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 Representative to Turkmenistan:
Nino Nadiradze
1 Yunus Emre St, “Mir 2/1”
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 744017
Tel.: +99312-456-130
nnadiradze@usaid.gov

U.S. Agency for International Development Turkmenistan Desk Officer:
Ilire Agimi,
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, USA 20523
Tel.: 202-712-1559
iagimi@usaid.gov

October 2016 – September 2021

The USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs in Central Asia program aims 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 and Svetlana Golovatskaya
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov 
E-mail:sgolovatskaya@usaid.gov

August 2017 – June 2022

Power the Future works to create effective enabling environment for private sector investments in renewable energy thus improving existing wholesale and retail electricity prices. Power the Future supports development of policy and regulatory preconditions for investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as information and knowledge sharing.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov and Sergey Yelkin
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov
E-mail: syelkin@usaid.gov

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.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov and Gulzada Azhetova
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov 
E-mail: gazhetova@usaid.gov

August 2018 – August 2021

The goal of the Central Asia Regional Electricity Market program is an integrated power market with effective regional institutions that ensure fair and consistent transactions for participating countries; common standards for performance; fair and non-discriminatory pricing; and full access to the power grid.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov and Sergey Yelkin
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov
E-mail: syelkin@usaid.gov

The objective of the USAID Future Growth Initiative is to increase the competitiveness of high-growth industries to provide jobs and income for Central Asia’s growing workforce. The program is expected to transform market systems in ways that help high-potential firms and sectors grow, foster market linkages to match demand for workforce skills with training offered to youth and women, link entrepreneurs to high-growth markets, and build more business- and worker-friendly policy environments and institutions to sustain private sector–driven growth.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov and Svetlana Golovatskaya
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov
E-mail: sgolovatskaya@usaid.gov

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 to promote the active engagement of young people of Turkmenistan in the labor market and participation in civil society. To do this, the program is expected to increase youth competitiveness in the labor market, increase youth involvement in social issues through civic awareness, voluntarism and leadership, and to improve the enabling environment to support youth through national legislation.

This is a bilateral program implemented only in Turkmenistan.

Contact at USAID: Serdar Yagmurov
E-mail: syagmurov@usaid.gov

September 16, 2019 – September 15, 2022

This program intends to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB) and Drug Resistant (DR)-TB and assist local governments to provide universal and equitable access to high quality TB services including vulnerable populations. The program is expected to provide technical assistance to support the introduction and scale-up of latest international guidelines for TB and drug-resistant DR-TB. The program supports policymakers and health care professionals to adapt international recommendations on rationalization of TB hospital use and improvement of ambulatory treatment through shifting services from in-patient hospital care to outpatient treatment involving civil society organizations (CSOs), communities and family members. Special attention is being paid to improving the quality of and access to second line and new TB drug treatment for DR-TB patients, as well as to childhood TB through implementation of updated guidelines based on international standards.

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

Contact at USAID: Chemen Jumayeva and Flora Salikhova
E-mail: cjumayeva@usaid.gov
E-mail: fsalikhova@usaid.gov

September 8, 2019 – September 7, 2024

The USAID Eliminating Tuberculosis in Central Asia program reduces the burden of tuberculosis (TB) in Central Asia by building local and regional capacity to improve the detection and treatment of drug resistant TB (DR-TB). It is expected that this program will lead to measurable and sustainable improvements in the quality and availability of DR-TB services by building the capacity of Central Asian institutions in TB leadership, management, financing, and information systems. The program will improve TB service delivery by ensuring skilled and motivated providers in laboratories and health facilities and accessible drugs, supplies, and services. The program works with communities to reduce TB stigma and provides comprehensive support services to TB patients to ensure successful completion of treatment.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Chemen Jumayeva and Arman Toktabayanov
E-mail: cjumayeva@usaid.gov
E-mail: atoktabayanov@usaid.gov

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 and Inna Biryukova
E-mail: vberdiyev@usaid.gov
E-mail: ibiryukova@usaid.gov

April 2019 – April 2023

This program exposes Turkmen government officials, civil servants, and civil society actors to international best practices to build their capacity and better serve the citizenry.

This is a bilateral program implemented only in Turkmenistan.

Contact at USAID: Vepa Berdiyev
E-mail: vberdiyev@usaid.gov

September 01, 2019 – August 31, 2024

This program builds on previous USAID safe migration and counter-trafficking work conducted in the Central Asia region, including initiatives to reduce the vulnerability of individuals to internal and external trafficking, increase migrants’ awareness of safe migration channels, and enhance the combating trafficking in persons legislative and regulatory frameworks. The program will continue to support activities to promote rights-based migration with a renewed focus on addressing systemic challenges, incentives, and the enabling environment for trafficking in persons (TIP), while improving government, civil society, and private sector collaboration and capacity to address issues relevant to migration and TIP. With an increased regional focus, it is expected that the program will have the opportunity to build on past country-level investments and facilitate regional cooperation for more cohesive cross-border approaches.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Vepa Berdiyev and Inna Biryukova
E-mail: vberdiyev@usaid.gov
E-mail: ibiryukova@usaid.gov

September 01, 2019 – August 31, 2024

The program partners with local CSOs to implement activities that engage youth on initiatives, such as vocational training, local community development; support persons with disabilities; and provide organizational development and capacity building to civil society groups.

This program is implemented in Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan.

Contact at USAID: Vepa Berdiyev and Ainur Zhamiyeva
E-mail: vberdiyev@usaid.gov
E-mail: azhamiyeva@usaid.gov