Supporting Modernisation, Accelerated Reform and Transformation (SMART)

Project Goal

Economists take part in an educational seminarUNDP in Uzbekistan: Supporting reform in Uzbekistan means meeting the needs and requirements of all stakeholders

The SMART project works to support the Centre of Economic Research in facilitating economic, social, institutional and spatial transformation in Uzbekistan, while expanding the thematic and geographic range of its research areas, promoting participatory policy dialogue, and issuing a wider range of products for various types of audiences.

In 1999, a Decree of the President of Uzbekistan established the Centre for Economic Research (CER), with the mandate to provide economic analysis reports, forecasts and policy advice, to facilitate public-private dialogue, and to build broad consensus over economic reform and development in Uzbekistan. The Decree also specified that the establishment of the CER was a joint initiative of UNDP and the Government, where UNDP’s role was to provide technical assistance for the centre’s institutional development.

A new stage of reform in Uzbekistan, which was initiated by the President of Uzbekistan, has set the priorities for the further deepening of medium-term political, judicial and economic reforms. This new reform agenda, as well as the remaining challenges related to ‘external shocks’, will require the preparation of a comprehensive package of programs and documents during the coming years.

To this end the Government is interested in strengthening and developing the applied research sector, wherein the CER is expected to share and transfer its experience, knowledge and best-practices, within the framework of continuing the practice of undertaking collaborative research projects with other emerging national research institutions.


Expected Results


  • Develop policy recommendations with the participation of all stakeholders at all stages of the reform process;
  • Build public awareness about the new stage of reform in Uzbekistan, while promoting the Uzbek development model within the ‘South-South’ cooperation modality;
  • Support policy research initiatives in social, economic, spatial and institutional transformation;
  • Support capacity building in participatory offline and online policy dialogue, openness debates and consensus building, therefore facilitating the enhancement of the CER knowledge management system and contributing to the ‘South-South’ cooperation modality;
  • Pursue innovative strategic partnerships with the Government of Uzbekistan, international organisations, civil society (including women’s NGOs), and the private sector. In addition to North-South cooperation, South-South cooperation will also be an important element of the CER’s corporate partnership strategy;
  • Contribute to the capacity building of central and local authorities, other research institutions and the mass-media, by involving them in collaborative studies and conducting short-term training. The CER will act as a space for linking up other research institutions, taking the leading role in this knowledge-sharing exercise.


Total Budget: USD 1,850,000
UNDP: USD 500,000
The Government of Uzbekistan: USD 1,350,000

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