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As in previous years, Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation is pursuing its projects in close collaboration with the PATRIP foundation (Pakistan-Tajikistan Regional Integration Programme). The projects financed by Luxembourg through the foundation and implemented by the Danish NGO Mission East focus principally on water, sanitation and hygiene. In addition, the NGO is investing more in efforts to reduce risk, in order to strengthen the sustainability of these projects, in close collaboration, in particular, with village communities (e.g. plantations of shrubs and trees).

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In 2020, Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation contributed about EUR 302,000, making it possible to supply running water and to install sanitation in 28 mountain villages, 18 on the Afghan side and 10 on the Tajik side. In addition, 627 latrines, some of which are accessible by persons with reduced mobility, and 14 dry latrines were built in these villages. Hygiene training courses were delivered by the NGO Mission East to raise awareness of the dangers of water-borne diseases. The Mission East projects are founded upon sustainability. The COVID-19 crisis also affected these two countries, slowing down the projects in progress. The project ended in 2020. Talks are in progress concerning a new three-year phase (2021-2023).

Priority areas of intervention

  • Clean water and sanitation

Reference data

  • Population (MIO): 38.9
  • GNI (per resident): USD 2190
  • Human Development Index (HDI): 169/189
  • Life expectancy: 64.8
  • Indicative Cooperation Programme: N/A

Key achievements 2020

  • Improvement measures for hygiene and sanitation facilities in the border region

Sector breakdown