The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) , Tajikistan

Since 1995 GIZ has been supporting the economic and social rebuilding of Tajikistan. Since 1996 we have run a country office in Dushanbe. Programme offices have also been opened in Dushanbe, Khujant, Khorog and Kurgan-Tyube to support GIZ’s work in rural parts of the country. 
At the end of 2011, 20 seconded staff were working in the projects and programmes, along with 4 CIM experts engaged in forestry, wildlife management and microfinance measures, and 14 development workers and scholarship holders who were working in natural resources management, sustainable economic development and tourism. Five volunteers were also assigned to Tajikistan under the weltwärts programme.
During the Soviet era, Tajikistan was the soviet socialist republic with the lowest per capita income and thus received the highest transfer payments from Moscow. After independence, these payments dried up and the country suffered five years of civil war. This had a dramatic impact on the country’s already weak economy. Over the last 20 years the country has made little real progress in terms of economic development. 
Unfavourable general conditions, a lack of financing mechanisms and experts and the inequitable distribution of existing financial, institutional and human resources are resulting in underfinancing, inadequate management and poor services, especially in the state health care and education sectors. 
A large percentage of the population still live below the poverty line, with rural areas particularly hard hit.
For more than 15 years Germany has been helping rebuild Tajikistan, supporting structural reforms in the private and public sectors and implementing promotion measures in key social and economic sectors. 
Currently the focus of cooperation is on support for sustainable economic development and the health system. 
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is working with 18 bilateral and regional projects and programmes in the two priority areas and in the fields of education, sustainable natural resources management and tourism, in development-oriented emergency and transitional aid and in legal and judicial advisory services. On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, we are also involved in two measures, one in the field of vocational training and the other to promote regional water resources management. For the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) we are implementing a regional drug prevention programme for Central Asia. Within the framework of a co-financing arrangement with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), GIZ is implementing the Rural Growth Programme in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).