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Training of Trainers on basic litercy for representatives of civil society organisations

Winner of a small business grants programme for persons with disabilities

Landscape in Tajikistan © Thekla Kelbert

DVV International began working in Tajikistan in 2003. Until 2009, the projects were carried out in cooperation with various governmental and non-governmental partners through the regional office for Central Asia, based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Since 2009, there has been a separate country office in Dushanbe. In the last five years, the progress of authoritarianism in the political system has intensified and solidified. The population has few opportunities to express criticism of the ruling regime. Although Tajikistan has made progress in poverty reduction in the last ten years, it remains a low-income country, especially in rural areas. The consequences of the Corona pandemic, which led to high levels of infection and casualties in Tajikistan due to hesitant government action, will add to the difficult economic and social situation.

There are a wide range of adult education institutions in Tajikistan, both governmental and non-governmental, most of which offer vocational training. However, they often lack the knowledge and skills to identify the educational needs of the local population and provide appropriate services. Together with local partner organisations, DVV International implements measures to improve the quality of vocational education and training for disadvantaged groups. It supports the development and organisational development of the network of organisations of formal and non-formal adult education and is committed to improving the legal framework for adult education in Tajikistan.

Main focus of work

Improvement of educational offers for socially disadvantaged groups: Socially disadvantaged groups such as the unemployed, people with disabilities, prisoners, women and youth, are offered labour market oriented training courses in cooperation with various adult education providers in Dushanbe and in different regions of the country as well as training programmes on peaceful means to deal with conflict and guidance on the prevention of radicalisation.

Strengthening the capacity of adult education providers and other civil society and governmental partners: DVV International strengthens the capacities of its partners through the professionalisation of educational and administrative personnel, the further development of (digital) curricula and materials as well as sustainable organisational development. In order to improve the quality of career guidance for young people and adults, DVV International supports the state vocational guidance centre.

Strengthening of the Tajik Adult Education Association: DVV International supports and advises the Tajik Adult Education Association and implements training measures for its personnel. In addition, DVV International promotes the cooperation of the association with other adult education networks from the Central Asian region, but also with trans-national networks such as ASPBAE, the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education.

Promoting the national and international exchange of issues related to adult education: Through consultation, the use of international experts, study visits and the organisation of roundtables and conferences in collaboration with national and international actors, DVV International contributes to the improvement of conditions in the education sector. To promote international exchange, DVV International supports the participation of Tajik adult educators and decision-makers in regional and international events. Together with the Tajik Adult Education Association, DVV International contributes to the professionalisation of the national discussion and strategy building for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically the education goal, as well as to the UNESCO World Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA).


Among the partners of DVV International in Tajikistan, both state and non-state actors are included. Important governmental partners are the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment with the corresponding state adult education centres and vocational guidance centres; the Ministry of Education and the Sentencing Administration of the Justice Department. The non-governmental partners include the Tajik Adult Education Association, the NGOs “Youth House”, the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Sports and Youth, the two institutes for continuing education of university teachers and for continuing education in the public service, the National State Statistics Agency, and the main administration for the penal system of the Ministry of Justice. DVV International works with the Tajik Adult Education Association as a non-governmental strategic partner at all levels. DVV International supports the non-governmental organisations Jahon and Bureau of Human Rights in improving access to education for prisoners and those released from prison. Together with the two NGOs Tomiris and Saodat, community learning centres (CLCs) are being established at two locations. Among the international partners, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GOPA Consulting Group, the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the development programmes of the European Union are worth mentioning.

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