Carrots for sale at local street market, Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, Khorog, Tajikistan on August 19, 2016 in Khorog, Tajikistan. Photo Credit: Eric Lafourgue/Art in All of Us via Getty Images

Society Tajikistan22. December 2023

Lower Poverty Rates, Higher Living Standards Here

Thanks to a series of measures in health and economy departments, the Central Asian country of Tajikistan has improved living standards over the last 20 years, bringing down the poverty rate from 32% in 2009 to 13.4% in 2022.

“We are grateful for the efforts of the government and the World Bank in providing modern facilities for us,” says Mirzosharif Sobirov, a resident of Tajikistan’s Varzob district.

For the last 30 years, the World Bank has contributed more than $2.8 billion in support to improve infrastructure, education, healthcare, poverty reduction, and more. In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a health services improvement project covered 2.2 million beneficiaries, 76% of whom are women and girls. Also, a one-time emergency cash assistance helped some 234,000 vulnerable households, of which 26% are female-headed. Across FY20-FY23, Tajikistan has received $957 million in commitments to prepare the country for crisis response and social protection. Tajikistan has an ambitious project to increase domestic incomes by 2 to 3.5 times between 2016 and 2030.

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