and information campaigns. As a result of this joint effort, 15 partners were attracted to implement the
project, representing the three sectors of society, such as: Archibil Hakimlik, the Institute of Desert
and Plants, the Ministry of Autotransport, several public organizations, and the business firm Allegro.
220 volunteers from 15 organizations took part in cleaning up more than 2,000 meters of foothills.
More than 3 million manat ($600) was collected for conducting the ecological actions, and more than
1,023 people of Akhal velayat schoolchildren, workers, government structures employees, students
were provided with practical information and participated in discussions and interviews on nature
protection in Turkmenistan's public park spaces.
Partnership, Coalition Building and Association Development
NGOs of Two Countries Unite Efforts
The neighboring territories of Dashoguz and Khorezm of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan respectively
are still getting used to the relatively new international border between them, which is causing a
variety of social problems. Some NGOs have had earlier cross border contact and carried out joint
work in these frontier territories, but these contacts are individual and short term in nature. There was
no steady or long term partnership of organizations to strengthen NGO influence on issues such as
ecology, women s empowerment, craftsmanship, and public health. Khorezm and Dashoguz CSSCs
organized a number of meetings between 10 Uzbek and 14 Turkmen NGOs in September 2001 and
March 2002. At these meetings the NGO representatives exchanged information on past
accomplishments and current projects, exchanged promotional materials, shared ideas on future
projects, visited offices of some NGOs, and participated in some NGO activities. As a result, several
Uzbek and Turkmen NGOs developed a basic outline of future work and agreed upon further joint
actions in the fields of ecology, female and child/youth empowerment. The Dashoguz Ecological
Club, having been invited by the NGOs Center of Ecology and Health and Ihlos, held a seminar on
Game Ecology for 30 high school teachers in Shavata city, and hosted a roundtable with local
authorities. During the roundtable, plans were made to provide this interactive training in Game
Ecology to all area biology teachers. The positive experience of teamwork of the organizations of two
countries has enabled the development of a project to run a Summer Ecological Camp for children in
August 2002 in Khorezm with joint participation from the NGOs and support from the local state
With Care of Raising Generation
The Informational Legal Center at Women Union of Turkmenabat city, is working on a project
supported by Counterpart to address youth idleness. Using knowledge in community mobilization,
they conducted a number of explanatory meetings on lawful questions, during of which they identified
the problem of teenage idleness during the summer break. To resolve this problem, they hosted a
roundtable with representatives of Hakimlik, JETA #5 (Public Utilities Department) and people living
in adjacent territory. As consequence of the meeting, participants decided to create study groups on
interests of children, for which JETA provided space and the people from the adjacent territory
cleaned and repaired the space for use by the youth. At the youth center, a volunteer trainer conducts
trainings on volleyball, badminton and football for 30 children.
Sustainable Civil Society Organizations
On the Way to Sustainability
Faced with no local organization committed to developing civil society in the Samarkand region,
Counterpart established a branch Support Center in Samarkand last year. During OD assessments it
was suggested that the Support Center register as a separate organization rather than a branch, to
facilitate working with a variety of donor organizations as well as to be independent and sustainable.
After a series of consultations, the Support Center selected 11 people as founders and jointly
developed the Charter. The Hub Center OD consultant assisted the Support Center in revising and
improving the Charter. As the result of these activities, the Support Center was able to quickly
register. Now the Support Center is working with international organizations providing services, such
as training and roundtables, for a fee.