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.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Employment & economic development
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Employment creation
Environmental policy
01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026
CHF  3’600’000
Background Resilient habitats and improved livelihoods through reduced vulnerability and strengthened disaster risk governance.
Objectives 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.
Target groups 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.
Medium-term outcomes
  • 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.

Expected results:   Over the course of four years, the project will cover about 135,000 women and men.

Results from previous phases:  

  • 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.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
  • Agha Khan Foundation
  • Foreign private sector South/East

Coordination with other projects and actors 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 Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’600’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’975’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    7’100’000
Project phases Phase 1 01.09.2022 - 31.08.2026   (Current phase)