Dialogue forums with Islamic stakeholders in Tajikistan

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Tajikistan’s socialist state-directed economy is slowly transforming into a capitalist market economy. The World Bank rated it as a low income country that struggles with corruption, a weak education sector, poverty, increasing numbers of its civil society members alienated from the state, and an increasingly radical Islamism.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit’s (GTZ) programme office for intercultural cooperation with predominantly Islamic countries supports the inclusion of religious stakeholders from various countries in social dialogue and reform processes. In this context, the programme office conducted the Tajikistan – State and Civil Society in Dialogue project, which included three dialogue forums dealing with education, economy, migration and employment. The aim of the project was to facilitate a sustainable dialogue, bringing various stakeholders from civil society, politics and the economy together to discuss relevant societal and political issues. Against the background of the Maghreb dialogues, adelphi also put together the programme report.