented in eight districts of Tajikistan, covering 1.86 million people, representing around 25 percent of the country’s population.“Residents of Tajikistan regularly raise concerns about access to and quality of primary health care. Working with the Government and concerned citizens, the project aims to address these concerns using a tested, innovative approach to improve performance of primary healthcare providers,” said Marsha Olive, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan. “By making primary health care facilities, including those in remote areas, more effective in providing services to the population, we strive to make families healthier and better off in the future.”Since 2000 the World Bank has been supporting the Government of Tajikistan in strengthening the country’s health sector through programs that supported the introduction and implementation of health reforms, including per capita financing for primary healthcare, strengthening capacity of medical workers, and rehabilitation of infrastructure. Given the problem of childhood malnutrition in Tajikistan, the World Bank also supports the provision of micronutrient supplements and nutrition education to women and children through a grant from the Japan Social Development Fund.As the World Bank commemorates its 20 years of partnership with Tajikistan this year, the human development sector continues to play an important role in the Bank’s overall portfolio. As a result, over 4,000 healthcare system workers received training, and 20 percent of country’s Primary Health Care network has been completely renovated.As of June 2013, the active portfolio of the World Bank in Tajikistan currently consists of 14 projects with a net commitment of US$232.6 million. The largest share of the portfolio is in agriculture and rural development (40 percent), followed by water and sanitation (15 percent), human development (14 percent), energy (13 percent), the public sector (12 percent), and the private sector (6 percent).

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World Bank Approves GEF and PPCR-supported Project to Help Communities in Tajikistan

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2013

Washington. The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$14.85 million grant for the Tajikistan Environmental Land Management and Rural Livelihoods Project, which aims to support more sustainable management of natural resources and increase the resilience of communities to climate change impacts.The Tajikistan Environmental Land Management and Rural Livelihoods Project is being financed through a US$9.45 million grant from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience of the Strategic Climate Fund (PPCR) and a US$5.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Trust Fund. Tajikistan is one of 18 countries participating in the PPCR supported by Multilateral Development Banks. In Tajikistan, the participating Banks are the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Asian Development Bank.“Tajikistan is prone to natural disasters and it is assessed as the most vulnerable country to the impacts of future climate change in the Europe and Central Asia region. The project will help communities better understand how climate change may affect their land, water supply, livestock and crops. By using sustainable natural resource management practices that work well in Tajikistan, communities will have greater food security now and for the years to come,” said Marsha Olive, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan.The agriculture sector is important for Tajikistan, as it accounts for 21 percent of GDP and 64 percent of employment. The project aims to benefit farmers by helping them carry out more effective and sustainable production and land management practices, and thereby help build their resilience to climate change. The project will also support analytical work and capacity-building in areas related to climate change risks and adaptation, integrated land, water and grazing management, and incentive-based approaches for sustainable land management. The direct beneficiaries are expected to be at least 21,000 rural households or 126,000 people in selected project sites.Tajikistan’s trust fund portfolio — one of the largest in Europe and Central Asia — remains an important supplement to the resources from the International Development Association (IDA), accounting for about 30 percent of total combined commitments in 2010–12. The Tajikistan portfolio includes 47 trust-funded operations with US$87 million in commitments. The active portfolio of the World Bank in Tajikistan currently consists of 14 projects with a net commitment of around US$232.8 million. The largest share of the portfolio is in agriculture and rural development (27 percent), followed by energy (24 percent), water and sanitation (18 percent), human development – education, health, and social protection (24 percent), the private sector (4 percent), and the public sector (2 percent).

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World Bank Media: Europe and Central Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 febbraio 2012

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Dushanbe.The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved additional financing in the amount of 10 million USD for the Tajikistan Land Registration and Cadastre System for Sustainable Agriculture Project. The additional financing of the project will support three major aspects of Tajikistan’s reform agenda for land and immovable property. It will contribute to expanding farmland restructuring and the issuance of land use-rights certificates to farmers, support the development of a cadastral system with spatial data about properties, and develop a set of pilot activities and plans for the development of a future immovable property registration system in Tajikistan. The additional financing will help to create the enabling conditions for private sector-led development in agriculture and other sectors of the economy.Throughout the three years of the project’s extension under the additional financing, actions will be taken to build understanding on how to improve the immovable property registry system by testing and demonstrating the integration of registry and cadastral information and good customer service in selected areas, and supporting analysis and planning for their expansion to the national level. The project will further expand farmland restructuring and issuance of certificates for family farms, and expand the issuance of use rights certificates for other types of immovable property. It will also include support for the activities that complement farmland restructuring and certificate issuance, including information for farmers and other immovable property users. Grants for on-farm irrigation rehabilitation, and environmental land management, also comprise an important aspect of the additional financing. Since its inception in October of 2005, the project has achieved a number of important results. So far, the project has been responsible for the issuance of over 37,500 land use certificates for family and individual farms, out of about 50,000 issued throughout the country. Seven Regional Land and Cadastral Centers have been put into operation, and a geodetic reference network has been developed for use for the legal cadastre system. The project has fostered a number of policy reforms, including initiatives related to farm debt resolution, spatial data availability, and the decentralization of certificate issuance, and has also built awareness of other key land policy issues. The project has also financed 60 grants to Water User Associations to support on-farm irrigation rehabilitation investments on 10,700 ha in 23 districts, involving nearly 23,000 land use certificate shareholders. In addition, over 132,000 people have been educated about the meaning of land use rights and the process of restructuring large government-managed farms into family and individual holdings. The project has also supported a large-scale publicity campaign and technical training.
The Tajikistan Land Registration and Cadastre System Project is currently financed by a 20.39 million USD grant from the International Development Agency (IDA) arm of the World Bank Group, which includes a contribution of 90,000 USD from the Government of Tajikistan, and 330,000 USD worth of contributions from the beneficiaries of the project.
The active portfolio of the World Bank in Tajikistan consists of 15 projects with a net commitment of US$ 212.5 million. The largest share of ongoing portfolio is in agriculture and rural development (31 percent), followed by energy (23 percent), water (17 percent), education (15 percent), health (8 percent), and economic policy and public sector (6 percent).

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Tajikistan Energy Loss Reduction Project

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 febbraio 2012

Nature of Tajikistan

Nature of Tajikistan (Photo credit: veni markovski)

Washington.The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved additional financing of US$ 18 million for the Energy Loss Reduction Project in Tajikistan. The project assists in reducing the commercial losses in the electricity and gas sectors, and lays the foundation for the improvement of the financial viability of the electricity and gas utilities in a socially responsible manner. The Energy Loss Reduction Project was initially approved in June 2005 and was funded by an International Development Association (IDA) credit and grant of US$ 19 million, and a US$ 8 million grant from the Government of Switzerland’s Secretariat for Economic Cooperation (SECO). The project was restructured in February 2011 to include financing for the assessment studies for the proposed Rogun Hydropower Project. To date, the project enabled Barki Tajik to install 170,000 electricity meters in Dushanbe. As a result, electricity billed increased by 50 percent in two years, improving efficiency, reducing losses, and helping to put the utility on a sounder financial footing.”The energy sector is crucial for the growth of Tajikistan’s economy, and more importantly, for the well-being of the Tajik people,” said Ms. Marsha Olive, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan. “We hope that this additional financing will help further the energy security agenda and will inform the Government’s strategic energy development objectives.”The project will scale-up metering and collection efficiency, contributing to further loss reduction in the sector. Furthermore, the additional financing for the project includes several strategic studies to help in achieving improved system reliability and energy security, particularly during the critical winter months, such as for rehabilitation and sedimentation studies for the Nurek Hydropower Plant. In addition, it provides advisory support needed by the Government of Tajikistan for the preparation of electricity export arrangements such as the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market development initiative (CASA-1000 project).The additional financing will also support continuation of the international process of the assessment studies for the proposed Rogun Hydropower Project in Tajikistan, as envisaged by earlier project restructuring. The Government of Tajikistan is expected to define a detailed implementation schedule for the assessment studies in line with international standards. It is expected that the draft feasibility studies will be available in about nine months for subsequent review and consultations in Tajikistan and with the riparian countries. The expected outcome of the additional financing is the increased capacity and ability of the Government to make strategic decisions for the growth and sustainability of the energy sector and the country’s economy. The project is also expected to deepen the impact of the metering program through increased billing and higher collections, which would subsequently lead to improvement in the financial viability of the sector, and build better accountability of energy and revenue flows. The completion of the metering and billing component would provide the customers with satisfaction of fair treatment and assurance that they are paying for what they actually consume, thus supporting the project’s objective of loss reduction in a socially responsible manner.
The World Bank is also currently preparing a power supply options study for Tajikistan. This study will assess the energy supply options available to Tajikistan taking into account power, economic, environmental, social, and water management considerations. The World Bank’s overall engagement in the energy sector supports the Government of Tajikistan’s strategy to ensure reliable supply to consumers, deal with the severe winter energy shortages, reduce electricity system losses and strengthen financial management system to improve the financial condition of the energy sector, and develop a regional trade scheme to achieve sustainable export of summer surplus electricity.
The overall active portfolio of the World Bank in Tajikistan currently consists of 14 projects with net commitment of US$ 192 million covering energy and water (35 percent), agriculture and rural development (31 percent), education, health and social protection (30 percent), and economic policy and public sector (4 percent).

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