On June 11 13, the Hub Office conducted an Association meeting, the agenda included such items as
sharing lessons learned during the implementation of the Program Of Civil Society And NGO
Development, discussing achievements and gaps, approving the Association's Strategic Plan,
admission of a new member FTI (Bishkek), and approving internal procedures on managing crisis
situation. The best practices, challenges and lessons learned of the implementation of the programs
such as community mobilization, organizational development, training and grant program was
discussed and recommendations were developed. The Country Director Erkin Kasybekov provided a
session on simultaneous management of different projects. Several project ideas in the framework of
NPRS and CDF were developed, for example, involvement of community members to the
implementation of poverty reduction strategies through social mobilization.
The Hub Office has been assisting the CSSC Association to prepare and submit application to
ABA/CEELI. The goal of the 12 month project, which was sent to ABA/CEELI for comments, is to
build capacities of CSSCs of Batken, Kerben, Jalalabad, Osh and Nookat to provide legal services to
local NGOs, inclusive of training, consultations, information support aimed at building advocacy
capacities of local civil society organizations. This is to be achieved through the placing a lawyer in
each CSSCs, which will be responsible for delivering legal services and representing interests of
appealed citizens, NGOs and CBOs. The project will increase skills of local NGOs and CBOs to
advocate on behalf of their clientele.
In general, the security situation in the country remained quite stable and calm.
June 2 6 the Country Director, Financial Officer and M&E specialist participated in the regional
workshop on Leadership and Management. The workshop was very useful for gaining knowledge and
skills in management, practice exercises and exchange experiences. The workshop material was
focused more on business related management. Participants compared similarities and differences in
the approaches and discussed advantages and disadvantages of the methods and approaches
May 26 30 the Community Outreach Program Coordinator and Khujand CSSC Director attended the
follow up workshop in Almaty on Community Networking. The goal of the workshop was to enhance
knowledge and improve skills in community development based on the concept of social capital.
In April the Training Coordinator attended an AED organized training session for partner agencies to
get acquainted with AED's training program requirements. AED also provided consulting on their
training assistance request form and the process for submitting formal training requests.
In June Counterpart organized a strategic planning workshop for CSSC Network Members. The
workshop was facilitated by Andrea Burnisske, Chief of the Party for Women Empowerment Project.
Network members were given special instruments to make SWOT analyses. The workshop proved to
be a preparatory stage for strategic plan development.
The extension period provided a good opportunity for the CSSC network to fulfill indicators on basic
and advanced training. For that additional funds were allocated to CSSCs to cover any gaps in their
training program. By June 30 all the CSSCs accomplished their training program targets.
The Hub was requested by CARE to develop a module on Referendum issues. The idea was to train
beneficiaries, Federations of Women Groups on the concept of a Referendum, explain the procedures,