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Asia and Central Asia are crucial European Union partners – economically, politically and culturally. The region accounts for more than half of the world’s population, a quarter of global economic wealth and contains key energy resources. Poverty remains a significant challenge as the region is still home to two-thirds of the world’s poorest people. These pages reflect the main work we are undertaking in each country, and also at a regional level, on sustainable development.

Other challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, avian flu and illegal trade exist in many countries and have now developed into regional issues.


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  • Addressing the needs of the very vulnerable children and youth in five provinces of Afghanistan
    With more than 50% of the population under the age of 18, many Afghan lives have been shaped more by war than by stability and peace. This project aims at developing models of good social protection services for vulnerable children.

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  • An eco-friendly cultural heritage product in Indonesia and Malaysia
    Despite its cultural and local economic significance, batik production has a major impact on the environment, due mainly to the use of natural resources and chemical dies. the Clean Batik Initiative aims to achieve a cleaner production of batik.

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  • Reaching the Unreached in Odisha, India
    Sahyog aims to strengthen health systems to reduce the vulnerability of tribal communities to Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The project is being implemented in the districts of Odisha covering a tribal population of 1 300 000.

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  • A place for disability issues in the public health system of Gujarat, India
    The project helps health practitioners identify persons with disabilities and guide them towards public medical rehabilitation facilities. Health practitioners gain knowledge and the healthcare infrastructure is improved for people with disabilities.

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  • Planting seeds for a brighter tomorrow in Afghanistan
    Lack of access to quality planting material, poor post harvest handling facilities and outdated cultivation methods have resulted in poor yields. The EU funded project aims at addressing some of these issues.

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