Dushanbe Social Partnership Conference
On May 27, 2003 Social Partnership Conference took place with the participation of NGOs, local
community representatives, local government officials, INGOs, USAID, and business structures (500
representatives). Participants discussed challenges and opportunities of establishing and operating in
social partnerships. The main moderator was Mayor Chairman of the Upper Chamber of the
Parliament Mr. Ubaidulloev. ICNL's Legal Consultant gave a speech on legal issues of social
partnership and presented the draft agreement between local government, NGOs, and business
structures. In follow up, on May 31, 2003 Ms. Khaidarova organized and participated at the NGO
Society and Law seminar on social partnership and citizens' rights for local government officials
and NGOs in Khujand.
Technical Assistance with Social Partnership Agreement
At the request of the Dushanbe Civil Society Support Center (DCSSC) and Counterpart Consortium,
ICNL prepared the draft Agreement on Social Partnership between the Dushanbe municipal
government and NGOs (DCSSC, NGO Society and Law , the Center for Supporting, and
Development of Small Business). Muatar Khaidarova, ICNL's Legal Consultant and Chairperson of
NGO Society and Law, worked together with Dushanbe Vice Mayor Tohir Mirzoev and Tajik
Vice Minister of Justice Rustam Mengliev to finalize the draft of the Agreement on Social Economic
Partnership between the Dushanbe municipal government and NGOs. This is only the second
agreement of its kind. The first agreement resulted in the Public Council (the National created in 1997
that played a role in re establishing peace in Tajikistan. This agreement will provide more
opportunities for cooperation and partnership between the municipal government, local NGOs, and
Cross border Linkages Created
ICNL assisted Ministry of Justice officials with finding resources to travel to Almaty and Bishkek in
an effort to promote an exchange of information and experience in the implementation of laws on
registration of the legal entities (such as NGOs) between the Ministries of Justice of Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The two officials supported by Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and
UNHCR were Ms. Tagaeva Sumangul chief of the Department on NGO Registration and Ms. Elena
Ishankulova from the Department on the Drafting of Laws.
Workshop on Legal Aid Legislation Strategy and Programs
On April 9 12, 2003, ICNL participated at the workshop organized by the Danish Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and IOM on perspectives of cooperation in Central Asia. Ms. Khaidarova was a facilitator for
a session on the theme of Legal Aid Legislation strategy and programs in Central Asia.
Legal Consultations to local and international NGOs
ICNL provided 28 consultations to 20 local and international NGOs. Issues ranged form registration,
re registration, labor issues, and taxation, to the discussion of the defense of three NGOs in
proceedings initiated by the City Prosecutor for non payment of taxes.
Brochure on The rules on how to apply to different government structures (2 pages), published
with UNHCR support.
Copies of the new Law on State Registration of Legal Entities in Russian and Tajik languages.
One thousand (1000) copies will be made available to NGOs. The publication is a Ministry of
Justice, USAID, ICNL, NGO Society and Law publication.