On the 1
of June, the Third Sector, in cooperation with the Information and Education Center for
Children and Parents Education for Everybody, carried out a charitable activity for orphan children
who have eye problems. This action was dedicated to Children Protection Day.
The Third Sector also signed a contract with the Center of Volunteer Initiatives to work as partners to
carry out joint programs on developing the volunteer movement in Dushanbe and the surrounding
districts. They also worked out a strategy for achieving a set of common goals. The strategy includes
conducting a survey to assess the quality of volunteers, the extent of needs for NGOs to have
volunteers, and the training of NGOs on Volunteer Management. Within this partnership the Third
Sector and the Center of Volunteer Initiatives have already conducted a training workshop on
Effective Management of Volunteers for the leaders and volunteer managers of NGOs from Dushanbe
and surrounding districts. The Norwegian Refugee Counsel supported the workshop.
The Third Sector took an active part in preparing and conducting the Social partnership Conference
conducted in June. The Third Sector's Training Coordinator was a member of the Working Group for
conference. The Third Sector staff also updated the list of active NGOs located in Dushanbe and the
2. The Khujand CSSC (Consortium of Initiatives)
Internal Capacity Building
This quarter the Consortium of Initiatives received a grant from the UNHCR to provide assistance to
Afghan refugees in Khujand. It is expected that more than 300 Afghan refugees will receive different
kinds of assistance during the implementation of the project. The services offered by the Consortium
of Initiatives to Afghan refugees will include consultations, medical assistance, vocational trainings,
and some forms of financial assistance. In June the Consortium of Initiatives conducted a survey to
assess the social and economic status of Afghan refugees. Based on this information the Consortium
of Initiatives will identify the Afghan beneficiaries for the project.
The Consortium of Initiatives conducted 12 trainings for new NGOs and other NGOs on advanced
modules. Almost all the trainings were held in partnership with Academy for Educational
Development (AED). The representative of AED was satisfied with the quality of them and
mentioned high quality of the Consortium of Initiatives' contract trainers.
The Consortium of Initiatives and Mercy Corps, along with the local NGO, Media Group, have
developed a strategy on providing joint fee based services to NGOs, business and on government
structures. The Consortium of Initiatives also arranged a special training on Volunteer Management
for the employees of Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps paid a fee for conducting this training.
This quarter Counterpart Tajikistan's partner NGO in Khujand, the Consortium of Initiatives,
completed its Volunteer Education Program. As a result of this program, 25 have learned about civil
society and NGO management issues and they are now ready to work in NGOs. The NGO Zerkalo
conducted the last training on How to Conduct Sociological Research. After the training a number of
the volunteers joined Zerkalo as volunteers to conduct surveys on the vulnerable, the street children
and the independent mass media of Tajikistan.
In May the Consortium of Initiatives, and a number of volunteers worked with 50 children from the
Rodnichok Children's House. As a result six volunteers decided to work with the children on a regular
The Consortium of Initiatives has successfully completed the project Communities Respond to the
Challenge funded by a Counterpart Tajikistan NGO Support Grant. Under the Grant, the Consortium
of Initiatives worked with three communities in the district of Gafurov: Itorchi, Okteppa and
Olmabaroz, to assist them in identifying their problems and mobilize them for addressing those