The Counterpart Tajikistan staff updated the NGO Support Grants Guidelines and distributed it to the
NGOs through the CSSCs. To date, thirty five NGOs from all over Tajikistan have submitted
proposals to Counterpart for NGO Support Grants. Also, a Grant Review Committee, consisting of
representatives from USAID, Mercy Corps, AED, Swiss Development Corporation and other
international organizations, has been formed to review the NGO Support Grants. The first Grant
Review Committee meeting will be held in July to review the proposals.
Elena Mamadnazarova, the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, participated in the regional
training workshop Basic Organizational Development.
Nargis Azizova, the Grant Coordinator, and Elena Mamadnazorova, the Monitoring and
Evaluation Coordinator attended the Community Outreach Workshop in Almaty.
Counterpart Tajikistan Deputy Director, Farhod Bokiev, and the Director of the Dushanbe CSSC,
Temursho Imatshoev, participated in the regional Advanced Fundraising Workshop in Almaty.
Lola Nazarova, the Community Outreach Coordinator, and Counterpart's Contract Trainer,
Nodira Rahmonberdieva, took part in the regional Advanced Social Partnership training workshop
Lola Asrorova, the Financial Officer, participated in a two week training on auditing conducted
by PRAGMA. The training was designed to introduce international auditing principles to
Counterpart's Grant Coordinator, Nargis Azizova, visited the Counterpart Uzbekistan office for
training. She met with the Counterpart Uzbekistan's Grant Manager regarding grant filing,
reporting and other issues related to grant administration. She also met with the Community
Outreach Coordinator to discuss the localization of the Grant Review Committees and to discus
grants monitoring. Ms. Azizova also attended a Conference on social partnership organized by the
Counterpart Uzbekistan office.
Zaro Kurbanbekova, the OD Coordinator and Elena Mamadnazarova, the Monitoring and
Evaluation Coordinator, helped to coordinate and participated in a three week workshop on
leadership training conducted by Oregon State University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Counterpart Tajikistan completed a series of training workshops for new NGOs in cooperation with
the Academy for Educational Development (AED), with funding provided by USAID. Counterpart
Tajikistan and AED also worked together to provide another series of trainings for advanced NGOs.
The goal of the training series was to develop the organizational capacity of advanced NGOs.
Participants attended training seminars on social partnership, constituency building, facilitation skills,
governance, volunteer management, advocacy, fundraising NGO taxation, PCA and participatory
monitoring and evaluation. About 26 workshops were conducted by the CSSCs in all regions of
Tajikistan. Approximately 446 participants from over 404 NGOs participated in trainings.
Social Partnership Conference
Counterpart and the Academy of Educational Development, working in partnership with the Office of
the President and USAID, conducted a national conference on social partnership for sustainable
development on June 21, 2002 in the capital city of Dushanbe. The President of the Republic of
Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmonov, met with the 90 representatives of local NGOs for more then three
hours during the morning session. President Rahmonov gave the opening speech highlighting the role
of local NGOs as important partners in building civil society in Tajikistan. This was the first time
social partnership has been seen as a priority by the Government of Tajikistan.
Seven representatives from various local NGOs had an opportunity to present short speeches
concerning the role of local NGOs in solving social and economic problems. They also addressed
some of the difficulties and obstacles they are currently facing in the social and political environment.
The speeches laid the groundwork for afternoon group discussions on ways in which the government,