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Tajikistan is the poorest country in the central Asia region (GDP per capita is $872) and is politically and economically fragile. It has made steady progress since the end of the civil war in 1998: the national poverty rate has improved from over 80% to 46.7% today (HDR 2013). These gains are, however, at risk: economic growth and poverty reduction have been driven by migrant workers in Russia, who contributed 47% of GDP in 2012. The Russian economy is, however, slowing and labour opportunities and remittances are unlikely to be sustained at current levels. The small private sector is not creating adequate revenues or job opportunities to offset the relative decline in remittances. Tajikistan is unlikely to achieve the 9% growth rate needed to keep pace with the burgeoning population. Health and education provision is deteriorating. Poverty is increasing.

Top priorities

  • promote economic growth and wealth creation, through regulatory reform and direct support to the private sector
  • supporting transparent and efficient management of public finances and improved government accountability
  • promoting regional co-operation and trade to stimulate growth and co-operation

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Central Asia
Tajikistan page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2017/2018 More information about the total project budget £5,865,618
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 0.08%
  • Active Projects 3
  • Population ( source World Bank): 8.48 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (2014, source World Bank): 19.51%
  • Fertility rate (2014, source World Bank): 3.49
  • GDP growth rate (2015, source World Bank): 6.0%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Tajikistan.