Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation to Prevent Violent Extremism in Central Asia

What is the project about

The rise of violent extremism and its spread across national borders has become a pressing issue for all Central Asian countries, threatening to reverse the development gains made over the past twenty-five years since independence. A growing number of Central Asians have been radicalized and have joined in-country radical groups or left the region to join extremist groups abroad. The phenomenon of foreign fighters traveling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIL is only the most publicized consequence of radicalization, which leads to violent extremism – though this is born from radicalization that starts at home.

This Project is aimed at creating employment for young people to reduce socio-economic pressures that exacerbate involvement of young people, including former prisoners, into marginal and illegal professions creating employment opportunities and empowering them to improve their social inclusion and ability to participate and engage in labour market and promote peace and security. The project will target unemployed and underemployed young men and women. Specific focus group will be young former prisoners who have been amnestied by the Government of Turkmenistan.

The project activities will be mainly implemented in urban settlements, as cities have a higher concentration of young population. Geographic scope of the project will include the capital city Ashgabat and Tedjen city in Ahal velayat, Turkmenabat city in Lebap velayat, Mary city in Mary velayat, Turkmenbashy  city in Balkan velayat and Dashoguz city in Dashoguz velayat, including surrounding settlements.

The project objectives correspond to main priorities of the Foreign Policy “Concept of foreign policy of Turkmenistan for 2017-2023” in area of maintenance of peace and security in the region. The project will also contribute to implementation of the State Youth Policy of Turkmenistan approved by the subject Law in 2013 and the Program on improvement of the employment services and creation of new jobs for 2015-2020. The project will also contribute towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets nationalized by Turkmenistan in September 2016.

Project components

Output 1:

1.       Training workshops on peace and security issues, conflict prevention and conflict mediation, and economic and social rights.

2.       Roundtable meetings to raise awareness of young people about the existing national development planning, law enforcement processes in the country.

3.       A sample survey to identify the employment aspirations, interests and concerns of youth.

4.       Capacity of 6 Youth Centres enhanced to provide social services to marginalized or at risk groups.

Output 2:

1.       Lower-skilled unemployed young people trained and employed by local municipalities to implement community-based projects.

2.       Higher-skilled young job seekers trained to start their own business, matched with a mentor from the Union of Entrepreneurs and Manufacturers of Turkmenistan.

3.       Small grants provided to 20 graduates from the entrepreneurship training programme to support implementation of the most innovative entrepreneurial ideas.

4.       Public employment services improved to provide better placement services, counselling, specialized services, ICT servicers and services to employers, including staff training on Public Employment Services and employment fund management.

5.       Government capacity built to formulate youth employment/entrepreneurship strategy and establish a national fund to support new innovative start-ups.



Project start date:

March 2018

Estimated end date:

December 2020

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Kazakhstan

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Government Of Japan
  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $655,730

    2019 $2,578,987

    2018 $718,701

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