The project "Development of rural infrastructure" is being implemented in Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction implements the project "Development of rural infrastructure" in 2020-2024, within which more than 300 villages in Andijan, Ferghana, Namangan, Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions of Uzbekistan will be able to receive financing to improve the quality of basic social infrastructure in these settlements.
The project will be implemented with the2 assistance of the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which provided loan financing in the amount of US$100 million and US$82 million, respectively. The government of Uzbekistan allocated US$1.6 million for these purposes. Thus, the total project amount will amount to US$183.6 million.
The project is aimed at improving the quality of basic social infrastructure facilities and related services to ensure the life of the population of the villages, covered by the project. It will also help improve the system of local self-government by involving villagers in assessing the basic needs of their makhallas for the named infrastructure and services, as well as in the decision-making process for their further development.
In particular, within the framework of the project, the villages covered by the project will be able to receive funding for the implementation of the following activities (infrastructure sub-projects) in their settlements: (i) rehabilitation of existing drinking water supply and sewerage systems; (ii) modernization of public buildings to improve their energy efficiency; (iii) rehabilitation of social infrastructure facilities; (iv) rehabilitation of roads, sidewalks and footpaths; (v) drainage of rural roads and increase their resilience to floods; (vi) restoration and construction of bridges (up to 10 meters long); (vii) modernization of street lighting; (viii) improvement of public spaces and their small-scale construction; (ix) establishment of a solid waste management system; (x) installation of antennas to provide wireless Internet services; (xi) construction and rehabilitation of bus stations and stops; and (xii) provision of energy supply to these settlements.
After completion of the selection of villages, the process of which is described in the project operational manual (available on the project website), about 306 settlements in rural areas of Andijan, Ferghana, Namangan, Jizzakh and Syrdarya regions will be identified for participation in project activities. The funds will be provided to the districts and villages covered by the project, according to a simple formula linked to the village population. Funding allocated at the village level has been set at around US$160 per person to finance the above infrastructure sub-projects. More than 330,000 rural residents, half of whom are women, are expected to directly benefit from the implementation of project activities.
Relevant administrative and technical staff will assist the villagers in the project areas to plan and implement their infrastructure sub-projects. Qualified local and international NGOs can also participate in the implementation of the goals and objectives of the project.
The project area will be subject to World Bank’s stringent environmental and social standards. In particular, they are aimed at ensuring the labor rights of persons involved in the implementation of infrastructure subprojects, as well as protecting the rights of private property of local residents.