4. Kara Balta CSSCs (KB)
The CSSC Manager K. Abraliev took part in the conference on collaboration between
governments and business in developing investment friendly policies. The conference was held in
Bishkek on May 29 30 by the consulting firm Professional Manager. The participants, among
which were representatives of foreign embassies, government officials, and international donors,
discussed improving the investment climate for stabilizing the economy and fighting poverty.
On June 7, the CSSC took part in a meeting to compiling a strategy for the town development
hosted by the Mayor's office with support of the Urban Institute. As a result, the CSSC Manager
K. Abraliev was coopted to the task force drafting the strategy.
Internal Capacity Building
The CSSC Manager K. Abraliev took part in the training entitled The Role of NGOs in Forming
a Public Opinion on Natural Resource Management held in Tashkent on May 9 16. The seminar
was organized by the USAID funded project Natural Resource Management in Central Asia. The
participants gain new skills in conducting a public campaign, organizing public polls, etc.
The CSSC Manager K. Abraliev took part in two training workshops on analytic methods, the
first stage of the series of 5 training modules being conducted by INTRAC. He is exploring the
effectiveness of the information channels available for NGOs.
In April, the Refugee Coordinator A. Kasymbekov left the organization for personal reasons.
After a series of interviews K. Shorukova (Citizenship Coordinator) was moved to the Refugee
Coordinator position, and the Volunteer A. Asipjanov was hired as the Citizenship Coordinator.
Based on the expertise gained at the country training on governance, the CSSC staff drafted an
action plan for establishing a governing body Board of Advisors.
The CSSC Refugee Coordinator K. Shorukova took part in a training seminar on the taxation of
non commercial organizations held by ICNL on May 16 17 in Issyk Kul. The participants learned
about NGO taxation and were assigned to conduct roundtables on NGO taxation in their
The CSSC Kara Balta has been delivering training workshops and consultations in Micro
Business to refugees. To date, 16 individual business applications were submitted to MCI.
The CSSC Kara Balta assisted refugee NGOs and communities in acquiring Kyrgyz citizenship.
Regular meetings with refugee NGOs were conducted to collect information for the database. To
date, the CSSC collected information about 1,726 adult refugees, of which 272 received
The Counterpart CO Coordinator N. Satarov conducted an in depth consultation on PCA for the
contract trainer of the Kara Balta CSSC on April 8.
On June 19, the CSSC hosted the roundtable titled Amendments to the Tax Code attended by
11 NGO representatives. The participants discussed the bill Amendments to the Tax Code and
sent a letter of support to the Parliament Deputies.
The CSSC assisted the refugee NGOs in designing an advocacy campaign aimed at the
simplification of the citizenship procedures for Tadjik refugees. The refugee NGOs developed a
project proposal for the Soros Foundation, whose decision is expected by mid July 2002.
5. Kerben CSSCs (KE)
The CSSC assisted local NGOs in submitting 15 projects to donors (5 projects to the Soros
Foundation, 2 to the Dutch Embassy in Astana, 1 to Regional Environmental Center, and 5 to
The CSSC meet the newly appointed Rayon Akim J. Bekbolotov on April 8 to introduce him to
the Center's activities. The problems facing local communities in implementing social
infrastructure projects were discussed, including existing legal regulations concerning the