ENHANSING NGOs CAPACITY
IN MONITORING AND EVALUATION
OF PUBLIC PROJECTS
The Tajikistan National NGO Association has been recently granted funds to organize and facilitate several roundtables discussions with CSO representatives in the framework of project “Demand for Good Governance” initiated and funded by the World Bank. In light of this, a nine-month project entitled “Facilitation Services for CSOs on Demand side Governance in Tajikistan” is currently being implemented by the Association in cooperation with its partners in regions of Khorugh (“Qalam”), Khujand (“Consortium – Initiative”), Kulob (“Sharwand”), Rasht (“Oshtii milli”), Panjakent (“Zani Sharq”) and Dushanbe (“Tretiy sector”).
The purpose of the project is to encourage the process of good governance, increase the level and efficiency of civil society participation in the process of design, development and implementation of public projects; enhancing the CSOs capacity in monitoring and evaluation of such socially important projects and programs.
It is planned to conduct a series of roundtable discussions with active participation of representatives of the Government, Business, Mass Media, and NGOs in Badakhshon, Sughd, Khatlon, Rasht and Dushanbe to analyze the situation while keeping the civil society participation in mind relevant to governance and NGOs capacity building in monitoring and evaluation of public projects and programs in the country.
Prior to the start of the program, a pre-implementation consultation exercise by Tajikistan National NGO Association and its partners was conducted. The purpose of this exercise was to get views and opinions of the CSOs representatives. To this end, a Questionnaire was developed and administered to 165 representatives of CSOs and were interviewed to determine their views and expectations from the upcoming series of roundtables discussions on governance.
As of today, four roundtables discussions with the participation of more than 100 NGOs have been conducted in Dushanbe, Khujand, Kulob, and Rasht. It is significantly important to note that a number of Project Implementation Units (PIUs) working in the area of agriculture, land reform, and health care are actively participating in program implementation, contributing to better understanding of the World Bank policy, sharing information about the on-going projects as well as learning to establish a workable relationships and cooperation with respective local NGOs.
In the framework of the project, a brochure entitled “Good Governance: interpretation and implementation” has been developed and published in Tajik language. According to Professor Abdushukur Nazarov from NGO “Center of training for Municipal workers”, “this project allows us to consider and analyze the pros and cons of Tajik NGOs and think about their sustainability and creditability”. “I believe it is significantly important and it is timely to implement projects of this caliber in Tajikistan, - says Ms. Hurinniso Ghafforzoda, participant from Civil Society Support Center “Oshtii milli”. - It allows not just considering and analyzing the current situation with good governance and the role of NGOs in this process but also provides us with the right directions towards our professional and sustainable development. On the other hand, this project will encourage further enhancement of local NGOs capacity building on monitoring and evaluation of public projects as well as preparation of local experts in this particularly important area of activity”.
Two more roundtables are expected to have in Khorugh (May 30) and Panjakent (June 6) dedicated to Education and Land reform related issues respectively. The last roundtable will be conducted in Dushanbe in July, 2013 to summarize all findings during the implementation process. It is anticipated that based on results and findings of the Project, a certain recommendations will be prepared for consideration of the Government of Tajikistan, the World Bank and the International community working in//for the county to enable using the CSOs capacity and potential in monitoring and evaluation of public project as well as encourage the sustainable development and capacity building of local NGOs in this direction.
All materials related to this project will be posted in the Association’s website (www.cso.tj ) for wider access and usage of all interested organizations and partners.
© Tajikistan National NGO Association
May 5, 2013