Saturday, 05 December 2015 23:14

Goals and objectives: In Azerbaijan, the level of computerization was 8 computers per 100 people in 2009. The "National Computer" nationwide project was implemented in order to reduce the digital divide in society, to bring the level of computerization to the world average and increase the adoption of ICT in the regions, as well as the development of the information society and e-government by creating conditions to purchase modern computers and licensed software by different social strata of the population.

Implementation: The project was launched in 2009 by the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies with support of the Ministry of Education and participation of leading international companies. It serves as an example of successful cooperation between the government and private sector in Azerbaijan with the world`s leading companies. It was aimed at improving education through ensuring access to computers and the Internet, and primarily covered secondary-school teachers.

The project provided the opportunity to purchase new computers for interest-free loans without a down payment, at the cost 25-30 percent below market price; the installed licensed software provided for customers; the educational materials to increase computer knowledge.

Under the terms of the project, the target audience was offered minilaptops, notebooks and desktop computers with licensed software installed. Teachers bought all the equipment, benefiting from concessional credit for 12 months and got the computers by mail. In addition, participants of the project were provided Internet connection. The greatest activity was shown by teachers in cities and regions around Baku, Salyan and Guba.

Project management was implemented by using a specific automated system; an online system paid for the loans as part of the project. This initiative has contributed to the elimination of the digital divide; and has enabled teachers, including those living in the remote regions, to acquire PCs through a network of "Azerpocht" (National Post Company). Participants of the project acquired more than 25,000 computers.

The second phase of the project aims to increase the opportunities for pupils, students and lecturers of higher-education institutions, as well as employees of medical institutions.

Achievements: Overall, the project contributed by:

  • Creating conditions for low-income segments of the population living in the regions to purchase modern computers and licensed software on favorable terms;
  • improving the calibre of education and promoting involvement of the public in the global information space;
  • protecting intellectual property;
  • improving the ICT skills of the population.

Replication: The solution can replicated in other countries to improve access to education through public-private partnership.

Contact information
Rufat Gulmamedov, 
Deputy Head, Division for Information Society Development, Ministry of Communication and Information
Tel: (+99412) 498 58 38; 598-19-77
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Monday, 23 May 2016 21:46

Solution: A large number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) do not have their own resources for development of new products and companies are mostly producing products developed outside of B&H; therefore, consumers do not have an opportunity to influence performances of new product/services.

Goals and objectives: To change the situation, the Sarajevo Economic Regional Development Agency (SERDA) has implemented a voucher scheme, a small amount of public subsidy to support SMEs in market research by improving their capacity and providing support of knowledge providers on development of the new product/services for B&H market, based on the demand of consumers.

Implementation: The solution was implemented in Sarajevo Macro Region from March 2013 to June 2015. To test this solution, elderly people were selected as a target group with the aim to improve quality of life for by providing them with new products/services that satisfy their demand. Today in EU countries, 17 percent of the population is above 65 years old. It is estimated that by 2060, there will be 30 percent of the EU population 65 years and older. This represents a new growing market that has not been explored enough, while it also represents new opportunities forSME to offer new products/services to this market. To implement the solution, a Local Innovation

Commission (LIC), comprised of experts in different aspects of housing was established. Through workshops on guidelines for development of the new products/services LIC introduced SMEs to knowledge on innovation, market opportunities and new products all along the supply chain as well as best practices in the area in EU countries highlighting importance of the impact of end-user on development of a new product/service. The LIC set up criteria for selection of business proposals for new products/services and knowledge providers and monitoring of pilot projects implementation. SMEs applied with pilot projects to the LIC with a request to finance support of duly selected experts as knowledge providers for the development of new products/services.

Achievements: Seven companies were assigned with contracts for vouchers for development of new products/services. The amount of the vouchers assigned ranged between 5,000 and 10,000 Euro. Within six months the selected companies, together with knowledge providers, developed seven new products/services mainly oriented on health care, comfort of living and socialization of the elderly.

Replication: the good example on targeting both social needs and innovative development can be followed by countries in addressing the quality of life improvement.

Budget: $86,200

Partner: Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo

Contact information:
Sarajevo Economic Regional Development Agency (SERDA)
Faruk Cerić
Tel: +387 33 652 935; +387 33 648 686
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 10:12

Goals and objectives: MITOS project is utilizing GIS technologies for the promotion of Cyprus tourism and the enhancement of its competitiveness.

Implementation: MITOS, which is developed in cooperation with the Cyprus Tourism Organization, is a full-scale GIS navigation system for Cyprus that also includes all places of tourism interest (wine routes, gastronomic routes, religious routes, hotels, walking paths, bird watching, agro tourism etc.). The free application is available in Android, IOs, Windows.

The geo-collaborative portal as a trip planning tool has also greatly assisted in the geographical/space and time/tourist season information on destinations as well as assisted in the cataloging of tourism resources and their current situation (e.g. tourists` complaints or suggestions for improvement).

In this vein, the project will measure and provide evidence of the impact of e-commerce for supporting sustainable tourism development management strategies. Ultimately, the application has offered numerous tools to identify, search, share and evaluate all required trip-related information in relation to local food and products.

Overall, the applications has offered a more sophisticated and precise way for tourists (individually and/or in groups) to enhance their holiday experience while at the same time has offered local communities a state of the art approach to promote their food and locally produced products and disseminate them directly to tourists.

Achievements: The initiative had positive effects on the organization and administration of alternative/special forms of tourism in Cyprus in terms of more visibility, information and an enhanced dialogue between travelers, hosts and local authorities, the competitiveness of small tourism companies, the degree of innovation they exhibit and the quality of their tourism product. As a result of the use of modern technologies, new distributions channels and electronic trade, and promoting a more sustainable tourism development, emphasizing issues affecting the host destination, the quality of the local environment and the overall tourism product.

Replication: The solution is ready for replication in the countries addressing preservation and marketing of local culture and traditions through development of tourism.

Budget: €250,000

Partner: Cyprus University of Technology; Cyprus Tourism Organization

Contact information: 
Partner: Cyprus University of Technology 
Cyprus Tourism Organization 
Antonis Theocharous 
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 20:42

Goals and objectives: In 2008 the Association of Hungarian Grey Cattle Breeders developed the system that aims to ensure safety of food throughout the whole process from food production till its consumption, “from farm to fork,” through providing access to information on meat on the market via mobile phones.

This solution helps to prevent food forgery by monitoring and controlling the meat market. It is an easy way for consumers to check products before purchasing them and is useful for the producers because they can add an extra value for their product.

Implementation: The mobile phone system allows checking the origin of meat from grey cattle. To get information, a consumer can use an identification number of cattle marked on a label of packed meat as an SMS number. An SMS message with an identification number has to be sent to a phone number, and within couple of seconds, the system sends an answer with a certificate of the origin of that product, which has to include:

  1. Geographical origin
  2. Name of the breeder
  3. Sex of animal
  4. Age of animal
  5. Date of slaughter
  6. Place of processing
  7. Places of sale

Achievements: The main impact of the solution is raised reliability of products and increased trust of consumers. It also contributes to stabilizing the market of special products made from indigenous breeds.

Replication: The system can be developed and implemented in other countries for other species and breeds.

Contact information:
Hungary, Budapest
Hungary Ministry of Agriculture
Tamas Szobolevszki, Head of the Animal Breeding Unit
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Breeders’ Association of Hungarian Grey Cattle
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 21:32

Goals and objectives: To ensure sustainability and efficiency of animal husbandry in Hungary, localization of feed is a primary task for the sector. Hungary is determined to achieve self-production of feed (forage) material or have it produced geographically close, as 80-85 percent of soy-maize is imported GM soy. To replace imported GM soy, the Ministry of Agriculture allocated a budget to support for agricultural research to develop new feed wheat varieties.

Implementation: Feed wheat in general is low quality and thus unsuitable for milling and for human consumption. In order to satisfy demand in animal feeding, Novum wheat, a variety of nationally listed species hybrid, has been used to conduct an experiment.

As a result of the experiment, it was concluded that:

  • The maize-soy diet (with 25 percent wheat) did not show better result than the feed with 50 percent wheat.
  • Feed intake was less with the Novum mixture, better digestibility.
  • Novum mixture had nearly the same nutritional content as the soy-maize mixture (some components were a bit higher).
  • With 50 percent Novum wheat proportion, animals can be fattened successfully without any loss of efficiency.

Achievements: Animal-fattening has been experimented by the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre and the results have proved that Novum wheat can replace extracted soybean meal and maize, without any loss of efficiency and need for extra enzymes.

There are other benefits of Novum wheat feeding, such as:

  • It has huge energy content, animals consume less feed; therefore, feeding cost per animal can be reduced by $850
  • Lower production cost: $410-480 per hectare.
  • No environmental pressure because there is no need for fertilization with nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

It is worth noting that in the experiment, low-quality Novum wheat, which had the same nutrient content as the usual feed (soybean-maize), was used. With average or high-quality Novum wheat feeding is more efficient.

Replication: The solutions can be utilized in countries interested in improving the cost-efficiency of cattle forage.

Contact information: 
Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary 
Department for EU and FAO Affairs 
Department for Agriculture 
Name: Zalan Varga, 
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Tel: +3617953956

Saturday, 05 December 2015 12:30

Goals and objectives: Public councils are a mechanism of public control over state bodies and their activities, including processes of formulation and implementation of state policy and ensuring feedback between the state bodies and the citizens. The solution is meant to improve performance of the state bodies and facilitate better quality of public services delivery.

Implementation: The councils were established by then President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Roza Otunbaeva, in 2010 and within the UNDP Capacity Development Facility Project for 2010-2015. To lead and facilitate the process of establishing the public councils, a relevant commission was formed on a competitive basis through voting by 33 representatives of CSOs. It now comprises 15 members, 10 from CSOs and 5 from state agencies. Forty-one public councils have been under various ministries and agencies, consisting of 545 members with 171 women members. Public councils are focused on the work of each state agency they are attached to.

Close collaboration between state agencies and PCs resulted in improved quality of formulation and implementation policy and programmes of state institutions. Pressure from public councils also made state agencies become result-oriented, i.e. the Government has adopted a new performance evaluation system, comprised of the citizen’s trust index.

Achievements:

  • Due to the PC of the Ministry of Finance, citizens now have access to the website of e-government www.okmot.kg, which offers detailed information on the national budget, foreign aid and procurement;
  • PC of the Ministry of Interior persuaded the ministry to provide members of the PC with 24-hour access to places of detention in the country.
  • Some PCs have carried out investigations of cases of corruption, which led to changes in ministerial staff and policy. The conflict between the Ministry of Transport and its PC on corruption schemes led to the dismissal of the Minister of Transport.
  • There was also success in bringing the issue of bankruptcy of PC of Agro Food Corporation. The activities of the Advisory Council of the Ministry of Energy helped to reveal cases of corruption, such as abuse of authority committed by the heads of subordinated enterprises of JSC "Sever" towards customers, valued at more than 73 million KGS, unreasonably decommissioned receivables in 2010.

The Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Public Councils of the State Bodies, adopted on 24 May 2014, institutionalized the public councils and ensured sustainability of the solution.

Replication: The solutions can be replicated in the countries in need of public administration reform and fighting corruption in state institutions.

Budget: approx. $96,000

Partners: The Government, civil society organizations, Open Society Foundations, USAID.

Contact details: 
Mr. Alexander Kashkarev 
Policy and Programme Analyst 
Democratic Governance Programme 
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic 
Address: 160 Chuy Ave., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 
Phone number: +996-312-611211 ext. 122 (w.) +996-770-952095 (mob.) 
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:45

Solution: Local artisans from Central Asian countries face numerous challenges in selling handmade products both at the local and international levels due to lack of knowledge and experience in online marketing, e-money, exporting and approaching more clients.

Goals and objectives: To help talented artisans solve these problems and transform their businesses in self-sustainable ways through high technology, the Business Clinic of Central Asia (BCCA) with support from the USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI came up with a social entrepreneurship based solution to market handmade products globally on the ArtAsian web site http://artasian.co/)

Implementation: Artasian.co is an online marketplace where one can purchase handicraft products, ranging from home decor to accessories and clothing made of eco-friendly materials whose design was inspired by the Great Silk Road. Through ArtAsian, the solution also contributes to the conservation of the Central Asian cultures and raising awareness about local traditions, providing artists with alternative channels for sale of their items, promoting eco-friendly and natural products.

Initially, young entrepreneurs participated in a 10-week intensive boot camp conducted by local and international mentors with support of IDEAGRAD (then BCCA, http://ideagrad.com/), a partner of ArtAsian, for free. Upon completing the boot camp, seven received initial seed capital of $1,000 for each startup from IDEAGRAD.

ArtAsian supports artisans to reach customers globally by offering services in:

  1. Communication: the language barriers between an artisan selling his masterpiece and clients from different countries are eliminated;
  2. Marketing: develop a plan tailored to the needs of the artisan to reach as many customers as possible;
  3. Online Payment: receiving the money earned in a safe and timely manner;
  4. Logistic: Safe delivery of the goods.

Achievements:

  • 150+ vendors signed up on the marketplace;
  • 10,000+ database of artisans all around Central Asia.
  • $5,000+ income for 44 sales to San Francisco, London, Moscow, Istanbul and many other cities around the globe by May 2016.

The impact that the solution brings to artisans was acknowledged in the Mobile Eurasia Challenge competition in Moscow in January 2016, where ArtAsian.co won first place among 20 ventures from Armenia, Russia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and earned $15,000. InFebruary 2016, the solution took third place in the World Mobile Challenge in Barcelona, Spain.

Replication: The solution can be a model for start-ups in countries with artisans dispersed to provide access to local and global markets.

Budget: $17,000 (including the seed capital).

Partners: Ideagrad (then BCCA, USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI), World Nomad Games – Olympiad of ethnic and nomad sports.

Contact details:  
Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
Contact person: Nursultan Sulaimanov, Timur Turataliev
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Phone: +996 777 218 699; +996 557 290 190 (Whatsapp)

Monday, 30 November 2015 21:25

Goals and objectives: to ensure better income for the producer by enabling them to produce improved, cost-effective processing and marketing of their products and enhance the economic and social lives of small-family businesses in rural areas.

Implementation: provided quality production and decreased production costs of small- and medium-sized farmers by moving together. Thanks to Tire Milk Cooperation, milk production increase is six times total milk production increase in Turkey.

  1. Outlet store: daily needs of shareholders in outlet stores are provided with in-kind payment.
  2. Agri-market: shareholders can acquire every kind of agricultural machinery and equipment from agri-market with affordable payment plans.
  3. Training And Consultancy Services: to turn animal husbandry into a profession, the cooperative carries on efforts in cooperation with Ege University and Directorate of Public Education. Applied trainings are held in farms in order to instruct the farmer on animal husbandry, feed and rations, animal feeding, milking and hygiene.
  4. Milk for Schools Project: Milk For Schools project was successfully conducted for five years between 2008-2013 with the cooperation of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Tire Milk Cooperative. Milk for 20,000 students was distributed in 250 schools every week.
  5. Spring Lamb Project: Milk for Schools project turned into a nationwide project called spring lamb. The project was conducted again in cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Every week, cooperative provides two liters of milk to 125,000 families with toddlers (0-5 years of age) who cannot afford it.
  6. “Çiftçim” Cooperative Products Sales Point: a project not only developing the producer economy but also protecting the consumer. Offers healthy products to the consumers and also develops the cooperatives by marketing their products there.
  7. X`Milk Line Project: milk is being taken to consumers’ door at market price.

Achievements:

  1. Reaching social peace by sustaining family enterprises and preventing migration from rural areas to urban areas.
  2. Cooperative is an important employment source with its 285 employees in its region.
  3. FAO named Tire Milk Cooperative an “Example Model of Rural Development.”
  4. Received achievement award three consecutive years by EBSO (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry).
  5. Received quality award by İstanbul-based Consumer Association.

Replication: The solution can be replicated in the countries with the emerging or evolving cooperative movement.

Budget: The annual turnover of 150 million TL

Partners: Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (Consulting Partner)

Contact information: 
Tire Milk Agricultural Development Cooperative 
Address : İbn-i Melek Mahallesi Turgut Özal Bulvarı No:67 Tire / İZMİR 
Fax : +90 232 512 81 11 
Telephone : +90 232 512 10 41 (pbx) 
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 21:12

Goals and objectives: The mission of the cooperative is to ensure more income for producers by enabling them to produce better, cost-effective processing and marketing of their products. The cooperative is aimed at improving the economic and social lives of rural communities. So far, its membership has reached 2,085 shareholders, having started with 580 shareholders in 2002.

Implementation: To contribute to economic development and social peace, the cooperative is driven by the motto “Not Monopolisation But Cooperatives.” In order to reduce production expenses, the solution offers the following services to its shareholders:

  1. Fuel supply: provided with a lower price than the market and in-kind payment and deliver it to our shareholders’ businesses with our tankers.
  2. Feed, fertilizer, seed supply: We provide our shareholders, seed, fertilizer, feed and other materials under economical conditions.
  3. Machinery and Equipment Support: With the machinery and equipment we possess, we provide services such as leveling, sowing, harvesting, collecting and packaging.
  4. Roughage support
  5. Outlet Store: to satisfy daily needs of shareholders, an outlet store with in-kind payment has been set up.
  6. Agri-Market: shareholders can acquire every kind of agricultural machinery and equipment with affordable payment plans.
  7. Training and Consultancy Services: to turn animal husbandry into a profession in cooperation with Ege University and Directorate of Public Education, applied trainings on animal husbandry, feed and rations, animal feeding, milking and hygiene were provided to farmers.

Achievements: The cooperative has increased its net assets 32-fold in 13 years and is an important employment source with 285 employees. That number was 11 people in 2002. Due to the Tire Milk Cooperative, efforts on milk production in Turkey have increased four times. The achievement of the cooperative was recognized by FAO by being awarded the title “Example Model of Rural Development.”

Replication: The solution offers a sustainable and successful model of cooperative management that can be replicated in countries in need to develop the cooperatives system.

Partners: IFAD, Ege University, Directorate of Public Education

Contact details:
İbn-i Melek Mahallesi Turgut Özal Bulvarı No:67 Tire / İZMİR, Turkey
Mahmut ESKİYÖRÜK Chairman of Tire Milk Cooperative
Phone: +90 532 111 0 875
Fax:   : +90 232 512 81 11
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 09:59

Goals and objectives: The Tire dairy cooperative is a unique story of extraordinary people who contribute to social development. With 2,085 members in 63 villages and285 employees, it aıms to ımprove the economıc and socıal lıves of small-famıly busınesses ın rural areas.

Implementation: The cooperative collects 197 tons of milk daily from 50,000 cows and contributes to the income of the villagers. The cooperative has increased its net assets 32-fold in 13 years. The cooperative has changed lives by giving more income and opportunity to farmers and the city. FAO named Tire Milk Cooperative an “Example Model of Rural Development.” Now, the cooperative plays a crucial role in the livestock sector in Turkey.

As an advanced farmer-based organization, Tire Milk Cooperative has trends to:

  • develop the constructive partnership between Government, cooperatives and private businesses;
  • and introduce and develop the principles of social entrepreneurship.

Tire Milk Cooperative has developed partnerships with: Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MFAL); İzmir Provincial Directorate of MFAL; the Tire District Directorate of MFAL; Izmir Metropolitan Municipality; Tire Municipality; Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (Consulting Partner); Agricultural Research Institute; Department of Training, Extension, and Publications; private companies in the dairy production chain (produce, process, store, transport and sell dairy products); agricultural input providers; Agricultural Bank and other banks; Animal Breeders Association.

Achivements: As a result of these partnerships, the Milk For Schools project was successfully conducted for five years between 2008-2013 with the cooperation of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Tire Milk Cooperative. Milk is being distributed in 250 schools for 20,000 students every week. The project turned into a nationwide project called Spring Lamb.

Spring Lamb Project: The project was conducted again in cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Every week, the cooperative provides two liters of milk each to 125,000 families with toddlers (0-5 years of age), who cannot afford it.

These solutions were implemented without any additional financial costs.

Replication: As a pilot in Turkey, it provides an example of classic government support model for cooperative development. It has some similarities with the “Zero Hunger” program in Brazil, launched by the UN agency FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization). Due to efficient collaboration between Government and agricultural cooperatives or associations, the food was purchased from local farmers; afterwards, school lunch service and a shared kitchen provided fresh, cooked food for the poorest.

Contact information: 
Turkey, Menemen / İzmir 
International Agricultural Research and Training Center (IARTC) 
Telephone : +90 232 831 10 52 Fax: +90 232 831 10 51 
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Saturday, 05 December 2015 14:48

Solution: The agriculture sector in Turkey faces structural problems in terms of access to investment, information and technology. Agricultural employment rates are in steady decline and many farmers are operating without critical agricultural information, which significantly decreases the efficiency and the product quality. They also remain isolated from alternative markets, relying on the same archaic intermediary mechanisms to sell their crops.

Goals and Objectives: The Farmers' club project was initiated in 2009 with the aim to bring information technologies accessible and affordable to the majority of farmers to the agricultural production and marketing.

Implementation: The Farmers’ Club is a partnership between TABIT/Tarimsal Pazarlama and Vodafone, which enables famers to enjoy free phone calls between farmers, receive SMS alerts with the government information on new regulations and financial support, weather forecasts and market price quotes linked to locations and types of products, which helps to reach buyers easily.

The solution also offers lower-priced handsets, discounts on farm machinery and an opportunity to advertise their products, which significantly increases efficiency, income generation and sustainability of agricultural production and marketing.

Achievements:

  • 1.3 million farmers provided with services;
  • 81 cities and 12,000 villages all over Turkey have been covered;
  • 25,000 farmers have improved their knowledge and skills of using the mobile technology to access information to improve productivity and marketing skills;
  • The productivity of Turkish farmers increased by an estimated €190 million in 2012/13 alone.

In particular, in the Korkuteli district, where the climate is very harsh for agriculture with cold winters that often freeze harvests and summers with high humidity, resulting in crop loss due to pests and diseases the farmers lacked the knowledge about market conditions and prices. Through informing ways to overcome the frost (using tree warming processes), providinginformation about humidity rates, how to combat pests and diseases and through connecting them to the marketing network, the farmers were able to find a good sale price for their products and increase productivity. This has also played a key role in slowing down the rapid rural to urban migration as farmers whose products have gained value have given up thoughts of moving to cities and started to benefit from the local environment.

The Farmers’ Club was awarded two silver Mercury Awards in New York in 2012, Mediacat Felis Awards of Year‘s Best Media Utilization Award in 2013 and Social Business Co-creation/Special Mention of the Jury in Zermatt Summit in 2014.

Replication: Turkey is the first country where the Vodafone’s agricultural programme was introduced. Since then, the solution was replicated in five other countries: Kenya, Ghana, India, Tanzania and New Zealand.

Budget: The monthly service subscription costs $1 and with the growing number of farmers subscribing for the services, the solution proved to be sustainable.

Contact information of solution provider: 
Tülin Akin 
Telephone: +90 212 909 4321 
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    Saturday, 05 December 2015 01:03

    Goals and objectives: The solution was initiated in 2013 within the project "The participation and involvement of women in mountain areas the local economy through the development of crafts," aimed to involve women of mountainous areas in the local economy through the development of handicrafts.

    Implementation: The project covered two districts of the Sogd region, Ayni (Shamtuch Jamoat) and Panjakent (Farob, Moghiyon, and Shing Jamoats), with a population of 39,000. The main activity was to increase the incomes of rural women through the creation of four action groups. The project conducted a series of trainings and master classes and two exchange visits.

    Two exhibitions of photos and crafts were held in Khujand and Dushanbe to engage the attention of urban residents and the surrounding environments, to promote traditional crafts in the countryside and to establish business relations between rural and urban areas. The project involved single women, widows, young women and girls. Qualified Tajik and international trainers helped more than 120 women develop their skills, improve the quality of their products and generate income.

    The final output included development of the catalogue representing textile ornaments and patterns of the Zarafshon Valley of Tajikistan, which has been a remarkable output of the NGO Zarafshon Valley Tourism Development Association (ZTDA). The rich variety of patterns and decorative motifs included in this catalogue provide hope that these precious samples, an evidence of the history and culture of Zarafshon Valley, will raise particular interest among readers and will take their place in the world`s treasury of textile ornamentation.

    Achievements: The solution greatly contributed to women's socialization, recovery and in some regions the revival of the handicraft sector.

    Replication: The solution can be of interest for countries aiming to empowerment of urban or rural women through development of local crafts.

    Budget: $23,421

    Partner: NGO «Zarafshon Valley Tourism Development Association» (ZTDA)

    Contact details: 
    Tajikistan 
    Open Society Institute - Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan
    Lolisanam Ulugova, Program Coordinator, Arts & Culture Program 
    Office Phones: (+992) 47 441 0728; 47 441 0744; 227 5558 
    Fax: (+992) 47 441 0729 
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