The Peace Corps is implementing an educational program funded by Kettering Foundation to
promote national dialogue on the most acute problems of Tajik society. In the roundtable
discussions, staff shared experiences and the results on the 25 dialogues conducted all over the
May 12 the Country Advisor met with USAID and AED representatives on social partnership
conference issues. We have discussed budget, contributions and program issues. It's been
decided to meet with Khukumat key authorities to agree on the agenda and follow the program.
As the result of the repeated meetings with Gov. Officials we managed to keep discussions in the
framework of the social partnership topic.
May 26 the Country Advisor met with OSI/Washington Office representatives. They were
interested to get information about donor organizations to support the Network of
Entrepreneurship Support Centers.
June 25 27 met with the Director of the Regional Office Jay Cooper and Arlene Lear, Counterpart
International, Washington Office. The goal of their visit was to meet with staff, finalize budgets
and action plans for the next three months, management issues, and registration issues. Some
decisions were taken regarding registration issue. Andrea Burnisske has been designated Acting
Country Representative of Counterpart International. Zaro Kourbanbekova has been designated
WBI funded CEN Project Coordinator.
The Norwegian Refugee Council, in partnership with the Public Council in Tajikistan, organized
a discussion session of Social Partnership on the issue of The role of NGOs in Poverty Reduction
in Tajikistan on June1.
June 24 the Country Director met with USAID representative Abdurakhim Muhidov regarding the
Press Conference on the results and achievements of phase III Counterpart program.
As a follow up of the meeting with the representative of IFES, the Director prepared information
about the capacity of CSSCs, their field of activities and successes achieved. This information
was required to learn more about the network and consider their involvement as IFES partners.
June 25 the Counterpart Office received International Agencies implementing USAID funded
projects. The main topic for discussion was the Referendum held on June 22. Organizations like
NDI, Urban Institute, Counterpart and others shared their opinion on the process of the
Counterpart Tajikistan was offered by World Bank Institution to lead activities under the short
term project Community Enhancement Needs Assessment . Our staff provided assistance in
selection of researchers group, conducting interviews, developing list of the participants from
different sectors for Stakeholders Workshop and provision of logistic services to WBI in
organization of the workshop. Shoira Zukhurova, Training Coordinator was selected a focal point
to coordinate the work of the researchers within two months.
The meeting with Regional Development Director Jean MacKenzie and Turkmenistan IREX's
Country Director Bakhar Ataeva held on May 12. The goals of IREX in Central Asia and
Counterpart's experience on civil society development through CSSCs discussed. The issue of
future cooperation within a new project on regional network development was touched upon. The
issue of NGOs organizational development level (registration, financial sustainability, external
relations) and major areas of their work discussed.
Counterpart participates on a regular monthly USAID partners meeting.
In the framework of cooperation between Counterpart Uzbekistan and CHF, training support
assistance was continued.