Adaptive and Resilient Communities in their Habitat (ARCH)

The project aims at supporting the remote mountainous communities of Pamirs and authorities in developing resilient habitat and improving people's livelihoods in Tajikistan. This will be achieved through reducing vulnerabilities to natural hazards while strengthening participative disaster risk governance as well as joint definition and implementation of relevant risk reduction measures.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Changement climatique & environnement
Emploi & développement économique
Réduction des risques de catastrophes
Création d'emplois
Politique de l’environnement
01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026
CHF  3’600’000
Contexte Resilient habitats and improved livelihoods through reduced vulnerability and strengthened disaster risk governance.
Objectifs For the past ten years, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, with the continuous support of the Government of Switzerland and other donors, has implemented several resilience-building initiatives of which disaster risk management was a significant component. The works were undertaken to understand hazard risks, improve institutional and local disaster preparedness, strengthen government and community’ disaster response capabilities and consolidate disaster-related knowledge. These efforts complemented national and communities’ efforts in successfully managing disaster risks,safeguarding lives and livelihoods, and enabling more sustainable investment in economic and social development initiatives.
Groupes cibles Close collaboration with other SDC-funded DRR Program partners (Caritas Switzerland, University of Fribourg, Helvetas Consortium) as well as with other Swiss (SDC and SECO) - and other donor funded projects in the project area.
Effets à moyen terme
  • The Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team (REACT) for a participation and capacity are strengthened at the regional and district level by supporting the regional and district Governments to address natural hazards;  State partners capacitated in risk-informed habitat planning based on the remote hazard and climate change adaptation planning;
  • Knowledge, best practices and learnings on resilience, DRR, and natural hazards generated and disseminated among the stakeholders;
  • Resiliency best practices and learnings incorporated into annual and operational planning (resilient village and district development planning);
  • Strengthened cooperation between the stakeholders in delivery of the rural resiliency initiatives through Learning by Doing in the context of Rural Resilience Infrastructure and community response capacity.

Principaux résultats attendus:   Over the course of four years, the project will cover about 135,000 women and men.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • Outcome 1: Authorities manage disaster risks effectively and in a participatory manner.
  • Outcome 2: Government structures at all levels (national, oblast, district, jamoat) systematically incorporate disaster risk aspects into their development planning and budgeting;
  • Outcome 3: Communities and authorities design and implement effective disaster risk reduction measures.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
  • Agha Khan Foundation
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs Committee of Emergency Situations, Head Department of Geology, Committee for Environment Protection, Hydromet, GBAO provincial and district authorities, civil society organizations, small and medium enterprises, UCA/MSRI, UNIBE, University of Fribourg.
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    3’600’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’975’000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    7’100’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026   (Phase en cours)