Karte Tadschikistan

GIZ has been supporting economic and social development and reconstruction in Tajikistan on behalf of the German Government since 1995 and opened an office in the capital Dushanbe in 1996. Programme offices in Khujant and Khorog support GIZ’s work in rural regions. At present, 13 seconded and 104 national personnel, four CIM experts and four development workers are assigned to GIZ’s 16 programmes and projects in Tajikistan, 11 of which focus on the Central Asian region.

During the Soviet era, Tajikistan had the lowest per capita income in the Soviet Union 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 its already weak economy. Even today, Tajikistan’s economy is the least developed of all the former Soviet republics. Economic growth is heavily dependent on the world market prices of cotton and aluminium. Migration and remittances from Tajiks living in Russia and Kazakhstan are significant sources of income for the country. Due to the present crisis in Russia, these remittances are declining.

Unfavourable conditions, a lack of financing mechanisms, a skills shortage and the inequitable distribution of financial, institutional and human resources result in under-financing and poor management and service provision, 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 sustainable economic development and the health sector. Other projects focus on (vocational) education, sustainable management of water and other natural resources, climate change adaptation, and promotion of the rule of law.

On behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), GIZ is working on a project on transboundary water management in Central Asia. A national water resource management project is also implemented by GIZ.

On behalf of the BMZ and with financial support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), GIZ is implementing the Framework and Finance for Private Sector Development programme. Two regional programmes – Promotion of the Rule of Law in Central Asia, and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Central Asia – are part-funded by the European Union.

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

Projects and Programmes


Security, reconstruction and peace

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

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