Community Outreach 
Kalam is continuing a project funded by Counterpart Tajikistan to assist the communities of 
Abdulloev, Tirchid and Khufak to help them identify and solve their problems. As a result of Kalam's 
community mobilization activities to develop Community Action Plans two of the communities, 
Tirchid and Khufak, received Community Action Grants from Counterpart Tajikistan. Kalam 
negotiated with MSDSP Aga  Khan Foundation and the WFP to provide additional support to the 
communities funded by the Counterpart grant. Both organizations expressed interest in cooperating 
with Kalam and Counterpart in supporting other community development projects.  
This quarter the local NGO Tashrif recruited one volunteer who was trained by Kalam.   
5. The Kulob CSSC (Shahrvand) 
Activity Overview 
This quarter the Shahrvand conducted 8 training workshops on the following topics:  
    
NGO and Community 
    
Problem Identification 
    
Project Design 
    
Financial Sustainability 
    
Social Partnership 
    
Constituency Building 
    
Facilitation Skills 
    
Effective Governance 
Shahrvand also provided 3 two day training workshops on gender issues for local NGOs targeted by 
Save the Children  US on a fee basis. 
Internal Capacity Building 
The Kulob Civil Society Support Center, which was registered last quarter as a local NGO, 
Shahrvand, is planning to establish a governing body in the form of Advisory Board. In order to move 
ahead with the process the members of Shahrvand met with a number of potential Advisory Board 
candidates. Among them there are: the Head of Kulob Mayor's Office, the Correspondent of the 
national newspaper Asia Plus, the Manager of the International Organization Children Aid Direct and 
a businessman. Almost all expressed interest in being on the Board, some of them asked additional 
information about Shahrvand and its activities. Shahrvand is planning to conduct the first meeting of 
the Advisory Board in July. 
This quarter Shahrvand conducted a special session to revise the strategic plan of the Kulob Civil 
Society Support Center. All the members of Shahrvand actively participated in the session and as a 
result of the session several important changes were made and amendments were included to the 
Center's strategic plan. 
In May Shahrvand conducted a survey among the local NGOs on the services provided by the Civil 
Society Support Center in accordance to Phase III Program. Based on the survey a plan was 
developed to improve the quality of some services to NGOs. In particular, the plans calls for:     
    
Meeting with the training participants after each training to receive feedback. 
    
Selecting volunteers for Shahrvand based on their qualifications 
    
Developing a plan to cover the NGOs located in the remote districts of the Kulob region 
    
Providing new and updated information for NGOs.  
Shahrvand has developed an action plan on community mobilization for the period of April 2002 to 
April 2003. It has also developed for the first time its action plan on advocacy for the same period. 
When developing the action plans staff members from Shahrvand consulted with staff members from 
the Khorog and Khujand Civil Society Support Centers.  
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