The project Livelihood Improvement in Tajik—Afghan Cross Border Areas (LITACA) is the first socio-economic development project between the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Tajikistan executed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) —Tajikistan Office in Tajik side and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Afghan side. The project is funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The duration of the project is from (March 2014 to February 2017) and covers three districts of Hazrat Imam Saheb in Kunduz province and Dasht-e-Qala & Yang-e-Qala districts in Takhar province in Afghan side.
Building on the achievements of previous programmes and initiatives funded by the Government of Japan and JICA, UNDP Tajikistan is proposing a 3-year initiative to promote stability and security in the bordering provinces of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. This will be achieved by reducing poverty, supporting economic development and cross-border collaboration among the communities along the Tajik-Afghan border. More than 152,976 people will directly benefit from LITACA project while the livelihoods of more than 1,123,000 people living in target bordering communities will be strengthened. The project will offer capacity development opportunities for the local governments, civil society and private sector organizations to sustainably manage local socio-economic development. As well, the project will offer investments for rehabilitating priority infrastructure initiatives and business development as a means of improving livelihoods of the target population, and thereby promoting stability and security in the region that is much needed in view of the withdrawal of ISAF from Afghanistan in 2014, among other factors.
In the framework of the project LITACA, new innovative models, such as One Village One Product (OVOP) is piloted in Yang-e-Qala district of Takhar province, to combine individual efforts of local producers into a single driving force - One Village One Product Association - aimed at economic development and solving the problem of unemployment in the rural areas by enhancing the quality of local agricultural and non-agricultural goods, developing a marketing strategy, and thus making their small businesses self-sufficient and sustainable.