From the 11th to the 13th of September 2017, ACTED trained four experts from the Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society (IIMFCS) and two experts from the National Association of Non-Governmental Non-profit Organizations of Uzbekistan (NANNOUz) in Tashkent on the Grassroots Organizations Capacity Assessment (GOCA). The GOCA is a tool designed to improve civil society organizations (CSOs) organizational and operational capacity.
International best practices confirm that CSOs can play a key role in fostering the principles of good governance. CSOs channel the needs of the population towards policymakers and legislators and provide much needed feedback between citizens and public institutions. However, despite significant efforts from the international community, Uzbekistani CSOs still lack the management skills to effectively fulfill their mission.
Through this training, ACTED aims at increasing the capacities of six local experts, four from the IIMFCS and two from NANNOUz, to promote best practices in CSO management among local organizations, relying on ACTED’s flagship GOCA methodology.
“CSOs are of great importance when it comes to national development and the “Uzbekistan CSO Empowerment and Promotion Project” will be an important step in fostering good governance and civil society in Uzbekistan” said His Excellency Chris Allan, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan.
“The GOCA tool is very well structured. According to a 5-level indicator system CSOs are assessed on 5 main aspects of their organizational and operational development. The tool can be self-administered by each public organization and facilitates dialogue between members of CSOs and external facilitators thus facilitating capacity-building endeavours” said Gulyamov Miraziz, a IIMFCS expert.
The trainees will eventually harness the knowledge acquired during the trainings to assess the capacities of 100 Uzbekistani CSOs with high potential for fostering good governance in their communities and at the national level.
The training is part of Uzbekistan CSO Empowerment and Promotion Project, implemented by ACTED with financial support from the U.K. Embassy in Tashkent.
Since 1993, as an international NGO, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief, to support those in urgent need and to protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer-term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED is present 35 countries and 4 700 staff are dedicated to implement over 450 projects per year, thus reaching around 11 million beneficiaries. In Central Asia, ACTED is engaging across the organisation’s three core pillars: building population resilience in disaster-prone areas; increasing access to the legal system for the most marginalised communities; and leading inclusive and sustainable growth to reduce poverty.
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