USAID Programs in Turkmenistan

USAID began providing assistance to Turkmenistan in 1992, soon after the country became independent. Development programs in Turkmenistan improve social services, expand access to information, and increase the development of markets and agriculture. USAID programs cooperate with ministries, governmental organizations, businesses, and communities to create jobs, increase incomes, improve professional knowledge, and better manage resources.

Contact Information

USAID Regional Mission Director for the Central Asian Republics:
Christopher Edwards
41 Kazibek bi St.,
Almaty, Kazakhstan 050010
Tel.: +7-727-250-7612
Website: https://www.usaid.gov/central-asia-regional

USAID Country Office Representative:
Mischere Kawas
Business Center, A block
1 Yunus Emre St, “Parahat 2/1,” Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 744017
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
E-mail: mkawas@usaid.gov

Officer in Charge U.S. Agency for International Development:

Ilire Agimi,
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, USA 20523
Tel.: 202-712-1559
iagimi@usaid.gov

August 2018 – August 2021

The ultimate goal of CAREM is an integrated power market with effective regional institutions that ensure fair and consistent transactions for all countries; common standards for performance; fair and non-discriminatory pricing; and full access to the power grid.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: Tetra Tech

October 2016 – September 2021

USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs in Central Asia aim to facilitate exports and employment in horticulture and strengthen transport and logistics services across the five Central Asian economies. By incentivizing firms to become more regionally competitive and by addressing cross-border impediments to trade, USAID helps to develop a more diverse and competitive private sector and generate export-driven growth.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov 
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: DAI

August 2017 – June 2022

Power the Future works on creating effective enabling environments for private sector investments in
renewable energy that account for existing wholesale and retail electricity prices. Power the Future will also support development of policy and regulatory preconditions for investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as information and knowledge sharing.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov 
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: Tetra Tech

October 2015 – September 2020

This Central Asia and Afghanistan regional program on capacity building for water practitioners has four components:

  1. Capacity Building & Academic Exchange – to train a new generation of water managers capable of applying integrated water resource management (IWRM) principles in their everyday work, and using science-based instruments in routine water management;
  2. Networking & Cooperation – to support dialogue among water organizations, professionals and academic communities;
  3. IWRM Promotion & Support – to promote a wider acceptance and use of key IWRM principles on the national level;
  4. Basin Planning – to introduce long-term planning at the river basin level.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov 
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: Central Asian Regional Environmental Centre

September 2014 – September 2019

Challenge TB is a world wide project that started its activities in Turkmenistan in the fall of 2017. The project works in Turkmenistan through it’s subcontractor World Health Organization and targets improvements in diagnostics, infection control, treatment and of Multy Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR TB). The project works on introduction of new treatment regimens with use of new TB drugs and on improvement of database system for MDR TB. The project coordinates it’s activities with Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and National Tuberculosis Program of Turkmenistan.

Contact at USAID: Elena Samarkina
E-mail: esamarkina@usaid.gov
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: KNCV and WHO

September 5, 2017 – September, 4 2021

The goal of the program is to improve the capacity of youth to contribute to their local economy and community, and promote the active engagement of young people of Turkmenistan in the labor market and participation in civil society.

The targets of the program are to increase youth competitiveness in the labor market, increase youth social involvement through development of youth civic awareness program, voluntarism and leadership and improve enabling environment to support protect and prepare youth through national legislation.

This is country specific program implemented only in Turkmenistan.

Contact at USAID: Elena Samarkina
E-mail: esamarkina@usaid.gov
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: Junior Achievement Worldwide

October 2015 – September 2020

The Trafficking-in-Persons Prevention project supports the Government of Turkmenistan and relevant civil society actors in their efforts to respond to the problem of human trafficking through prevention and protection activities.

This program is implemented in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Contact at USAID: Vepa Berdiyev
E-mail: vberdiyev@usaid.gov
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: International Organization of Migration (IOM)

April 2019 – April 2023

This program exposes Turkmen government officials and civil servants to international best practice in order to build their capacity to better serve the citizenry.

Contact at USAID: Elena Samarkina
E-mail: esamarkina@usaid.gov
Tel.: (+99312) 456130
Implementing Organization: QED Group