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  • Khorog 1 Hydro Power Plant, Tajikistan. Since 2002, Pamir Energy has restored 11 micro hydro power plants and upgraded 4,300km of transmission lines, as well as distribution facilities.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • The Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA) office in Khorog. PECTA was established in April 2008 with the support of the AKF to promote tourism in the region.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • The Vanj Cross-Border Bridge, Tajikistan. The Vanj Bridge joins three other bridges at Darwaz, Tem, and Ishkashim as part of the Aga Khan Development Network’s multi-sector cross-border development strategy.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Accelerate prosperity - a partnership between AKF and AKFED - acts as an incubator for business start-ups in Khorog. The offices are based in Khorog City Park.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Master embroider Rahima started her own business with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). She now employs 10 women and sells her pieces in local markets and exhibits them in northern Tajikistan.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Economic development

While Tajikistan has made steady progress in reducing poverty and growing its economy, regional disparities and pockets of extreme poverty persist. As a small, land-locked country and one of the most remittance-dependent nations in the world, Tajikistan is highly susceptible to external shocks. The country’s most valuable resource – its human capital – is underutilised with rates of domestic job creation not keeping pace with the growing population. The majority of opportunities are in low-productivity activities, often in the informal sector.

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) is making long-term investments in Tajikistan as part of an effort to catalyse foreign investment and strengthen the role of the private sector in the country while building essential infrastructure.  Its approach emphasises the development of local human resources over time, including managerial, technical, marketing and financial skills.

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) seeks to improve the economic wellbeing of women and men, with a focus on youth. The economic inclusion programming promotes increased incomes and employment opportunities while improving access to financial and business services, through its Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP), Accelerate Prosperity, and University of Central Asia (UCA).