Design of components on development of Fairs of Social Project, submitted to TACIS' BISTRO
A partners meeting was held from June 18 20 in the Yermin Sanatorium (Kapchaghai reservoir) and
gathered over 45 representatives of the Support Centers, focus NGOs and the Hub office program
staff. The retreat sessions covered the CSSCs' presentation, master classes, and final reports from
Program Coordinators (OD, Community Outreach, Grant, Training and Reporting).
The Joint Platform of Civil Society Organizations (JPCSO)
The Kazakhstan Network of Civil Society Support Centers, Institute for Development & Cooperation
(IDC), and Youth Information Service of Kazakhstan (YISK) initiated the Joint Platform of Civil
Society Organizations (JPCSO) that was formed to promote the development of effective state policy
and legislation governing the activities of non governmental non profit organizations (NGOs) in
Kazakhstan. In pursuit of its mission, the JPCSO has designed and conducted a campaign for
promoting a weightier participation of NGOs and independent experts in drafting the Law On Non
April 11, a constituent meeting was conducted to establish JPCSO.
April 16, JPCSO appealed to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, parliamentary deputies
and Political Councils of seven parties regarding the problems with the draft Law On NGOs.
April 21, JPCSO conducted a press conference on the draft Law On NGOs.
April 23 28, JPCSO conducted regional forums for NGOs from Astana, Almaty, Aqtobe,
Oskemen, Semey, Qaraghandy and Qostanai to design the conceptual and procedural
recommendations and proposals on the draft Law On NGOs.
April 23 30, JPCSO collected signatures of over 200 Kazakhstan NGOs in support of its Appeal
to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, parliamentary deputies and Political Councils of 7
parties of Kazakhstan.
April 25, JPCSO headquarters launched a special web page of the campaign for overcoming the
crisis with the draft Law On NGOs on the Web site
May 6, JPCSO clarified their stance on the draft Law On NGOs at a roundtable in Almaty,
organized by the US National Democratic Institute of International Relations (NDI).
May 15 16, JPCSO conducted a number of meetings with deputies and representatives of the
Ministry of Culture, Information & Public Accord for overcoming the crisis of legislation
governing the country's NGO sector.
May 16, JPCSO held a roundtable in Parliament with the state deputies, representatives of the
President Administration, Ministry of Culture, Information & Public Accord.
May 19, Youth Information Service (YISK) and Diabetic Association of the Republic Kazakhstan
(DARK), supported by National Democratic Institute (NDI), conducted their advocacy session
among over 40 deputies of Mazhilis and Senate of the Parliament.
May 19 20, over 200 NGOs signed the Platform's Appeal that was submitted to the Presidential
Administration, Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
May 20, the JPCSO conducted a press conference on the results of the campaign to overcome the
crisis of the legislation governing the non profit sector of Kazakhstan.
May 26, the JPCSO conducted informational briefing in Almaty to publicize the results of its
Based on the results of the above campaign, the JPCSO stated the need to establish effective
mechanisms for NGO participation in the decision making process and drafting legislation regulating
the NGO sector. To break through the given crisis, the JPCSO suggested the following:
To organize Parliamentary hearings on the draft Law On NGOs and On State Social Delivery,
To publicize texts of the draft Laws On NGOs and On State Social Delivery through the national
mass media, particularly in the newspaper Kazakhstanskaya Pravda.
To conduct a full scale discussion of the concepts underlying the above draft laws at the Standing
Conference on Democratization & Civil Society Development.