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Raising the Bar for Health Care in Tajikistan

Until recently, patients in Tajikistan visited impersonal hospitals where they went back and forth between specialists trying to diagnose them. This chaotic environment contributed to shockingly poor health indicators. Based on the Government’s priorities and 75 percent of national survey respondents who cited health as their greatest concern, the World Bank piloted a health care project and followed it up with the Community and Basic Health Project... More

Small Health Reform Blood Pressure

Small Rural Farmer

Tajik Farmers: Reaping What They Sow

Improvements in the agricultural sector were urgent, as about two-thirds of Tajikistan’s primarily rural population relies heavily on agriculture to make a living, with the sector comprising about 24 percent of GDP. To help bring about a recovery and spur economic growth, the World Bank has launched several rural projects in collaboration with the Government of Tajikistan since 2000... More

Small Projects Bring Large Rewards for Communities

Most poor communities, of course, suffer from multiple problems—lack of electricity, substandard health care, potholed roads, and more. In order to ensure that their more urgent problems were addressed, community members worked with the National Social Investment Fund of Tajikistan (NSIFT) to name the dominant problem in the community and apply for funding to address the need... More

NSIFT Small Herding

Small Rural Farmer

Putting Quality Education Within Reach

Until recently, Tajikistan’s education system
had been on the decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 1990s civil war. With the World Bank’s support, Tajikistan initiated the Education Modernization project in 2003, with the overall goal of improving access to quality education and raising student achievement levels...  More

Resettled community springs to life


Just five years ago, Khakim Nazarov’s prospects looked daunting. The young boy’s family and the rest of his community were resettled by the government from a disaster-prone area in mountainous Gorno Badakhshan to the arid plains of the Kabadiyan district in southern Tajikistan and left to their own devices...  More

The photo of Khakim Nazarov

Bringing Power to the Poor in the Pamirs

High in the Pamir mountains, deep in the interior of one of the poorest countries of the world, lies an isolated and impoverished region - the Gorno Badakhshan oblast in eastern Tajikistan.

A World Bank project seeks to bring affordable power to the region by reconstructing a hydropower plant. Schools, hospitals and businesses will benefit...More

 Revitalizing agriculture after
years of civil war

Mahmadali Safarov, a farmer from Tajikistan's Varzob district, has a big family and six hectares of privatized land. Two years ago he received a land certificate and joined two local water-users associations—developments that would have been unthinkable in the Soviet era.

Last fall the benefit of change from a World Bank project became tangible: a rich crop of potatoes, wheat, cabbage, and carrots.    More...
Bringing world class education
to Tajik schools

Shahnoza Aivezova, a ninth-grader at school in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, now has all the textbooks she needs, as well as a new hobby—computers. Kamila Sayismonova, a classmate of Shahnoza’s, says that since their school has been refurbished and equipped with these learning tools, students are not skipping class anymore.

The World Bank has helped to bring about this change in Tajikistan's schools through its Education Reform Project More...

Empowered Women Bring Change to War-torn Areas

The Bank-supported Women's Empowerment Pilot Project in Tajikistan is reversing the centuries-old social order in an impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of Dushanbe.

Thirty-year-old Bibi Soro is one of the women whose life has changed. And she in turn has begun to transform her once-alienated and war-torn community. ...More



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