Europe and Central Asia


Integrated Policy

The UN Joint Programme on Strengthening Social Protection in Uzbekistan

The programme brief description

At present, while Uzbekistan invests a relatively large proportion of its GDP in social protection, there are significant challenges with the design and implementation of the system, which means that there are large gaps in coverage among key vulnerable categories of the population as well as relatively low coverage of the poorest households.

Over the past decade, Uzbekistan has seen a shift in responsibility for social protection responsibilities from the state to employers, families – in effect women – and individuals.

However, the Government is undertaking a series of ambitious socio-economic reforms and it is essential that a strong social protection system is in place to ensure that those negatively affected by reform are protected and no-one is left behind.

The Joint Programme will provide a mix of capacity building, policy dialogue and technical assistance, aimed at building an integrated social protection system at institutional, policy and operational levels. 


The programme will support the Government, civil society and other national partners in:

  • Establishing a dedicated institution that will provide leadership and coordination to the social protection sector, as well as being responsible for overseeing the delivery of social protection schemes;
  • Designing of an integrated and costed long term national social protection strategy built on evidence and developed through wide multi-stakeholder consultations and citizen engagement;
  • Piloting the introduction of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) in the assessment of disability and enabling greater access of persons with disabilities to social protection and promote their full inclusion into different aspects of social life.

Target groups

Children, low-income families, people with disabilities, older people without access to pensions, and young people not in education employment or training (NEET).


Quick facts

Total budget:
US $ 2,000,000

UN Agencies:


National Partners:
  • Cabinet of Ministers
  • Legislative Chamber and Senate of Parliament
  • General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction,
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry for support of mahalla and family of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Republican Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (RCSAC)
  • Agency for Youth Affairs

January 1, 2020 to February 28, 2022 (26 months)

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