The project #99/0439 with EC funding, aimed at strengthening the ability of local communities to
advocate on behalf of their citizenry and ensuring their participation in decision making process,
is progressing well. The sixth volume of the bulletin Jamaat Demilgesi (Community Initiative)
was prepared, published and distributed among 11 CSSCs. A manual with instructions for using
Impact Evaluation methodology was designed by the project team and distributed among the
CSSCs. During the reporting period, the CSSCs conducted evaluation according to the impact
evaluation methodology in seven target communities. A training workshop on Community
Foundations has been discussed with AED. The Project Manager visited Germany to discuss with
Counterpart Deutschland issues, progress, next steps, upcoming consultancies, the project web
site, and the Leadership training scheduled for July and European study tour in September.
The UNHCR funded project 03/AB/KGZ/LS/470 to provide support to refugee organizations
progressed as planned. Project highlights to date include:
252 adult refugees of the category #1 have been granted the citizenship of Kyrgyzstan in
228 refugees received certificates on non belonging to the citizenship of Tajikistan, of which
150 refugees submitted their cases to the passport offices.
The information on refugees who lost passports were collected and analyzed, and a summary
table on them was sent to UNHCR.
The citizenship contracts with NGOs Adab (Sokuluk Rayon), Chuy Murgab (Jayl Rayon),
Sozvezdie (Panfilov Rayon), Booruker Urmat (Bishkek), Yrys Kenchi (Chuy Rayon) and
Miloserdie Yntymak (Alamedin Rayon) on providing financial support to maintain citizenship
activities were signed and first installments were made.
April 4 a Program Coordination meeting took place with participation of the managers from
different Counterpart Programs. This activity was initiated by Country Advisor and proved to be
useful as there was need to coordinate the work, update approaches and integrate some activities.
April 6 Counterpart Tajikistan hosted a meeting of WBI representatives with the members of
Steering Committee. The deputy director updated participants on CEN activities. Steering group
members presented their activities on community driven development. WBI staff was keen to
learn more about capacity building interventions for communities, their needs and different
approaches for community driven development. They have presented the concept of CENA
(Community Enhancement Needs Assessment) and requested Counterpart disseminate terms of
reference among interested organizations. Counterpart has been considered as one of the potential
partners for CENA activities
April 7 there was a meeting with WB Washington representatives to discuss IT communication
facilities for CSSCs. The Country Advisor and Country Director provided sufficient information
about available possibilities and needs of CSSCs. WB representatives were interested to get
information in order to include Tajikistan in the project they are planning to develop and suggest
CT as a partner.
April 15 the Country Advisor met with the Chief of the NRC of Tajikistan and Representative of
NRC headquarters. The goal of the meeting was coordination of the activities about NGO
development in Tajikistan. NRC representatives questioned the Country Director as an
organization dealing with NGO development. We discussed the prospective possibility of
engaging CSSCs in the activities of NRC and expanding training and micro credit programming.
April 19 met with the Chief of IOM to provide information about the CSSCs, their services and
capacity. I have provided appropriate information enhancing it with examples on the
achievements. The CSSC network will be enabled to partner to IOM to provide training technical
assistance and consulting/information for NGOs in the framework of People's Traffic Issue
April 23 the Country Advisor and Country Director attended USAID's Coordination meeting,
which was held for the first time with the USAID funded implementing agencies to update on the
activities. We made a presentation of activities, including network expansion, registration of
Hamkori, Social partnership impacts, CO success stories, WBI projects,