11. Talas CSSCs (TL)
The CSSC met with Mr. B. Trepanier, Consultant of the Kyrgyz Swiss Agricultural Program, and
he recommended conducting two training workshops on financial sustainability and NGO
governance for their staff and local farmers councils.
After the CSSC disseminated information about new programs of Canadian Embassy and OSI, 9
NGOs are developing funding proposals to be submitted to these donors.
On April 11 12, The Manager K. Khasanova and the Assistant C. Tynalieva took part in the
conference by OSCE, devoted to interethnic relations in the context of Central Asia, and the role
of NGOs in preventing potential conflict and fighting the roots of terrorism.
The CSSC Manager G. Temirbekova met with the staff of UNDP Program Poverty Reduction 2
and discussed providing training seminars for associations of self help groups on a contractual
Internal Capacity Building
The CSSC volunteers began providing services to clients (consultations in land reform and project
design, information support, etc). Both international organizations and local NGOs started
recruiting volunteers through the CSSC.
The Volunteer M. Kim took part in a seminar on financial accountability conducted by the Union
of Bookkeepers and Auditors on April 15 30 in Talas.
The CSSC created a Web Site covering its activities.
The CSSC Bookkeper B. Momunbekov took part in the seminar titled Attracting Investments
held in Talas on May 3 by the consulting firm Professional Manager. The participants got new
skills in investment policies for boosting local economies.
The CSSC gained experience in conducting sociological surveys while helping SIAR (Bishkek)
conduct surveys in Talas Oblast. The new expertise would allow the CSSC to launch new service
The CSSC Assistant T. Asranov took part in two training workshops on analytic methods being
conducted by INTRAC.
The governance and organization structure of the CSSC was revised to better meet to the needs of
the organization. A new Board of Directors was elected, and the CSSC designed a plan for
building skills of the Board members.
This quarter, the CSSC was focusing on establishing experience exchange between target
communities, based on Kyrgyz traditional contest Yr Kese, when each participant takes part in
actions like hosting meetings of different communities.
The CSSC continues publishing the newsletter One Hundred Questions and Answers on Land
Issues, which covers specific topics raised by the local population. The CSSC volunteers, who
took part in the training seminars by Chemonix, are preparing the newsletter.
The CSSC formed the LCG, consisting of 7 people representing NGOs, governments and
international organizations. All of them were oriented in project assessment criteria. The first
grant review meeting was held on May 22, where 5 projects were reviewed, of which 3 were
The CSSC assisted 5 target communities that received CAGs to ensure financial accountability
and strengthen the oversight by communities on the projects implementation. In order to do so,
the CSSC conducted training on NGO governance and provided consultations to the grantees that
resulted in the formation of functional auditing commissions.
The CSSCs took a leading role in conducting a nationwide advocacy campaign aimed at revoking
the Government Decree #20. The CSSC created on line discussions and voting regarding the