Karte Tadschikistan

GIZ has been supporting economic and social development and reconstruction in Tajikistan since 1995 and opened an office in the capital Dushanbe in 1996. Programme offices in Dushanbe, Khujant, Khorog and Kurgan-Tyube support GIZ’s work in rural parts of the country.

There are currently 18 seconded and 125 national personnel, six local experts, three CIM experts, 12 development workers and 20 long-term experts from German consulting firms working for GIZ in Tajikistan. Of the 17 projects and programmes under way, four are bilateral and 13 are regional and global initiatives.

During the Soviet era, Tajikistan had the lowest per capita income of any Soviet republic and therefore received substantial subsidies from Moscow. After Tajikistan gained its independence in 1991, these payments dried up and the country suffered five years of civil war. This had a devastating impact on the country’s already weak economy. Even today, Tajikistan’s economy is the least developed of all the former Soviet states. Economic growth is dependent on factors such as world market prices for cotton and aluminium, which are beyond the country’s control. Migration and remittances from up to one million Tajik labour migrants living in Russia and Kazakhstan are significant sources of income for the country.

Unfavourable conditions, a lack of financing mechanisms, a skills shortage and the inequitable distribution of financial, institutional and human resources are resulting in under-financing, inadequate management and poor services, especially in the state-run health and education systems. A large percentage of the population, particularly in rural areas, still lives below the poverty line.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is implementing bilateral and regional projects whose primary aim, at present, is to support the long-term development of the economy and the health system. Other projects focus on education, sustainable management of natural resources, tourism, and support for legal and judicial reform.

On behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), GIZ is implementing a project on transboundary water management in Central Asia. The European Union has commissioned GIZ International Services to act as lead agency for its Sustainable Energy Programme for Central Asia.

Under a co-financing arrangement with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and on behalf of BMZ, GIZ is implementing the Framework and Finance for Private Sector Development programme. In this context, GIZ supports private sector development and the abolition of trade barriers and provides advisory services for the microfinance and resource sectors.

Besides promoting economic development and improving living conditions, GIZ’s engagement on behalf of the German Government and other donors is helping to stabilise the region as a whole.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Tajikistan
Country Director
Karl-Heinz Frank
Email: giz-tadschikistan@giz.de

Office address
GIZ Office Tajikistan
Aini / Nazarshoev Str.
734042 Duschanbe
Phone: +992 44 6006 107
Fax: +992 44 6006 788
Email: giz-tadschikistan@giz.de

Postal Address
Aini / Nazarshoev Str.
734042 Duschanbe

Project data