date, 709 refugees have been granted Kyrgyzstani citizenship and 237 refugees received
certificates removing their Tajikistani citizenship.
The CSSCs of Kant, Kara Balta, Nookat and Batken announced a small grant program on April
22 and disseminated the guidelines and application forms to registered refugee NGOs. The board,
consisting of authorized representatives of UNHCR, Counterpart Consortium and Legal Clinic,
conditionally approved seven grants, totaling 889,165 soms. In addition to the $11,000 allocated
in the current budget, the NRC earmarked $8,000 to support NGOs Chuy Murgab, Meken Kalka
and Miloserdie Yntymak, and allocated $4,800 for the Resource Center in Bishkek. All grant
contracts are expected to be finalized and signed in July 2002.
During the quarter the third round of OD re assessment for the health program was completed.
The target Health NGOs have been progressing in building their capacity, for example, all have
successfully recruited volunteers, Geneco and Tcirina even formed teams of volunteers. Sanitas
partnered with a Dutch NGO and received a grant of 5,000. The Club of Hypertensives and the
Hospital Association significantly increased their membership. The Hospital Association became
a member of World Hospital Association. Geneco and Tcirina developed one micro insurance
project jointly. Family Group Practitioners Association Organization established a partnership
with the global association WONCA.
Counterpart, as a partner organization, provided feedback and shared comments on the inception
report of the project Rural Hygiene and Sanitation Project, funded by DFID and implemented by
WS Atkins it stressed the importance of mobilizing and involving communities in project
locations, as a way of ensuring the sustainability of the project results.
Counterpart together with Counterpart Germany developed and submitted a project to the EC
(Budget Line B7 520) to increase the income of 80 households headed by youth and women in
6 pilot rural communities of Batken and Chuy Oblasts of Kyrgyzstan through enhancing local
employment and self employment opportunities.
Mr. Richard Cox, the Director of Counterpart Europe, visited on June 17 19, to familiarize
himself with Counterpart's activities in Kyrgyzstan. He helped develop the log frame for a project
aimed at assisting ethnic relations NGOs. This partnership project is expected to be drafted and
submitted to the EC by July 29, 2002.
The CO Coordinator N. Satarov participated in the Conference on Community Driven
Development, sponsored by World Bank and held in Tirana (Albania) on May 25 31, 2002.
Counterpart continues to host a monthly Donor Organizations meeting. The representatives of
MCI, Eurasia Foundation, Democracy Fund, WFP, OSCE and ABA all participate in the meetings
on a regular basis. Besides sharing grant and donor information the agencies agreed to establish a
donor database, which was completed and then checked for accuracy.
The Country Director attended a dinner with US Ambassador Bill Taylor, Coordinator of US
Government Assistance to the CIS and Europe. The Director spoke about Counterpart's priority
programs and gave the example of CRD as a successful way to bring economic and political
reform to local communities.
The Country Director attended a Micro credit meeting hosted by the Aga Khan Foundation. The
meeting included both local and international NGOs, and representatives from the Tax
Committee. The head of one of our target local NGOs, Nassim Ghafforov of The Development
Fund, chaired the meeting.
The Country Director was invited to an NGO roundtable discussion with James Wolfenshon,
President of the World Bank, and was asked to give the opening remarks on the development of
civil society in Tajikistan and how the World Bank can work through NGOs. He also briefed
Wolfenshon on Counterpart's Poverty Assessment Report done in cooperation with ADB.