Adapting population skills to the post-pandemic economy in Fergana Valley




January 2021 - December 2023


USD 1 800 000

Focus Area:

Sustainable Development


Ministry of Employment & Labour Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Geographical location:



Goal 1: No poverty

Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Project Document:



Project Summary:

The project is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) of the Republic of Uzbekistan and UNDP. 

The proposed project will contribute to poverty reduction through increased employment and entrepreneurship opportunities of the population, especially the youth of Fergana Valley by building entrepreneurship and future skills among students and job-seekers. This project aims at forging a new pathway for the future of work—based on continuous skills attainment, digital leapfrogging and a new balance between life and work. The development objective of the project is reskilling and upskilling of the workforce to deliver new business models in the post-pandemic era. It will target college and university graduates, young women and men in informal employment, returning migrants and other vulnerable groups and help Uzbekistan Government and private sector to craft policies and talent strategy that develop employees’ critical digital and cognitive capabilities, their technical and socio-emotional skills, and their adaptability and resilience. 

Expected Results:

By 2025, youth, women and vulnerable groups benefit from improved access to livelihoods, decent work and expanded opportunities generated by inclusive and equitable economic growth.  At least 20,000 young people will be benefiting from the project annually.  

Project Contact Information:


Bakhrom Radjabov

Project Manager


Tel: (998 78) 120-34-50

4 Taras Shevchenko Street, Tashkent 100029

Funded by:

The Russian Federation – UNDP Trust Fund for Development

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