Three Community Action Grants (CAG) were developed and submitted to Counterpart.
Fidokor's Credit Portfolio has increased from $4,500 to 5,800.
4. The Khorog CSSC (Kalam)
This quarter Kalam conducted 7 training workshops for NGOs in Gorno Badakhshan with funding
from Counterpart Tajikistan and the Academy of Educational Development (AED). All the training
workshops were arranged based on the needs of local NGOs in the region. NGOs located in very
remote districts were invited to Khorog to participate in the training workshops. The training topics
NGO and Community
The representative of AED who monitored the trainings was satisfied with the quality of the training
workshops. In addition, Kalam and a representative from ICNL conducted a seminar on International
Standards of Non Commercial Legislation and its Application in Tajikistan.
Internal Capacity Building
The Director of Counterpart's partner NGO in Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan (GABO), Kalam, and two
contract trainers participated in the seminar Effective NGO Governance conducted by the Hub Center.
Kalam received this training's module from the Hub Center and is now able to conduct this training
for other NGOs in Badakhshan.
Kalam is continuing to provide copying services for a fee as a part of the Civil Society Support
Center's financial sustainability strategy. Kalam now is looking for a separate room for copying, since
the clients are increasing.
Kalam has received a grant from the Democracy Fund, US State Department for $6,083 for a project
that is aimed at helping the former Tajik opposition fighters from GBAO to handover their arms on a
voluntary basis. Kalam will carry out six roundtables and twelve informal meetings with leaders and
former field commanders from all six communities of Khorog. The purpose of the meeting is to
jointly develop a mechanism for the former combatants to voluntary hand over their weapons. They
will also conduct 6 two day workshops on Conflict Resolution with participation of 108 leaders of
different young groups as well as 12 three day trainings (6 on Project Design and 6 on Small Business
Development) for a total of 240 former opposition combatants. Kalam will organize a media
campaign on the issue as well. Kalam will involve the local law enforcement agencies in the
implementation of the project: these agencies will help Kalam in the establishment of Centers for
Voluntary Disarmament in all communities of Khorog.
Kalam initiated a Civil Forum in the city of Khorog with the participation of MSDSP Agha Khan
Foundation, trade unions, a number of political parties and NGOs from all over Gorno Badakhshan.
The goal of the Forum was to establish a partnership between the local government, NGOs, political
parties and religious leaders for the social and economic development of the GBAO. In order to
coordinate and promote cooperation between all the stakeholders an Advisory Counsel was formed
during the Forum. The Advisory Counsel consists of representatives from the government, political
parties, NGOs and religious leaders. The leader of Kalam was also elected as a member of the