EU project supports civil society organizations in the rural areas of Kazakhstan


EU project supports civil society organizations in the rural areas of KazakhstanThe Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) has launched a project to assist civil society organizations based in rural areas. The project is supported by the European Union with a contribution of 267,300 euros.

The project will cover seven regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Almaty, South-Kazakhstan, Aktobe, Pavlodar, East-Kazakhstan and Atyrau oblasts, the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan said. 

The project aims to support the development of a more equal and democratic society through strengthening the potential capacity of civil society organizations.

According to the Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan, around 31,201 non-governmental organizations (NGO) were registered in the country by 2010, but the majority of them are of nominal character. However, the active organizations work on different issues, such as ecology, youth, education, health and human rights protection. Many experts have noted deficiency in the effectiveness of Kazakhstan’s non-profit sector, due to their disunity and absence of general principles, as well as poor infrastructure.

The main project objectives are addressed to the quality improvement of services to civil society delivered by rural NGOs. With this objective, the project will organize regional trainings on professional development for staff of resource centers, who in turn will train workers of rural NGOs. The specific feature of this project is the participation of state representatives in project events; as well as the development of manuals for rural NGOs based on the training modules, covering local and Western expertise concerning NGO institutional management. The developed expertise created within the project framework will be accessible in the NGO Expert Center website in both Kazakh and Russian languages.

As intermediate outcomes, it is projected to attain an improvement of the living conditions of the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of the rural population by enhancing the quality of services delivered to communities by local civil society organizations.

The project will strengthen relationships of rural NGOs with local state authorities, and provide civil society representatives with new knowledge and skills to enhance their professional growth through the acquisition of new equipment to improve the working conditions of rural NGOs.

The project will be implemented in cooperation with the Civil Alliance of Kazakhstan and the NGO Management School (Switzerland). The trainings will be carried out by experts from “KAMEDA” Foundation (Kazakhstan).