Rural Infrastructure Development Project (Previously Uzbekistan Prosperous Villages) (WB-P168233)

  • Uzbekistan
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Ferghana, Andijan and Namangan provinces
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Voting Date
Nov 14, 2019
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  • Housing & Property
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 100.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 183.60 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jul 6, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Oct 14, 2018

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Project Description
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This project supports the Government of Uzbekistan's Obod Qishloq program, with the stated aim of empowering citizens and local communities to play a greater role in local development. This includes increasing access to essential basic infrastructure and services, and improved local governance processes in targeted rural communities and districts. 

According to Bank documents, the results of this project will be measured through indicators such as:

  • Percentage of sampled community respondents reporting improved access to transport, drinking water, electricity or irrigation
  • Percentage of sampled community respondents reporting that investments financed are in-line with their priority needs
  • Number of malhalla committees or district khokimiyats able to plan and maintain their own development projects
  • Percentage of residents reporting improved performance of malhalla committees or district khokimiyats
Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

Although this project endeavours to deliver needed infrastructure and ensure this development is community-based, the continued prevalence of forced labour under the larger Obod Qishloq programme, the restricted environment for communities to voice their opinions free from coercion, and the current capacity of civil society to meaningfully participate in these processes is concerning.

Despite government reforms, since the launch of the programme in May 2018, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) has documented numerous reports and complaints from residents of Uzbekistan that local authorities are forcing employees of state-funded organisations to work without pay and carry out unskilled, and often dangerous, tasks.

There is an ongoing and high risk of abuses, including evidence of state-organized mass forced labour, directly related to the Obod Qishloq programme, which this project supports. Given the plans and mitigation measures currently outlined in the World Bank’s project documents, there are challenges with the:

  • focus and dependence on regional and district hokomiyats in promoting and implementing participatory community-based development, including discretion over land use, given evidence of widespread current complicity in enabling forced labour and other violations when carrying out the Obod Qishloq programme;

  • lack of attention to capacity building for Uzbek civil society in order to enable their meaningful participation and leadership, as envisioned;

  • lack of penalties or repercussions outlined for contractors found to use forced labour under this project;

  • lack of preventive measures to address the proven inadequacy of traditional grievance reporting frameworks, such as hotlines, in reporting forced labour for fear of lack of anonymity and of reprisals; and

  • lack of specific provisions outlining how the World Bank and the AIIB will proactively create and safeguard space for community members and civil society to safely express their opinions and priorities to create qishloq development plans for sub-investments under this project, including in instances where there is disagreement with authorities, and if intimidation, threats and reprisals are reported.

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World Bank
Robert Wrobel
Senior Social Development Specialist

Implementing Agency
State Investment Committee of Uzbekistan
Shukrat Vafaev
Deputy Chairman

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