The security situation on the Tajik Afghan boarder and in Northern Afghanistan has deteriorated this
quarter. A number of Afghans have been captured or killed by the Russian border guards for trying to
bring heroin into Tajikistan and some Tajik border guards have been wounded. In the area in and
around Mazar Sharif, a city located directly south of Uzbekistan in Northern Afghanistan, three NGOs
were robbed and one expatriate NGO worker was raped. In addition, two local staff members of
Mercy Corp were shot and wounded in the town of Rustaq. The international NGO community has
appealed to the UN to expand the international peace keeping forces to Northern Afghanistan.
The overall security situation in most of Tajikistan and Dushanbe seems to be good, but a major
typhoid outbreak has occurred in both Dushanbe and southern Tajikistan.
Staff Changes in Hub Center
Barno Gaibullaeva, the Community Outreach Coordinator, resigned after six years at Counterpart
Tajikistan to work for UNICEF. Counterpart has appointed Lola Nazarova as the Acting Community
Outreach Coordinator. Ms. Nazarova did an outstanding job as the Community Reconciliation and
Development Coordinator and has experience working on community mobilization activities. The
assignment is temporary because she is scheduled to be the Project Coordinator of ABT s Zdravplus
starting in September. The search for a full time CO Coordinator continues.
Farishtamo Ofaridaeva, the Training Coordinator, has also resigned from her position upon
completing her probation period. Counterpart has appointed Shoira Zuhurova as the new Training
Coordinator. Mrs. Zuhurova formerly worked as the Secretary for Counterpart Tajikistan before
joining the World Bank. She has a good understanding of the civil society issues and the overall work
Regional Consultants Visit Tajikistan
Arlene Lear, Senior Vice President at Counterpart International, and Jay Cooper, the Regional
Director, visited the Tajikistan office this quarter. They met with the staff members and visited the
Kurghon Teppa and Dushanbe Civil Society Support Centers and the community projects in the
The Regional Financial Director, Bob Abma, visited Counterpart Tajikistan to work with the
Financial Officer and the Country Director on spending plans. He also consulted with the Grant
Coordinator and Grant Coordinator Assistant and gave recommendations and comments on how to
improve the grant filing process and the monitoring of grants.
USAID, The Office of Democracy and Mass Media, has awarded Counterpart Tajikistan additional
grant funds for use under the Phase III Program in the amount of $250,000. These funds have been
budgeted for use under Counterpart's Institutional, NGO Support and Community Action Grants
programs. Counterpart developed a plan for using the funds and completing the entire process by the
end of the Phase III Program. It is anticipated that the NGO Support and Community Action Grants
will be administered through the CSSCs. The Country Director and the Program Staff introduced and
explained the strategy to the CSSCs in the last Network's meeting. Grant funds will be distributed in
the following way: CSSCs for projects that focus on sustainability; target NGOs that have not
received a grant from Counterpart under Phase III; non target NGOs working with community
development projects; Youth NGOs; and CSSCs for communities that have developed Community
Action Plans and have applied for support.