Support for Public Financial Reforms in Tajikistan
Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet Union countries, is seeking to improve its performance in the areas of financial management and service delivery. Despite notable strides in economic development, poverty reduction and improved service delivery in the decade between 1999 and 2009, the current contraction of the Tajik economy due to dramatic changes in the external environment (particularly, the downturn in international oil prices, the devaluation of the Russian Ruble and the decline in remittances from expatriate workers, especially those who had been working in Russia) threaten the stability of the political system. While many of these circumstances are beyond the control of the Government, its response to these changes will be critical to the future of the country.
Partnering with The Open Society Institute to implement the UK AID-funded, Support for Public Financial Reforms in Tajikistan, SUNY/CID will support the government of Tajikistan in its efforts to improve their current budget processes by strengthening the capacity of citizens to participate in the budget process and the monitor government spending. CID/SUNY will provide training to Tajik CSOs, the media and government officials in order to increase their ability to understand and influence the budget process. Increased civic engagement will afford the government more accurate information and stronger support for their fiscal policies and programs.