Rural Growth Programme RGP Steering Committee Meeting,  16 June 2010
Current situation  <ul><li>Economic transition period  </li></ul><ul><li>Financial crisis  </li></ul><ul><li>Lower export ...
Trust Fund  <ul><li>Support to implementation of DDPs  </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on economic development based on agreed ...
Target areas
RGP Purpose <ul><li>Goal:   To  improve the local environment for economic growth, income generation and employment creati...
RGP Components <ul><li>Rural economic development through improved:  </li></ul>Local Planning <ul><li>Target:  Government,...
Competitive Advantage  <ul><li>.  </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage:   Close partner of national go...
Other RGP Partners <ul><li>Ministries and State Agencies  (MEDT, MoA, MoLSP, State Investment Committee, etc ) </li></ul><...
RGP Coverage Areas
Beneficiaries <ul><li>Direct:  Smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, business associations, extension service agents, VTIs, ...
<ul><li>Approx.  30%  of the population </li></ul><ul><li>Poorest region  in Tajikistan  </li></ul><ul><li>Significant  in...
RGP Outputs & Lead Agencies Good Governance Private Sector Development  Microfinance
Budget <ul><li>Total budget = $ 18.7 Million </li></ul>DFID $ 12 Million UNDP $ 3  Million GTZ $ 3.7 Million
Activities – Good Governance <ul><li>Strengthening the capacity for  development planning, implementation  and  monitoring...
Activities – Business/Agriculture <ul><li>MSME promotion  along the value chain, particularly in the F&V sector </li></ul>...
Activities – Private Sector <ul><li>Development of the  business associations  and their apex institutions </li></ul><ul><...
Activities – Vocational Training <ul><li>Support to  local vocational training  scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Labour migration ...
Activities – Micro and Rural Finance <ul><li>Linking MSMEs in F&V sector to  financial services </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-fi...
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  • The Programme aims to foster an environment for rural economic development through the following components: Improving capacities of local governance actors (government, private sector and civil society) for local development planning with an emphasis on rural economic growth, including the implementation and monitoring of local development plans in line with NDS and PRS; Facilitating access for producers/farmers and MSMEs to appropriate, professional, and sustainable business and technical advisory/extension services ; Supporting organized member focused business associations and their apex institutions in developing adequate and responsive services and advocacy support for its members; Strengthening selected district vocational training institutions to meet regional and international market demands for better qualified labor and safe migration; Facilitating access for producers/farmers, poor, women, and MSMEs to a variety of financial products and services available from Micro Finance Institutions.
  • The RGP is based on a partnership approach which seeks to capitalize on the competitive advantage of partners. UNDP : Being one of the key multilateral development organizations, UNDP will play a role of a close partner of the national government of Tajikistan in strengthening the governance system and its capacities to support local economic development. GTZ: The RGP will also rely on the experience and position of GTZ in promoting the private sector and microfinance development through ensuring micro-meso-macro level linkages throughout the intervention. This approach secures a solid link between field experiences and policy making processes.
  • The RGP will concentrate on the rural areas of Tajikistan, which is significantly more deprived from access to development opportunities, resources and basic services than urban areas. The Sughd region , where RGP will be implemented, includes the Zerafshan and Fergana valleys. These areas are some of the most densely populated regions in Tajikistan and accounts for almost 30% of total country’s population. Notably, Sughd region was ranked as the poorest in terms of household living standards, although in the Soviet period, it used to be one of the leading regions in terms of revenue collection and agriculture/trade outputs. It has a wide diversity of districts have typical conditions found in other areas of the country; thus, models piloted in Sughd for the RGP would have considerable replication potential
  • Rural Growth Programme

    1. 1. Rural Growth Programme RGP Steering Committee Meeting, 16 June 2010
    2. 2. Current situation <ul><li>Economic transition period </li></ul><ul><li>Financial crisis </li></ul><ul><li>Lower export opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced volume of remittances </li></ul><ul><li>Low agriculture productivity </li></ul><ul><li>The Political Context </li></ul><ul><li>Law on public self-action (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>New law on local self-governance (2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Law on local state power (2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Law on gender equality (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Food and vegetable strategy (2010) </li></ul>] . [
    3. 3. Trust Fund <ul><li>Support to implementation of DDPs </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing on economic development based on agreed criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Open tendering process </li></ul><ul><li>Cost sharing from state and non-state funds </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency and accountability </li></ul>
    4. 4. Target areas
    5. 5. RGP Purpose <ul><li>Goal: To improve the local environment for economic growth, income generation and employment creation in Sughd region, northern Tajikistan </li></ul>
    6. 6. RGP Components <ul><li>Rural economic development through improved: </li></ul>Local Planning <ul><li>Target: Government, private sector, civil society </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Impl. & monit. of plans in line with NDS/PRS </li></ul>Business Advisory/Extension services <ul><li>Target: Producers, farmers, MSMEs </li></ul><ul><li>Focus : Appropriate, professional, and sustainable services </li></ul>Vocational Training <ul><li>Target: Unemployed, migrants, women </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Meeting regional & int’l demands </li></ul>Micro Finance Services <ul><li>Target: Producers, farmers, MSMEs, poor, women </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Variety of products and services </li></ul>Business Associations <ul><li>Target: Member focused associations </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Adequate and responsive services </li></ul>
    7. 7. Competitive Advantage <ul><li>. </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage: Close partner of national government </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: Strengthen capacities of governance system and support to local economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Micro Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage: Experience and leader in promoting private sector and microfinance development </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: Expand services and ensure micro-meso-macro linkages </li></ul>Advantage: Link between field experience & policy-making processes
    8. 8. Other RGP Partners <ul><li>Ministries and State Agencies (MEDT, MoA, MoLSP, State Investment Committee, etc ) </li></ul><ul><li>IOM – Labour migration components; </li></ul><ul><li>All Hukumats and 60% of Jamoats in Soughd oblast; </li></ul><ul><li>Business and Dekhan Farms Associations; </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-finance Institutions (MLF,MLO,MDO); </li></ul><ul><li>Extension service agents; </li></ul><ul><li>MSMEs; </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs (on competitive basis); </li></ul>
    9. 9. RGP Coverage Areas
    10. 10. Beneficiaries <ul><li>Direct: Smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, business associations, extension service agents, VTIs, MFIs; </li></ul><ul><li>Indirect: rural population of Soughd oblast, especially women; </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Approx. 30% of the population </li></ul><ul><li>Poorest region in Tajikistan </li></ul><ul><li>Significant industry and trade potential </li></ul><ul><li>Sughd Oblast incorporates : </li></ul><ul><li>Zeravshan Valley </li></ul><ul><li>Ferghana Valley </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-border trade and development </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to apply ABD comprehensively: </li></ul><ul><li>Governance: Oblast and national linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Private Sector: value-chain/value-adding aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-Finance: MLFs development, fund size </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-Cutting issues: incl. Conflict resolution etc. </li></ul>Why Soughd? <ul><li>Proposed RGP Implementation Zones: </li></ul><ul><li>UNDP & DFID: Ayni and Khujand Area Offices, covering Sughd Oblast (i.e. Zeravshan/Ferghana Valleys), expanding from 3 Hukomats/24 to 14 Hukomats/60% of Jamoats; </li></ul>UNDP Area Offices
    12. 12. RGP Outputs & Lead Agencies Good Governance Private Sector Development Microfinance
    13. 13. Budget <ul><li>Total budget = $ 18.7 Million </li></ul>DFID $ 12 Million UNDP $ 3 Million GTZ $ 3.7 Million
    14. 14. Activities – Good Governance <ul><li>Strengthening the capacity for development planning, implementation and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector reforms </li></ul><ul><li>Private sector and civil society participation </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting infrastructure and government transactional services </li></ul>
    15. 15. Activities – Business/Agriculture <ul><li>MSME promotion along the value chain, particularly in the F&V sector </li></ul><ul><li>Training and advisory services for businesswomen </li></ul><ul><li>Developing agricultural extension services </li></ul>
    16. 16. Activities – Private Sector <ul><li>Development of the business associations and their apex institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening Associations of Dekhan Farmers (ADF) </li></ul><ul><li>Private sector and civil society participation </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting infrastructure and government transactional services </li></ul>
    17. 17. Activities – Vocational Training <ul><li>Support to local vocational training scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Labour migration rights and policies </li></ul>
    18. 18. Activities – Micro and Rural Finance <ul><li>Linking MSMEs in F&V sector to financial services </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-financial Institutions (MFIs) Development </li></ul>

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