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About the IOM Development Fund
The IOM Development Fund/Developing Capacities in Migration Management (originally named the 1035 Facility) has provided a unique global resource to support developing Member States since 2001, to strengthen their migration management capacity. With some 370 projects implemented in more than 112 countries worldwide, the Fund has successfully addressed the capacity building needs of eligible Member States by providing essential "seed funding" for innovative projects.
The Fund is designed to contribute to the harmonization of eligible Member States’ migration management policies and practices with their overall national development strategy. Priority projects are identified by Member States in coordination with IOM Offices worldwide and include activities that enhance migration management practices and promote humane and orderly migration.
IOM has recently implemented two projects in Tajikistan through the financial support of the IOM Development Fund.
Building Coordination, Training and Research Capacities of the Government of Tajikistan to Manage Migration
This project was designed towards building coordination, training and research capacities of the migration-led government institutions of the Republic of Tajikistan. Technical assistance was provided in a variety of areas in order to make the intervention sustainable. Throughout this project, IOM worked directly with migration authorities, particularly, the Inter-ministerial Commission for Regulation of Migration Processes in Tajikistan (IMCRMP), Migration Service (MS) of the Republic of Tajikistan, State Advanced Training Centre (SATC) for civil-service employees and other national and international organizations in Tajikistan.
The overall objective of this project was to strengthen the capacity of government’s migration-related agencies in sustainable data sharing, development of national migration management curriculum for training civil service employees, strengthen research capacities of national research institutions, reinforce government capacities in unified coordination of migration activities of all stakeholders operating throughout the country.
Improving Foreign Labour Migrants' Access to Health Services in Tajikistan
As the number of Tajik labour migrants takes centre stage in many organization's programmatic efforts in Tajikistan, a simultaneous emergence of labour migrants flowing into Tajikistan has been occurring. Managing the health related impacts of this growing migration trend presents a challenge to the Tajik government and unknown consequences to the local population. It is important to understand the dynamics and prospects of foreign migration to Tajikistan such as their work places and working conditions, networks, health status and access to health care facilities, as well as the coordination between sending and destination countries.
The overarching goal of this project was to assist the Government of Tajikistan in its efforts to implement the resolution on the "Health of Migrants" adopted by the 61st World Health Assembly (WHA) through the implementation of research, development of migrant-sensitive policies and services, and health promotion of foreign migrants in Tajikistan. This project consisted of the following components:
- Conducting research on the health status, needs, and access to health care among the rapidly growing Chinese migrant community in Tajikistan
- Capacity building for government and non-governmental partners to address the health needs of Chinese migrants as well as the public health needs of migrant-hosting communities, a model developing for migrant sensitive health promotion and disease prevention services
- Advocating for foreign migrants' right to health and enhance the Government of Tajikistan's awareness of foreign migrant health issues in order to develop better public health policy
The Operational Strategy 2012-2015 identifies the key thematic challenges and priorities guiding IOM's programmatic interventions in Tajikistan in the upcoming years.