Social Partnership 
Crisis Center Source Unites NGOs and Government to Save Kids  
The number of homeless children in Samarkand has been growing, with unofficial data showing more 
than 300 street children. The present governmental system in charge of these children has grown out 
of date and is inefficient. The Crisis Center Source with a target group of 75 children has been 
working with homeless children for four years. Counterpart s CSSC in Samarkand helped Source 
develop an advocacy campaign to increase public awareness of the problems and find partners to 
address the problem. The second phase of the advocacy campaign   a conference   was held in May. 
Source, in collaboration with the CSSC and Counterpart's focus grantee Interregional Rehabilitation 
Center  Umid, conducted the event with and for homeless children. Event activities included a 
roundtable discussion of 14 NGOs and 15 government representatives, which resulted in a joint 
program of action. As such, the Temir Yul district's Khokim will provide space for the Center; militia 
officers will provide legal protection for children; Trust Center Sabr and Association of Sociologists 
and Psychologists will conduct psychological trainings; nad the School for Gifted Children will 
educate these children. Samarkand region's Ombudsman has become the Source's principal partner 
and will support them in every possible way with its business and government contacts.  
Representatives of the Three Sectors Meet for the First Time  
It has been difficult to promote concepts such as social partnership in the remote Navoiy Region. In 
the year 2000 there were only five NGOs operating in the region. Local authorities and governmental 
institutions had a understanding of NGOs. Counterpart's Bukhara CSSC intensified its activity in the 
Navoiy region, organizing regular trainings, meetings, roundtable discussions and presentations of 
Counterpart's programs. This fostered the creation of seven new NGOs and promoted the work of 
initiative groups. In April the Center hosted an NGO Fair focusing on social partnership. The Fair was 
used as a mechanism for NGOs to establish contacts and develop partnerships with governmental and 
business structures. Seventeen NGOs, and 35 representatives of local administrative bodies, 
governmental institutions, mahalla committees and mass media took part in this event, initiated by the 
Center for Social Adaptation and held with technical and consultative support from Bukhara CSSC. It 
was the first time that the representatives of the society's three sectors met face to face. The parties 
agreed to meet once every quarter to discuss ways to support third sector development and develop 
joint projects to address problems in the region. 
Advocacy 
Uzbek NGO Protects Ecological Rights in Court 
It is quite often that the state bodies do damage to the environment without any consequences. For 
example, a collector to remove wastewater from fields of the Amu Darya was dug through the 
territory of the Karakalpakstan National Park Badai Tugai. This collector has led to vanishing rare 
kinds of flora and fauna and affected the drinking water to communities that live downstream. Also, 
the legislation prohibiting any economic activities on the territories of national parks has been 
breached.  The Aral Sea and Amu Darya Protection Union has submitted to the economic court a 
claim for infringement of ecological rights of Karakalpaks against the Ministry of Rural and Water 
Management of Karakalpakstan. The NGO conducted an ecological examination in which experts 
from the State Committee on Nature Protection confirmed the negative impact of the collector on the 
environment. Four hearings have been held, but still the courts have decided in favor of the Ministry, 
citing two reasons: 1) the NGO is not entitled to bring the action against the Ministry and 2) putting 
the collector outside the Park will cause essential damage to the economic activities of Juzhnoaralsk 
Region of Karakalpakstan. The Protection Union is going to appeal this decision. While this issue will 
likely be held up in courts for a long time, the precedent has been set for an NGO to be the petitioner 
in judiciary practice. This has been a resounding movement among the public of Karakalpakstan. The 
court hearing has shown the role of NGOs for solving regional problems. The Protection Union has 
been a target NGO of Counterpart, receiving consultations and participating in all seminars, including 
Advocacy. 
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