E. FOCUS/TARGET NGO OVERVIEW
Kazakhstan (Focus NGO)
1. Confederation of Non Governmental Organizations of Kazakhstan (CNOK)
In the reporting period, CNOK conducted its activity according to the plan designed by the
Founders: development and promotion of mechanisms of interaction between state bodies and
NGO, Parliament outreach, NGO coordination in socio significant projects, development of
international relations, and public awareness.
The meeting of the Head of CNOK and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan resulted in
agreements to conduct the National Civil Forum of NGOs in September 2003, to discuss
reformation of systems of social protection and support, to discuss the significance of adoption of
the Law On State Social Delivery and the Law On NGOs, and to take into consideration issues on
the complex development of charitable culture and of long term corporate charity. All these issues
were included in the Statement made by the President on April 4.
CNOK participated in a workgroup of designers of the Laws On NGOs and State Social Delivery
and discussed the legislation issues with officials of Ministry of Culture, Information & Public
Accord, Ministry of Justice, Law Department of the President's Administration, Institute of
Legislation, Ministry of Education & Science, Ministry of Labor & Social Protection, and
Ministry of Economy & Budget Planning.
CNOK consolidated the regional NGOs working in partnership with UNICEF under the Asian
Development Bank's project on iodizing salt to improve children's nutrition.
The Confederation conducted three oblast level seminars on labor and socio economic rights in
Aqtobe, Kokshetau, Qostanai. The seminars were addressed to oblast akims, regional state
officials, and leaders of NGOs and professional unions.
CNOK supported its social partnership with international and foreign organizations, particularly
with UNV to develop a volunteer network and with Partnership Arizona Kazakhstan to create
mechanisms for better interaction among government, business and NGO sectors.
Internal Capacity Building
CNOK provided Kazakhstan's NGOs with required materials and recommendations in
preparation to NGO Forum and legislative base development.
The head of CNOK represented Kazakhstan at a conference State Duma of the Russian Federation
on the pro and cons of economic and democratic development.
A partnership proposal to create joint Russia/Kazakhstan civil society projects was developed
with the Center of Social Partnership (Moscow) and funded by the Moscow government.
2. National Consumers League of Kazakhstan
During the reporting period 860 clients representatives of NGOs, state bodies and mass media
were consulted during the reporting period. 456 from 142 organizations utilized the League's
resource center (computer, communication, copy, printing).
A number of meetings with representatives of societies of consumers' rights protection,
antimonopoly committees, association of entrepreneurs of Astana, Aqtau, Qaraghandy, Kurchatov
were conducted to develop a general policy in the field of protection and promotion of consumers'
rights and interest.
The League's President participated in the design of adjustments in the draft Law On NGOs and
discussed the draft Law On Protection of Consumers' Rights with state officials and
representatives of political parties.
The League's action group of 5 members completed the project design What Should
Entrepreneurs Know About Consumers' Rights? US Trade Chamber financed the publication of
2000 copies (1000 in Russian, 500 in Kazakh, 500 in English).
The League staff acted as experts in consideration of the draft Law On State Social Delivery.