A mother measures the height of her child as part of the Healthy Families campaign. The project has touched the lives of 28,000 mothers and their young children through trainings and outreach to new moms. Credit: USAID Quality Health Care Project
Participants at a USAID-supported counter-trafficking seminar learn how to raise awareness about child trafficking and provide support on how to avoid trafficking problems. Credit: International Organization for Migration
USAID and Chevron Nebitgaz—through the international organization Junior Achievement Worldwide—help Turkmenistan’s young people succeed by providing them knowledge in economics, entrepreneurship, and tourism. Credit: Junior Achievement
Strategically located in a challenging and important part of the world, Turkmenistan plays a key role in promoting integration between South and Central Asia. The country shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran, and its large hydrocarbon reserves make it a potentially pivotal supplier for regional and world markets. Turkmenistan is emerging from decades of authoritarianism and is re-engaging with the region and the world.
Turkmenistan has demonstrated a commitment to economic and governance reforms, and has expressed interest in adopting international standards. Nevertheless, years of centralized control has taken its toll: the country’s civic enfranchisement and engagement are nascent, and non-governmental organizations still face difficult registration rules and firm control that stifles civil society.
USAID works with the people and government of Turkmenistan to enhance democracy and economic growth, and to promote greater integration between South and Central Asia. USAID sees an important opportunity to encourage Turkmenistan in its efforts to foster a more open and integrated society, contributing to stability in a region where democratic governance largely remains a work-in-progress.
Last updated: June 06, 2013