Media, Government and Business Relations are Key
While a strong organization, the Qostanai branch of the Korean Association of Kazakhstan lacked
skills and experience in social partnership with local state bodies and business structures. Assistance
by the CSSC enabled the Association establish contacts with local officials, businessmen, and leaders
of other youth organizations. Using skills developed through Counterpart trainings at the CSSC, the
Association launched a multi faceted public awareness campaign to educate the public about the
problems of youth and to market the Association. The campaign included the following activities,
conducted in close cooperation with local government, universities, and media:
The art contest Children Against Terror with participation of over 100 children
A Martial Arts Festival with the Kazakh Minister of Tourism & Sports as an official guest
As a result, the NGO has gained visibility and was noted as the only ethno cultural center among the
participants of the Social Fair held in Qostanai in April.
Mission on Human Rights Proves NGOs are Good Resources for Government
Historically NGO and government dialogue has been initiated by NGOs, with state bodies unaware of
the capacity of NGOs to build constituencies. Rarely are NGOs actively involved in concerted actions
of the state. The public organization Mission on Human Rights, trained in Social Partnership by the
CSSC ASTRa, established a relationship with the Department of Justice of Astana City and lobbied
for obligatory human rights education for state officials. As a result, 150 representatives of juridical
structures of the Astana Akimat and Ministry of Internal Affairs participated in the NGO's mini
seminars on the Conception of Human Rights and Mechanisms for the Protection of Human
Rights. The NGO proved its capacity as experts in the field of human rights and were invited by the
Department of Justice to serve as members of forthcoming examination commission on testing state
employees on human rights issues.
Partnership, Coalition Building and Association Development
Association Development Results in Beneficial Cooperation with the State
The Qostanai Housing Association faced difficulties attracting new members. Without a strong
constituency, the Association was less effective at lobbying for change with various local state bodies.
Recognizing this problem, the Association requested support from the Qostanai CSSC and received
consultations and training in Association Development and Human Resource Management. Both
members and nonmembers of the Association participated in the seminars. The result of these
activities was a conscious decision to cooperate to solve existing problems. With the CSSC's support,
the Association attracted five new member organizations who helped to subsequently mobilize over
1,000 community members as part of an advocacy campaign to plant neighborhood trees. In May the
Association received government approval and began planting trees throughout the community. With
trees planted, the Association is gearing up to address the growing parking needs in communities.
NGOs Take Legislation to Heart
Legislative barriers are one of the greatest obstacles to NGO effectiveness. The Joint Platform of Civil
Society Organizations (JPCSO), initiated by CSSC Network, IDC and YISK, formed to promote the
development of effective state policy and legislation governing the activities of NGOs in Kazakhstan.
In pursuit of its mission, the JPCSO designed and conducted a comprehensive campaign to promote
greater participation of NGOs and independent experts in drafting the Law On Non Governmental
Organizations. The campaign included meetings with local and national level government officials,
press conferences, formal appeals and petititions, an up to date web site, and conferences. JPCSO
gained support of over 200 Kazakhstan NGOs, including a number of NGO coalitions and
associations such as the Confederation of Non governmental Organizations of Kazakhstan, Eco
Forum of Kazakhstan and Network of Independent Observers. As a result of the advocacy campaign,
the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan has stopped an adoption of the Law and decided to
send it to the Parliament in Fall 2003. Additionally, the Ministry of Culture, Information & Public
Accord adjusted the Draft Law items that were strongly recommended for review.