E. FOCUS/TARGET NGO OVERVIEW
1. Confederation of Non Governmental Organizations of Kazakhstan (CNOK)
As a member of the National Committee on family and women issues under the President of the
Republic of Kazakhstan, Valentina Sivryukova, a President of the Confederation, became a
member of the judges to select the best businesswoman among seven nominees. As a result of the
contest, the best acknowledged business leader was Ekaterina Balgabaeva, an Executive Director
of the Union of Women of Ural region Umit.
April 7 14, Valentina Sevryukova visited Great Britain to participate in a partners' session on the
realization of women's social and economic rights project.
CNOK began conceptual development of its Program of State Support of NGOs for the Ministry
of Culture, Information and Public Accord. Representatives of the state Ministries, NGOs and
donor agencies formed an action group and conducted the first staff meeting on April 12.
Kazakhstan's delegation of the state officials visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg to share their
expertise in social partnership. The delegation included five state officials and two NGO
associates (The President and Vice President of the Confederation). The visit included meetings
with Moscow Government, Saint Petersburg Administration, the deputies of the State Duma and
Legislative Council of Saint Petersburg and key persons from Russia's NGOs. The visit was
expected to be an essential factor in the realization of the Program of State Support of NGOs,
adopted by the Kazakhstan's Government on January 23, 2002.
In April and May, the NGO participated in an active group of the Kazakhstan's Parliament by
designing a public audition on education system development in Kazakhstan. The Confederation
ensured a participation of a number of NGOs in the Public Hearing on May 24.
CNOK became a member of the Parliament's action group on the draft law On State Social
Procurement. Counterpart Kazakhstan summarized data and proposed conceptual adjustments to
The Confederation extends its relations with other regional NGOs of Kazakhstan through
discussions on conducting social partnership seminars in the oblast centers. The project received
support from the Eurasia Foundation. The concerted action resulted in the creation of Cooperation
Councils under regional Akimats of South Kazakhstan, Kzyl Orda, Kostanai, West Kazakhstan
and Pavlodar oblasts.
For the Asian Development Bank's project on salt and meal enrichment with micronutrients,
CNOK created a NGO system to provide communications assistance to the project, performed by
Ministry of Health of Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
On May 28, the NGO organized a presentation, performed by the Center for Disabled Children
Kenes in Ministry of Labor and People's Social Protection. The event revealed the center's high
professionalism in work with disabled children.
Internal Capacity Building
In international relations, the Confederation cooperates with the State of Arizona in information
exchange and data on social partnership. This collaboration was launched in December 2000.
The NGO established contacts with the oil company Adjip , a general operator in Caspian shelf.
The CNOK's President was invited to the head office in Hague, Holland, to discuss the ways of
cooperation with local population in Caspian region. As a result, on the 11
of June, the public
audition was held in Atyrau to consider taking a land for building of Ajip's gas processing plant.
In May June, CNOK employees participated in six training seminars and four conferences,
including Students Against Drugs . Civil Society Development , The NGO Role in
Democratization Process in the Society in the light of Development Strategy of Kazakhstan
2030 , and Monitoring of Life Standards in Kazakhstan .