30 somoni ($10) per month. Parvin applied to the WFP to support these women with flour and oil for
six months, after which the women are confident they will increase their volume work to be able to
provide for themselves and their families.
Volunteer development is an essential component of modern society. In the Soghd oblast the number
of volunteers is rapidly growing, not only for international organizations and local NGOs, but also for
government agencies and social institutions. The Khujand CSSC is experienced in providing
educational courses to train volunteers and has trained 42 volunteers in seven Counterpart modules. A
recent survey of local NGOs working 16 Counterpart trained volunteers revealed that they are making
a substantial contribution, providing quality services and being responsive to the program needs.
Promotion Generates Cooperation
Mistrust and lack of information about NGO activities has proven that local authorities are not ready
for cooperation with NGOs. The CSSCs Shahrvand and Fidokor united their efforts to bring positive
changes in the relationship between local government and NGOs of the Khatlon Area. They initiated
an exhibition devoted to NGO projects and activities and invited regional and district level
government officials. As the result the Governor showed interest in the Counterpart CAG program
and expressed his willingness to mobilize all districts to benefit from Counterpart program through
training. Both CSSCs were requested by Government to organize a number of trainings for
governmental officials on a fee for service basis.
Social partnership for sustainable development of Dushanbe
Over the last four months the Dushanbe CSSC has worked with the Mayor of Dushanbe to organize a
meeting with representatives of local and international NGOs, business structures, media, and
financial institutions. While all groups work to address social problems, there is little coordination or
information exchange between them. The goal of the meeting was to establish collaboration between
sectors for joint problem solving and the Mayor acknowledged that NGOs possess the intellectual
capacity to address problems effectively. As a result of the meeting participants prepared an
agreement for social and economic partnership with a Coordination Committee of 23 people from
different sectors as a governing body. The Mayor serves as the Chairman of the Coordination
Motivation to Move Forward
One of the root causes of poverty in the Shitharv village in the Ishkashim District in Badakshan is the
lack of water to irrigate new lands. At its worst, the population wasn't able to grow anything for six
months, leaving many families to struggle to eat. Repeated appeals to the state went unanswered.
After going through Counterpart trainings, the initiative group Shitharv decided to take matters into
their own hands and developed a proposal to construct a 3 km channel. The Khorog CSSC provided
technical and consulting assistance in the design of the project, which was funded by the Aga Khan
Foundation. Within the three months the channel was completed and 50 hectares of lands were
irrigated. Now community members are growing potatoes, wheat and pumpkins, all of which thrive in
the mountainous conditions. This project has resulted not only in food and products that can be sold in
the marketplace for income, but has also ignited the community to continue to look inward to solve
problems. They intend to initiate school repairs over the summer vacation.
Where There's a Will
Many people in the capital of Dushanbe gave up hope to get gas to heat their homes in the winter, but
not in one community. The initiative group from the urban Nazarshoev Street mobilized 37
households to address the gas issue. They developed a proposal, funded by Counterpart, which was
implemented in two months. As a result 222 people now have access to gas and without
dependence on the government to provide it.