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Presentation at Jizzakh regional Kengash of People's Deputies

Today, on September 28, an extraordinary session of the Jizzakh regional Kengash of People's Deputies was held under the khokim of the Jizzakh region E. A. Saliev’s direction in the regional khokimiyat. The meeting was attended by people's deputies, districts’ khokims, representatives of ministries and departments, as well as by the deputy director of the "Rural Infrastructure Development" Project Zokir Rakhimov. At the meeting Z. Rakhimov announced a report on the progress of the Project, in particular, he noted, that in 28 MCAs of Bakhmal, Zaamin, Farish and Yangiabad districts of Jizzakh region there were held tenders among the project organizations for the sub-projects selected by the citizens. Also, he informed the participants that today the final determination of the contractor for the reconstruction of a school, designed for 220 academic places in Saroy MCA of Bakhmal district would be held, and in the near future construction works would start.

Online workshop on the environmental and social protection

In accordance with the World Bank's Operational Management (4.01 , 4.12), which contributes to the implementation of the Bank's mission of reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development, there was held an online workshop on the environmental and social protection of sub-projects selected in MCAs, within the framework of the “Rural Infrastructure Development " Project for PIU specialists. The workshop was attended by representatives of the World Bank – R. Wrobel, Social Development Specialist, J. B. Collier, Senior Environmental Specialist, R. Tlepova - National Consultant, A. Khamidov, Ecologist, National Consultant, PIU representatives – I. Ruziev, Environmental Protection Specialist, M. Isomitdinova, community mobilization specialist.
The participants discussed the development of documents, as well as accordance of selected projects to procedures and rules, requirements and principles of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), the ESM checklist, for analyzing the risks and opportunities of the Project, compliance with World bank and legal requirements.
This workshop was aimed at effective interaction with stakeholders, identification and assessment of environmental and social risks, commitments and opportunities.

Environmental and Social Management Plan

Dear citizens,

You can download and examine the final version of the document “Environmental and Social Management Plan” (ESNP)) on the construction of the school in Sakhil MCA of Pakhtaobod district, Andijan region.

Working trip of the head of the Rural Infrastructure Development Project and re…

From September 13 to 16 of this year, the head of the Rural Infrastructure Development Project Zafar Urakov, representatives of the World Bank Robert Wrobel and Rano Tlepova made a working trip to the most eastern region of the country, the Ferghana Valley. The participants of the trip visited all the viloyats representing this region.

In Andijan viloyat meetings with the Project Facilitating Partners - the representative of the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) Ilkhom Gulomjonov and the representative of "Yuksalish" National Movement Shamshod Yunusov were held. At the meeting, they discussed the status of the activities carried out by the Project Partners, outlined ways to improve the implementation of the project, and also planned further steps and prospects for the future.

At the second meeting with the Head of the engineering company "Yagona buyurtmachi hizmati" Sh.Shamsutdinov, Deputy Head of the consulting center M. Topivoldiev, Deputy Head of Construction Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction for Andijan viloyat Nizomitdin Rakhmonov, representatives of the Secretariat for Integrated Development of Territories, Communications, Construction, and Housing and Communal Services Alisher Abdullayev and Dilhurozh Yulchiev they discussed Standard tender documentation, developed and improved by the World Bank and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan regarding engineering companies, a list of engineering organizations and construction companies that have a top rating and the capabilities of engineering companies regarding the environmental and social management plan.

In " Tosh Yuli” MCA of Markhamat district they met with representatives of Makhalla Development Unit, partner facilitators, engineers, representatives of the Project Implementation Unit and Qishloq Khokimiyat. They discussed a presentation made by the qishloq facilitator and engineers on the analysis of the health state, level of education and well-being of the village population that was carried out under the control of Makhalla Development Unit.

In Ferghana they met with representatives of the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), "Yuksalish" National Movement, “Tarakkiyot” Population Development Support Centre and the Adviser to the Minister of Housing and Communal Services on the provision of drinking water to rural settlements of the Republic of Uzbekistan Olivier Norman. Special attention was paid on the creation of a working group for the development of Autonomous Water Supply and Sanitation Systems and attraction of specialists from organizations with the relevant competency and experience to participate in the implementation of this subproject.

In the building of Single Customer Services Engineering Company (SCS) in Ferghana viloyat the meeting with he representatives of Ferghana viloyat Khokimiyat, representatives of SCS, “Tarakkiyot” Population Development Support Centre, Ferghana viloyat project coordinators and specialists in environmental and social protection was held. The main subjects of discussion were the Environmental and Social Management Plan, the issues on the bidding documents. They came to the following conclusion: the specialists of the Project Implementation Unit in viloyats will assist project organizations in developing an Environmental and Social Management Plan, assist at the documentation features work and an improved version of sample tender documents will be provided to the project organizations.

In Korasaroy MCA of Yozyovon district in Ferghana region they continued with the meeting with representatives of Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), "Yuksalish" National Movement, “Tarakkiyot” Population Development Support Centre and the Adviser to the Minister of Housing and Communal Services on the provision of drinking water to rural settlements of the Republic of Uzbekistan Olivier Norman to witness a meeting organized by qishloq facilitators for the representatives of the temporary Makhalla Development Unit on the issue of drawing up the Makhalla Development Plan based on the results of community mobilization activities.

In Namangan viloyat they started a trip with visiting a school No. 22 of the Uychi district in Namangan region, where they studied examples of the construction of eco-toilets. A special feature of the mechanism of these toilets is the method of biological three-stage water purification, making it suitable for discharge into the general sewerage system in terms of quality. The management of PIU considers to use this experience in order to apply it in the facilities of the “Rural Infrastructure Development” Project for schools and kindergartens selected by the citizens.

Later a meeting with representatives of Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development, CEED (Bulgaria), the consulting company “Rhytm Plus” (Uzbekistan) and employees of Namangan office of the Project Implementation Unit was held .
The parties discussed the activities of Rhytm Plus company related to five MCAs - Quriq, Qoramurt, Yangi Bogiston, Soz-Soy, Chombogish of Namangan region. They also agreed on the following: due to the fact that sub-projects on autonomous water supply and sewerage systems will be implemented within the framework of the Rural Infrastructure Development Project, PIU is creating a working group for the development of the concept and mechanism of autonomous water supply systems, where specialists from PIU, the World Bank, ACTED and CEED will take part.

In Soz-Soy MCA of Chartak district, Namangan region they met with members of Makhalla Development Unit and listened to the existing problems of the citizens. The main objects that require special attention, according to the residents’ opinion, are the lack of drinking water and wireless Internet. The reason for the priority problem of drinking water is underground water, which is used as a source of water supply for the region population, for the needs of industry and irrigation of land. The shortage of drinking-quality water is due to the insufficient use of industrial desalination plants, as well as the period of wear and untimely reconstruction and replacement of water supply and sewerage networks. As a result of a meeting, it was decided carry out calculations by qishloq engineers on financing water supply and sewerage systems.

The final meeting of the working visits of RIDP management and representatives of the World Bank with the head of the forestry named after Abu Ali Ibn Sino Kh. Abdusattorov was held in Chodak village of Pap district, Namangan region. The visit was limited to fact-finding within the framework of the new Project "Sustainable Development of Forest Territories" to study the prospects and economic opportunities for improving the standard of living of the population of Uzbekistan since the strategy of sustainable development of society is largely determined by the ecological and resource components. This project is in the process of developing by the World Bank.

At the end of the meetings they agreed on close cooperation for the implementation of the planned tasks and exchanged the recommendations to eliminate shortcomings in the work process.

Meeting with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction …

On September 9, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction of the Republic of Uzbekistan A. Boboev met with representatives of the World Bank, social development specialist R. Wrobel, Senior Urban Development Specialist R. Nitti, World Bank consultant R. Tlepova and the leadership of the "Rural Infrastructure Development" Project.
During the meeting they discussed the issues of the implementation process and the status of the "Rural Infrastructure Development" and "Medium-size cities Integrated Development" projects.
Following the meeting, the parties agreed on step-by-step joint consultations for the rural Infrastructure development process as a contribution to the dynamic implementation of the project. Representatives of the World Bank also expressed their readiness to involve international technical specialists for the urbanization of medium-sized cities.

Tender for reconstruction

The tender for the implementation of construction and installation work on the object: Reconstruction of the branch of secondary school No. 30 of “Saroy” makhalla citizens meeting of Bakhmal district in Jizzakh viloyat is ongoing, for the detailed information please follow the link: http://exarid.uzex.uz/ru/tender2/lot/9127384?status=1

Environmental and Social Management Plan to be discussed in Jizzakh region

Dear citizens,

Please see disclosed draft Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) related to reconstruction of a school in Saroy MCA, Bakhmal district, Jizzakh region. Please provide your feedback and suggestions on this document by e-mail ridp@mineconomy,uz, telephone +998712326332, telegram +998992256332 by 30 August 2021.

On 27 August 2021 at 10.00 the Public Consultation will be held on the draft Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) related to reconstruction of a school in Saroy MCA in the building of Hokimiyat of Bakhmal district, Jizzakh region. Participation of the representatives of local authorities, residents of the Saroy MCA, the regional and district departments of corresponding committee, NGOs and other stakeholders is expected. We welcome participation and valuable feedback from any citizen and for participation details, please contact via e-mail ridp@mineconomy.uz, or at +998712326332, by telegram +998992256332.

Environmental and Social Management Plan is under discussion in Sokhil MCA

A public consultation of the "Environmental and social management plan" draft for Sohil MCA was held in Pakhtaabad.
Today, on 30 July 2021, Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) draft project was widely discussed in the building of Pakhtaabad district khokimiyat of Andijan region in connection with the construction of a modern school for 264 seats in "Sohil" MCA included in the "Rural Infrastructure Development" Project under the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.
Representatives of local authorities, residents of Sohil MCA, regional and district departments of the Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection, the State Cadastre Committee, non-governmental non-profit organizations and other corresponding organizations and agencies attended the event.
After the presentation of the project, Z. Rakhimov, Deputy Project Manager, answered attendee’s questions.

Project Implementation Unit and World Bank officials meet with civil society a…

The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for the Rural Infrastructure Development Project and World Bank officials organized the latest in a series of meetings with Mr. Uktam Pardaev, a civil society activist from Jizzakh region to discuss project goals and activities in the region.

During a video conference call, Mr. Zafar Urakov, PIU Director, and Mr. Robert Wrobel, World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist, engaged in a constructive discussion with Mr. Uktam Pardaev on a number of issues related to the Rural Infrastructure Development Project. Mr. Pardaev verbally presented the preliminary findings of monitoring activities he conducted independently focusing on project activities in villages of Jizzakh region.

The RIDP aims not only to finance community-level services and infrastructure and raise the living standards of hundreds of thousands of citizens in over 300 remote villages of the country, but to do so with the active involvement of local community members to identify priority areas for investments and monitor implementation of project activities.

The PIU is open for dialogue with civil society organizations and activists and welcomes their constructive feedback related to the project activities. It is crucial for the project success as it helps improve the implementation process and achieve the above-mentioned development objectives.

As a part of its ongoing dialogue, the PIU organizes regular video calls with Mr. Pardayev. Since May 2021, four meetings have been held with the civil society activist, including one in person, when the PIU Director paid a working visit to Jizzakh region. During such meetings, Mr. Pardaev shares findings of his independent monitoring focusing on project activities in villages in Jizzakh region, gets an update from the PIU and World Bank on the project progress, and feedback and clarifications on his monitoring findings.

This time Mr. Pardaev verbally presented findings of the monitoring carried out in Muzbuloq village of Bakhmal district of Jizzakh region. He drew attention of the meeting participants to the need to improve certain infrastructure there, including bridges, roads affected by floods and piped drinking water systems. Mr. Pardaev also urged to improve awareness among communities of the project and its community mobilization and decision-making processes.

The PIU and the World Bank officials thanked Mr. Pardayev for his monitoring activities and encouraged him to submit the report containing the preliminary findings through the project’s grievance redress mechanism (GRM) so the PIU could take the necessary follow-up measures.

The PIU and the World Bank officials also noted that the principles of broad-based, gender-sensitive and inclusive community participation are embedded into the RIDP’s design and operating guidelines. However, the project’s community mobilization had to be adapted from its original design to introduce health and safety measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 when gathering beneficiaries’ communities. These measures aimed at safeguarding health of project beneficiaries, have unfortunately constrained participation levels in the project’s community-level meetings.

Nevertheless, the PIU is actively working with village facilitators and regional PIU staff to find alternative means to ensure that local communities are fully informed about project activities and involved in the respective processes, including village-level needs assessment, development planning decisions, and oversight of subproject on rehabilitation and construction works. These activities also include improved access to the project information via the PIU-administered website and social media, for instance, Telegram-channel(https://t.me/uzb_ridp), among other measures, noted Mr. Urakov

In addition, Mr. Pardayev was informed that the PIU has contracted two Facilitating Partners (FPs) to lead community mobilization activities in the villages covered by the project in Ferghana, Andijan, and Namangan regions. One of the competitively selected FPs is a consortium of international and national NGOs(http://ridp.uz/en/news-details/69), including the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development – ACTED (France), the International Secretariat for Water (Canada), Nationwide Movement ‘Yuksalish’ (Uzbekistan), and Center for support and development of population ‘Taraqqiyot’ in Ferghana city (Uzbekistan). Their experience in community development programs is expected to also bring new ideas on how to increase community participation and awareness levels in the current challenging context.

It was noted that the Anti-Corruption Agency of Uzbekistan is tasked to ensure open and transparent use of the project funds, according to the Resolution of the President of Uzbekistan dated November 25, 2020. Last week, Akmal Burkhanov, Agency Director, joined the PIU staff during their mission to the Ferghana Valley to learn about the project progress(http://ridp.uz/en/news-details/74). The ACA would be exercising constant control over the project implementation.

Mr. Urakov one more time invited Mr. Pardaev to continue sharing the findings of his monitoring activities through the project’s GRM so his team could react accordingly and take any necessary corrective measures. The PIU is open for cooperation with Mr. Pardaev and other independent civil society organizations and activists and it will continue ensuring the project’s openness and transparency. The PIU staff is ready to facilitate Mr. Pardaev’s monitoring activities and offers him to join PIU staff when they make visits to the villages covered by the project during their working missions, Mr. Urakov repeated.

Constructive dialogue with civil society organizations and activists will help improve project implementation and achieve its development goals in the interest of hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries living in remote villages in the five regions of Uzbekistan.