Uzbekistan

SGP projects provide the testing ground for innovation and piloting that can be scaled up to a larger level.
Ms. Anita Nirody
UN Resident Coordinator, Uzbekistan

How has your experience with SGP influenced your view of UNDP's work in countries? And why and how is SGP's support of local-level, small-scale, community-based initiatives important for UNDP's mandate and objectives (in-country and globally)?

"SGP support at the grass roots level is critical for the overall UNDP country programme, - both in Uzbekistan and globally. This is because SGP projects provide the testing ground for innovation and piloting that can be scaled up to a larger level. Secondly, SGP provides the critical, evidence-based, on the ground experience that is essential for UNDP to develop more large scale and comprehensive programmatic interventions. Third, all of SGP's interventions are people-centered and link the critical three pillars of sustainable development. They therefore contribute UNDP's mandate on sustainable human development. In Uzbekistan, where there is an absence of an independent civil society, SGP is one of the few players working with communities in the country."

Please discuss SGP in the context of UNDP's commitment to sustainable development and its social, economic, and environmental pillars.

"SGP projects in Uzbekistan are playing an important role in contributing to the practical implementation of an integrated approach to development. In addition to promoting sustainable use of natural resources, SGP projects are also improving the livelihoods of communities, bringing them economic and social benefits. We have numerous examples of projects, e.g. in the areas of biogas technology, introducing micro hydro power stations as an alternative energy source for community needs, pistachio plantations as the most profitable land use alternative (in the arid foothills of Uzbekistan), all of which demonstrate environment, social and economic benefits to communities."

The SGP National Coordinator (NC) is often an important liaison with civil society and grassroots organizations and actors, among others.  How has the role of the NC been significant for UNDP?

"With a keen understanding of the local context, the sustainable development challenges and with strong outreach to the communities, the NC has played a critical role in ensuring delivering the results for SGP and UNDP in the country, in linking up with UNDP's overall portfolio and in advocating for sustainable low cost solutions to address a range of sustainable development issues at the community levels."

 
SGP’s interventions are people-centered and link the critical three pillars of sustainable development. Therefore, they contribute to UNDP’s mandate on sustainable human development.
Ms. Anita Nirody
N Resident Coordinator, Uzbekistan
 
 
In Uzbekistan, where there is an absence of an independent civil society, SGP is one of the few players working with communities in the country.
Ms. Anita Nirody
UN Resident Coordinator, Uzbekistan
 
 
If it had not been for GEF SGP, we would not have been able to build the biogas plant. Biogas technology is still making its first steps in Uzbekistan, which means that there are no other financial mechanisms available for investing in this technology.
Ms. Irina
Grantee and Co-owner of the Nadejda Farm

"If it had not been for the Global Environment Facility's Small Grant Programme, implemented by UNDP, which funded part of the investment, we would not have been able to build the plant. Biogas technology is still new and is making its first steps in Uzbekistan, which means that there are no other mechanisms or bank loans available for investing in this technology".

"We would be really happy if just one of our visitors chose to build a biogas plant after visiting our farm" Irina says. She further adds that the "family is happy to be part of GEF-SGP and UNDP's efforts to inform farmers about the opportunities in biogas."

 

Contact

Mr. Alexey Volkov
National Coordinator
Phone: + 998 71 120 34 62
 
Mr. Jamshid Maksumov
Programme Assistant
Phone: + 998 71 120 34 62
Fax: + 998 71 120 34 85
 
Address
4, T.Shevchenko str.,Tashkent100029
 

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