delays were attributed to problems with the power supply authorities and the difficulty the
communities faced in purchasing some of the materials based on the initial budget.
As part of Counterpart Tajikistan's strategy of applying lessons learned to the program, in the future
program staff will factor in some of the budgetary problems that several of the communities have
faced when reviewing future CAGs proposals.
In April, Counterpart Tajikistan extended the Partnership Agreement with all the CSSCs until the end
of March 2003. Counterpart, in consultation with the CSSCs, developed a new budget for each CSSC
and approved it. Two CSSC Network meetings were held during this quarter.
In June, Counterpart Tajikistan conducted a special session on Fundraising with the representatives of
all the CSSCs. Sanavbar Imomnazarova, a contract trainer who participated in the Advanced
Fundraising TOT in Almaty, facilitated the workshop. A practical session was held to identify further
steps for fundraising activity. As a result of the discussions all the participants agreed to take further
steps on to develop fundraising plans and to develop a fundraising work plan for the Network for the
remaining period of the Phase III Program.
At the same meeting members of the CSSC Network discussed the Charter of the future Network.
Staff members from the Hub Center and the CSSCs finalized the mission of the Network, which is:
Promoting the sustainability of the CSSCs by combining efforts and exchanging experiences and
information in order to develop civil society in Tajikistan. During the meeting the participants also
decided to create a Coordination Counsel, which includes the CSSC Directors, Deputy Directors and
Program Staff members from the Hub Center. The Coordination Counsel will coordinate the activities
of the Network until the By laws, the Network structure, and a governing body have been established.
During this quarter, the Hub Center solicited proposals for a CSSC institutional grant in Balkan
velayat. The team, consisting of the Program Manager, Organizational Development and Community
Outreach Coordinator, conducted organizational assessments of four NGOs, who submitted a letter of
interest in reply to our solicitation. The assessments revealed that none of the organizations were
strong enough to be partners so Counterpart will be establishing a Center. As such, we have
postponed the opening of a branch office in Turkmenbashy city to allow for time to hire and train new
staff and undergo the rigorous and time consuming process of getting permission from the local
government to set up a branch office. In the interim, Counterpart will continue to provide services,
such as basic organizational development trainings and roundtables in topics such as Social
Partnership, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, and NGO Networking, in Balkan velayat
through existing NGO groups.
Visits by the Regional and Counterpart International Support Personnel
Senior Vise President of Counterpart International Arlene Lear and Regional Program Manager
Ara Nazinyan visited Turkmenistan. During their visit they met with USAID Turkmenistan
Country Representative Bradford Camp, US Ambassador in Turkmenistan L. Kennedy and the
Advisor to the EU's TACIS Program Michael Wilson to discuss Counterpart's current program
and opportunities for cooperation beyond March 2003.
The Regional Training and Community Outreach Coordinators Ulzhan Kanzhygalina and
Raushan Amanzhanova visited Turkmenistan to monitor the training and community outreach
Regional Finance Director Bob Abma, Deputy Finance Director Yana Dobranravova visited
Turkmenistan to monitor the grant program implementation in Turkmenistan.