Foreign Operations Assistance: Tajikistan

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
December 1, 2015


United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, December 2015*

Date: 12/2015 Description: FY 2014 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective--Peace and Security: 29%; Governing Justly and Democratically: 17%; Investing in People: 28%; Economic Growth: 26%. - State Dept Image

U.S. assistance to Tajikistan is focused on strengthening security and stability; increasing broad-based economic and social prosperity; and strengthening governance and the rule of law. Primary areas of engagement include: improving the capacity and professionalism of security services; improving economic growth, including through agriculture development; increasing quality of social services, including health and education; increasing outreach via business, civil society partnerships and public diplomacy; enhancing regional cooperation on energy and water; and enhancing the bilateral security relationship with the United States. The United States also seeks to improve Tajikistan’s ability to deter transnational threats and participate in regional trade.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals in Tajikistan:

Strengthen security and stability in Tajikistan and on its borders contributing to regional security, stability, and cooperation

By Account

FY 2014 Actual

FY 2015 653a

TOTAL

39,294

28,945

Economic Support Fund

20,239

14,000

Foreign Military Financing

3,035

700

Global Health Programs - USAID

7,000

7,000

International Military Education and Training

535

540

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

7000

3,720

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

1,485

2,985

• The United States provides training to Tajikistan’s defense forces to promote democratic values and human rights, strengthen civil-military relationships, build a national operational-strategic level planning cadre, and increase its capacity in areas such as communications, digital technology, and tactical skills.

• The U.S. government also supports the Tajik government’s stated goal to deploy trained troops to United Nations peacekeeping operations by providing Global Peace Operations Initiative funds for training, equipment, and facilities improvements at Tajikistan’s peacekeeping training center.

• U.S. rule of law assistance strengthens law enforcement officers’ ability to combat and prevent crime. including efforts to reduce trafficking-in-persons, while continuing to observe human rights. U.S. programs also seek to improve legal education and to establish a system of quality legal defense for the poor.

• U.S. assistance helps the Border Guard Service to better secure the country’s borders without impeding legitimate trade. U.S. experts are working to strengthen Tajikistan’s ability to train customs officials and border guards by providing enhancements to a previously built training site with classroom and practical training facilities that allows Tajik Customs to train on specialized export control topics and to do so via distance learning. U.S. assistance also trains members of Tajikistan’s Drug Control Agency to promote intelligence-led investigations of significant trafficking networks.

• U.S. experts are helping authorities identify, secure, and destroy excess and unserviceable weapons and weapon systems; locate, gather, and destroy excess and unserviceable munitions and small caliber conventional ammunition; and train, equip, and deploy manual demining teams along the shared Tajik-Afghan border region.

Increase broad-based economic and social prosperity in Tajikistan that contributes to regional stability

By Objective

FY 2014 Actual

FY 2015 653(a)

TOTAL

39,294

28,945

Peace and Security

11,255

7,615

Governing Justly and Democratically

6,794

3,210

Investing in People

10,980

10,800

Economic Growth

10,265

7,320

• U.S. assistance helps the Government of Tajikistan to reduce hunger and increase economic growth through market-led agricultural development. These efforts include assistance that helps small-holder farmers to increase their agricultural productivity and scale-up improved technologies and marketing in fruit and vegetable value chains.

• The United States provides professional and vocational training linked to domestic industries and sectors with growing demand for labor, and supports business exchanges for Tajik business leaders to meet with leading U.S. companies and organizations to learn about the necessary preconditions for investment, trade partnerships, and economic growth.

• U.S. education assistance promotes solid reading skills among elementary school students. At the university level, the United States provides scholarships for talented and qualified students from Tajikistan to attend the American University of Central Asia. U.S. assistance is also helping to develop and administer national tests that can inform education policy decisions.

• The United States supports the Government of Tajikistan’s fight against tuberculosis by helping improve access to universal treatment and strengthening the health system through improved diagnostics and infection prevention.

• U.S. health assistance helps to strengthen maternal and child health service quality and effectiveness, and to expand community engagement in health. In addition, U.S. programs seek to integrate nutrition interventions, social and behavior-change communication approaches, and maternal and child health activities at the household, community and health-facility level.

Strengthen governance and rule of law of institutions in Tajikistan

• U.S. assistance aims to improve local governance and service delivery in 20 municipalities throughout the country by promoting greater accountability and fiscal decentralization.

• To protect civil liberties, U.S. assistance helps to improve civil society’s access to legal information and advice. In addition, U.S. experts help to improve the legal and regulatory environment for civil society, including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

• The U.S. government provides support to local television stations, media outlets, and media-related NGOs to strengthen local content generation and sharing, training for journalists and editors, and legal support. In addition, legal and organizational assistance is provided to independent television stations in order to help them comply with the internationally-mandated shift to digital broadcasting in 2016.

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*This fact sheet does not reflect centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for Tajikistan.