A project aimed at providing direct financial assistance to families in need from four regions of Uzbekistan launched
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The national movement "Yuksalish" in partnership with the Republican Center for Socio-Economic Development "Sabr" and the Republican Social Information Center Istiqbolli avlod with the financial support of the European Union (total amount of 1 million euros) are launching the project “The program to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the civil society of Uzbekistan”. It aims to assist the government of the country.
The initiators announced the project on 16 April during a national consultative meeting within the framework of the European Union support program "Assisting civil society institutions in responding to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uzbekistan."
International financial institutions predicted that growth in Uzbekistan would fall to about 1.5 percent due to a decline in foreign trade and internal economic shocks. The pandemic is reversing the progress made in the transition to a market economy, private sector growth and attracting foreign investment. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of unemployed has increased significantly.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable groups are at risk of becoming even more vulnerable, and developing countries and communities are at risk of falling further behind. The increase in the number of returning labor migrants increases the burden on the state system of social protection and health care.
Social distancing measures create the risk that persons with disabilities will not be able to receive regular assistance at home. The virus outbreak has only increased the isolation of people with disabilities, revealed gaps in national systems and barriers to the accessible environment (hospitals, households, quarantine facilities, etc.).
The EU program aims to address the humanitarian, medical, social and economic consequences of the crisis. The project addresses short-term needs as well as longer-term structural impacts on society and the economy, thereby reducing the risk of destabilization. It is aimed at strengthening the actions of both state bodies and non-state organizations.
Within the framework of the program, within 18 months, it is planned to assist the needy strata of the population in remote rural areas of Andijan, Samarkand, Tashkent and Kashkadarya regions in joint identification of needs, planning and obtaining material and non-material assistance.
In particular, projects implemented by three non-governmental non-profit organizations will be aimed at:
• Allocation of financial assistance to 350 families, 3.5 million soums to each family (1.3 billion soums);
• allocation of grants for 185 start-up projects (3 billion soums);
• equipping 12 medical institutions (1.5 billion soums);
• financial assistance to 400 migrant workers (800 million soums);
• improvement of small infrastructure in 12 remote rural areas;
• organization of trainings on the involvement of 2,000 citizens in entrepreneurial activity included in the "Temir", "Ayollar" and "Yoshlar" daftari;
• professional development of 900 representatives of People’s receptions, makhalla system, preventive inspectors.