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On the next process of community mobilization in Jizzakh

Qishloq facilitators and engineers conducted the verification of well-being analysis and worked on a resource map by walking around the village in Bakhmal district (Muzbuloq MCA), Jizzakh region. In addition, an education analysis was carried out with the participation of members of the makhalla development unit and representatives of the youth of the village.

The purpose of the activity is to identify tasks, problems and information on the current state of education of the population for further inclusion in the Qishloq development plan.

To sum up the results of the work, several tasks were identified, in particular, issues related to improving the school infrastructure, the condition of roads, their distance (from the place of residence to the school 7-8 km), as well as consideration of the uninterrupted supply of electricity to adjacent villages.

Discussion of the workflow in the Jizzakh region

On 5 March, a working online meeting was held in Bakhmal district, Jizzakh region, in participation with a World Bank an international consultant and qishloq facilitators and engineers of Jizzakh and Sirdarya regions within the framework of mobilizing the rural population.

Main goal of the event was a discussion of the implementation progress and tasks as well as achievements in mobilizing the rural population, conducting various socio-economic analyzes with the participation of the local population.

Based on the results of the working meeting, the World Bank consultant noted the positive results of the work of rural facilitators, at the same time, some points were also identified that need to be paid attention to in the future by rural facilitators in the course of field work.

Оn the progress of community mobilization in Jizzakh

Currently specialists of the Jizzakh inter-regional project implementation group presented the Rural infrastructure development project to 8 mahallas in Bakhmal district, Jizzakh region and established temporary mahalla development units.

The purpose, main principles and other important information of the RIDP were presented during the meeting. It was noted that the main features of the project are the active participation of the population in decision making and the selection of subprojects in the regions. Temporary mahalla development units were elected to cooperate and assist in community mobilization process during the project implementation.

Grievance Redress Mechanism

A Grievance Redress Mechanism is available for beneficiaries or other interested stakeholders to submit any questions or concerns they may have about project implementation. Questions or proposals may be submitted through the following channels:

- filling the feedback form available at the web-site http://ridp.uz/en/feedback/

- calling the telephone hotline: (71) 232-63-32

- sending an email to ridp@mineconomy.uz

- sending a letter to the PIU office: 45A, Islam Karimov Street, Tashkent

- leaving a written note in grievances’ boxes which will be maintained at the village, district and regional levels.

- speaking to staff in Mahalla Citizen Assemblies, district Khokimiyats, regional Khokimiyats, project facilitators, the Project Implementation Unit, or Facilitating Partners.

In addition, the national Beneficiary Feedback Mechanism is available to report any cases of forced labor or child labor that may occur in the implementation of the Project.

Technical supervision over the quality of subproject design

Since the opening of the interregional office of RIDP for the Fergana Valley in Namangan, PIU technical supervision consultants and environmental protection specialists have been holding regular meetings. The aim is to plan together effective approaches and mechanisms for the implementation of the infrastructure part of the project, with the introduction of innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency, social and environmental guarantees and environmental protection requirements in the design and construction of future rural infrastructure sub-projects. Methodology for conducting a technical audit, a series of trainings are being developed to increase the potential of representatives of the construction sector and mahhalla development units.

Thus, in February PIU specialists visited Andijan region in order to study the process of preparing the work to start the design of the proposed subproject in the Sokhil MDU of Pakhtaabad region. The organized meeting was attended by the deputy khokim for construction of the Pakhtaabad district, representatives of the district department of public education, an environmental protection specialist of the PIU, residents of the Sokhil mahhala. Participants discussed the calculations of the capacity of the future school based on the number of potential local students and nearby mahhallas. Moreover, the PIU engineering and technical staff are also developing guidelines for infrastructure design aimed at improving technical supervision over the quality of design and construction work.

Audit

According to guiding principles of the World Bank, the Project Implementation Unit will provide audit the financial statements by an independent Auditing Company, based on the approved Terms of Reference. More information about the tender announcement can be found soon on our website.

Online training on screening

On February 16, specialists from the project implementation unit on environmental protection and social protection jointly conducted another online training for regional specialists in environmental and social protection. During the online training, it was explained how to fill out the necessary forms during the verification process. Situations that may arise during the implementation of the project were also discussed. Regional specialists received answers to their questions based on the information from project documentation and personal experience of experts.

Selection of villages in the Jizzakh

Nowadays, the selection of villages in the Jizzakh region is underway, in February of this year, the specialists of the project implementation unit in cooperation with the District Project Committee, reviewed the data of 25 mahalla citizens assemblies (MCA). Further information on selected MCAs will be published on our website.

Presentation of projects with a focus on gender equality, implemented with the …

An online meeting was held with the participation of the World Bank Country Office in Uzbekistan, the Senate Committee on Women affairs and Gender equality, the Youth Parliament Commission on Gender Equality under the Senate, and with representatives of relevant ministries, departments and NGOs.

A number of projects focusing on gender equality and the economic empowerment of rural women implemented with the support of the World Bank in Uzbekistan were presented at the meeting. During the presentation of the Rural Infrastructure Development Project, Gulrano Tlepova, Social Development Specialist of the World Bank, noted that gender equality is a key principle of the project. The RIDP will support focus on closing the gender gaps in voice and participation in village-level decision-making, by ensuring that 50% of Mahalla Development Unit members are women, and through community outreach to ensure that women are able to participate in project planning and decision-making meetings in remote villages. At the meeting, the Senate Committee on Women affairs and Gender Equality and other participants supported an integrated approach to the discussed issue.

In Bakhmal 9 Mahalla Citizens' Assemblies were selected

On February 1 a meeting was held in Bakhmal district for the selection of villages to participate in the "Rural Infrastructure Development" project. During the meeting 9 of the 12 nominated Mahalla Citizens' Assemblies were selected. Bakhmal, Muzbulak, Sangzor, Molguzar, Oyqor, Temirkadam, Madaniyat, Uzunbulak and Saroy Mahalla Citizens' Assemblies were approved by District Project Committee.

The criteria for selecting a village are as follows:
• The village should be located at a considerable distance from the center of this district or a neighboring district;
• Lack of clean drinking water supply in the village;
• It should not be covered by other public infrastructure development programs such as Obod qishloq, Obod mahalla or Obod Markaz.

During the event, the chairman of pilot "Saroy" MCA B.Jurayeva told the participants about the mobilization work in her village. At the end of the event, the selected 9 MCA chairmen received the information on their responsibilities and about the project stages.