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 DUSHANBE

Roundtable Discussion for CSOs on

“Fostering Demand for Good Governance in Tajikistan”

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 30, 2013,

the Ismaili Centre Dushanbe

 

 

 

 

                 

     

 

 

 

 

Aim of the event

To build a permanent engagementof the World Bank with Civil Society Organizations(CSOs) and enhance their power for conducting monitoring of the projects, which are funded by the World Bank.

The current project “Organizing Roundtable Discussions for the aim of Fostering Demand for Good       Governance in Tajikistan” is implemented for highlighting several issues under the line of consideration:

  1. 1.Do Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) participate in the process of implementation of social programs and projects? On which level is this participation?
  2. 2.What should be done in order to strengthen the power and possibilites of CSOs in monitoring and evaluating the correct use of social findings?
  3. 3.To offer proposals to the World Bank, the Government of Tajikistan, CSOs and other related parties.

 

 

Location

The Roundtable Discussion took place at the Ismaili Centre Dushanbe on January 30, 2013 and started from 9:00 until 17:30 according to the stated agenda.

 

A G E N D A

 

09:00-09:30           Registration of participants

09:30-09:35          Openingremarks

Mr. Shamsiddin Karimov, Head of Tajikistan National NGO Association

09:35-10:05          Welcoming remarks

Mr. Muhabbatsho Ruzadorov, Advisor to the President of Tajikistan on social development and public relations

Mr. Olimjon Salimov, Member of the Tajik Parliament, Head of department for international relations, public associations and information of the Chamber of Representatives, Tajik Parliament

Mr. Farrukh Toirov, Country Officer, World Bank Dushanbe Office

10:05 – 10:30        Presentation on Findings of Pre-Implementation Research/Interviews

                              Mr. ShamsiddinKarimov and Mr. Javed Rahmanzai, Director of ELCS

10.30-10.50          Coffee break

10:50-11:15         Questions and answers       

11:15 - 11:35        Presentation on WB in Tajikistan: priorities, partnerships, results

                            Mr. Farrukh Toirov, Country Officer, World Bank Dushanbe Office

11:35-11:55       Questions and answers

11:55 -12:10         Using research as a Tool of Capacity Building

                             Prof. Dr. Abdul Moqim Rahmanzai, University Utara Malaysia

12:10-12:30          Questions and Answers

12:30-13:50          Lunch at the Ismaili Centre

13:50 -14:50          Group Working Sessions based on SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats).

Group 1.        CSO-WB relations: maintaining and enhancing. Moderators: Mr. Buribek Buribekov and Ms. Dilorom Atabaeva

Group 2.         CSO Capacity Building Needs in M&E. Moderator: Mr. Dodarbek Saydaliev and Ms. Fatima Sharipova

Group 3.         CSO-PIU Partnerships. Moderator: Ms. Muhabbat Pirnazarova and Ms. Hurinniso Ghafforzoda

14:50-15:20          Group presentations   (10 minutes every group)

15:20-15:40          Coffee Break

15:40-17:15           E-consult information and hands-on session: Ms. Farzona Mukhitdinova, Operations Analyst, WB   Dushanbe and Mr. Abduaziz Kasymov, NGO “Zerkalo”

17:15-17:30          Wrap upandrecommendationsoftheRoundtable Discussion

 

Participants.

 

Total of 39 participants - representatives of social, local and international organizations, mass media, presedential executive branch, deputies of Chamber of Representatives, Tajik Parliamentparticipated in the roundtable discussion.

 

                   Организация

                       ФИО

Контактные телефоны

1.

Дастгоҳи иҷроияи Президент              

Мухаббатшо Рӯзадоров,

 

2.

Маҷлиси Намояндагони МО

Олимчон Салимзода

 

3.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

Ted Dreger

 

4.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

Kimberly Johns

93 6005858.

5.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

FarangizZiyaeva

 

6.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

Farzona Nuhidinova

 

7.

DFID

GulnoraMukhamadieva

907 70 80 09

8.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

Хабиров Махмудчон

231 07 81; 231 07 56

9.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

Фаррух Тоиров

 

10.

Вазорати тандурустӣ PIU

Байдиев Илхом

221 16 7;

90 774 74 08

11.

Бонки ҷаҳонӣ

Мухиддин Шералиев

221 11 56

12.

Донишгоҳи Утара, Малайзия

Абдулмуқим Рахмонзай

 

13.

Барномаи рушди СММ

Абдухоликов Ёкубджон

 

14.

Барномаи рушди СММ

Сатторов Джурабек

 

15.

САҳА

Максудов Рустам

98 561 00 23

16.

САҳА

Мрина Шмидт

 

17.

Фонди Евразия

Абдуллоев Равшан

90 111 12 02

18.

Маркази миллии қонунгузории назди Президенти ҷТ

Малохати Зайниддин

918864028

Хукумат

19.

Кумитаи ҷавонон

Курбонов Дилшод

95 137 00 77

                                                                               НПО

20.

Тҷ «Фэмида»

Саноат Солиева

935016292

21.

АМСҒДТ

Каримов Шамсиддин

93 570 17 80

22.

МДҷШ «Третий сектор»

Пирназарова Мухаббат

93 500 31 61

23.

МДҷШ «Консорциум инициатив»

Атабаева Дилором(Khujand)

91 908 17 01

24.

МДҷШ «Калам»(Khorugh)

Бурибек Бурибеков

 

25.

МДҷШ «Шахрванд»(Kulob)

Сайдалиев Додарбек

 

26.

МДҷШ «Оштиимилли», (Rasht)

Гаффорзода Хуриниссо

918 61 23 33

27.

МДҷШ «Женщины Востока» (Panjak-t)

Шарипова Фотима

92 713 54 00

28.

НПО «Бахтовар»

Азимова Саодат

93 505 17 29

39.

Центр информационно коммуникационных технологий

Нумонов Талат

221 37 61;

918 71 91 08

30.

Тҷ «Аврора»

Олимова Сабохат

224 54 65; 227 75 05

31.

Тҷ «Журналист»

Шарифзода Кироншох

90 401 01 10

32.

ЦСИ «Зеркало»

 

 

33.

Занони маълумоти олидор

БобосодиковаГулчахон

90 770   23 08

34.

Ассотсиатсияи ҷавонон

Нуриддинова Парвина

93 575 30 90

35.

АМСҒДТ

Турсунов Мухиддин

90 762 01 02

                                                                                 РРП

36.

Тҷ «Олами кӯдакон», Рӯдакӣ

Шобудинова Рухшона

90 784 43 94

37.

Тҷ «Сайер», Ваҳдат

Хочаева Гавхар

93 596 25 76

38.

Тҷ «Нилуфар», Варзоб

Исомидинова Турсуной

918 62 17 32

         

 

 

 

The process of the roundtable discussion

 

 

The roundtable discussion was сonducted by Tajikistan National NGOAssociation with the financial support of the World Bank’s Cooperation program on executive issues (CPEI). The logistical support was arranged by NGO “Civil Society Support Center “Tretiy sector”, which is the executive partner of the project in Dushanbe.

 

 

 

The event сommenced with the introductory speech of Shamsiddin Karimov, the head of the Tajikistan National NGO Association, who emphasizedthat the essence of the political order and good governance has notably changed in consequence ofdeep globalized transformationsin past years, in particular after the 1990s. Government and other related parties now demand the help of other structures, specifically, various civil society organizations. Actually good governance and proper management cannot be effective in nowadays conditions without an active participation of the civil society organizations. It is one of the positive phenomenons in the overall tendency of globalization and nowadays new reality.

NGOs can play a significant role in the position of best governmental collaborators. This is not a groundless assertion, as the image and essence of NGOs has completely changed both in quantity and quality as well as the sphere of their performances. Now NGOs see their aims not only in the provision of human rights protection and social justice, monitoring over the performance of the governmental structures and criticism of existent deficiencies, but they also directly take part in all of these activities along with the government and put efforts in proper solving of the issues under considerations.

The below mentioned specifications force governmental and private organizations to pay attention to the possibilities, power and benefits of NGOs and consider them as their partners:

* NGOs are flexible, can accomplish goals within a short period of time and funding.

* NGOs do not work for the profit, as opposed to the commercial organizations, they always      

take under consideration social benefits.

* NGOs keep good relations with people and powerful governmental agencies both on local and national levels.

*NGOs have implemented a good and useful network of partnerships throughout the whole world, which ensures systematic performance within and outside in regard to other organizations.

 

* NGOs have unified the developed units of the society, which can overcome all kinds of tasks due to their knowledge, experience and professional skills

* NGOs are on the same page with the government and national politics according to their goals and objectives and their established responsibilities: both government and NGOs serve for the establishment of civil society and improvement of public welfare.

 

Afterwards the following quests and experts were introduced to the participants:

  • Mr. Muhabbatsho Ruzadorov, Advisor to the President of Tajikistan on social development and public relations
  • Mr. Olimjon Salimzoda, Member of the Tajik Parliament, Head of department for international relations, public associations and information of the Chamber of Representatives, Tajik Parliament
  • Mr. Farrukh Toirov, Country Officer, World Bank Dushanbe Office
  • Mr. Theodore Dreger, World Bank Good Governance Specialist in USA.
  • Kimberly Jones,World Bank Social Department Representative from USA
  • Prof. Dr. Abdul Moqim Rahmanzai, an expert from USA.

 

 

Muhabbatsho Ruzadorov’s welcome speech

Advisor to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan

 

«The government and state of the Republic of Tajikistan always search for better solution, try to support you, guide you, work with you in the same direction and for development of the whole country Tajikistan, we work together.

On behalf of the advisors’ department under the President of Tajikistan I would like to pass my gratitude to the international organizations, which help our country in that regard and, in particular, to Mrs. Marsha Olive and other international organizations that have put many efforts in this field. I believe this meeting will be very useful and will put forward many issues on how to foster good governance in Tajikistan both in the centre and in the regions. Also I believe that there will be interesting debates and except the serious issue on cooperation between the Republic of Tajikistan and NGOs of Tajikistan, there will be interesting proposals on development of our further performance, which will be of a good use for us.

I would like to wish all the best to this roundtable discussion and an accomplishment of many good and useful conclusions.

 

Shamsiddin Karimov to Muhabbatsho Ruzadorov: thank you for your instructive speech and invaluable ideas:

 

-Indeed, we are happy to see a good political willingness at the highest level of the country in regard with democratic processes, formation of civil society, governmental support and civil society institutions, such as NGOs in Tajikistan. Your words inspire us and we would like to express our greetings and respect to the advisors’ department under the President, to Mr. Fattoev S.S. and others.

 

 

Mr. Olimjon Salimov’s welcome speech

Member of the Tajik Parliament, Head of department for international relations, public associations and information of the Chamber of Representatives, Tajik Parliament

«Dear attendees of the meeting, roundtable discussion, I, as a representative of the Chamber of Representatives, Tajik Parliament welcome each of you individually.   Especially to the organizers and respected brother Shamsiddin Karimov, who gathered all of us together today in this roundtable, through which we can discuss and try to solve some of the difficulties and limitations of our operations together.

I appreciate, that you have invited us. Civil society, as mentioned by Mr. Ruzadorov, its development, progress and improvement is a pushing point for today’s society of Tajikistan, it is a step by step approach to building a democratic and universal country, which all of us and the state governing body want and try to accomplish.

For instance, I would like to comment on the freedom of expression, media, transparency and other similar democratic issues, where civil society NGOs have played a great role.

Not to jump far, as an example, within the two years we have developed project of RT law on media discussion and analysis. Here are sitting our friends, brothers, who have worked hard for finishing this plan, implementing this project, which provides judicial grounds for freedom of expression and great performance of mass media. As I have noted earlier and will mention again, none of the laws and plans create limitations. Every time, with the development of the society, laws need to be analyzed and improved. They are the respondents of today’s Tajik society. You are probably informed about the recent new additions to the law on NGOs, which were supported and accepted during the meeting.

 

 

As you know better than me from the President’s speeches we hear significance words about the development of civil society and we ourselves along with the NGOs try to take firmer steps into the solution of those difficulties that civil society, our people and our country face. This also depends on releasing the country from communication blockade, diminishing the level of poverty and reaching energy independence. If these important issues have been a concern for the government and state than I believe for civil society they also create concern. I know that NGOs try hard to fill the food basket, put efforts-build a garden, irrigate and crop land. Governmental assistance is needed in the neighborhoods/regions and we will try our best to develop the civil society.

You can be sure that all your proposals are considered and discussed at the Chamber of Representatives, Tajik Parliament and we will try our best to find ways to solve them and we will try to keep strong relations with civil society organizations.

 

Mr. Farrukh Toirov’s welcome speech

World Bank Country Officer, Dushanbe

 

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

I welcome you to the first roundtable discussion in the series of events to be facilitated by the Tajik National NGO Association supported by the Governance Partnership Facility of the World Bank. The goal of today’s event is to establish an ongoing dialogue between the World Bank and CSOs and build the capacity of CSOs to monitor Bank-financed projects.

This activity is the first of 7 roundtables with the Association and is being conducted under the Bank-administered three-year GPF grant aimed at mainstreaming governance interventions on the country, sector and project levels. The overall grant objective is to help ease governance constraints on development in Tajikistan through a deeper engagement with civil society, government and parliament in the budget process. Future roundtables, to be held in the regions, will help to deepen engagement with CSOs in sectors where the Bank is working

Tajikistan is one of four countries in the ECA region to pilot the Country Governance and Anticorruption (CGAC) frameworks. This approach involves increased attention to governance in both the strategic and operational aspects of World Bank assistance to client countries. The World Bank’s CGAC strategy for Tajikistan aims to assist the Government of Tajikistan in tackling three principal governance challenges: (a) strengthening transparency and accountability in key sectors (agriculture, energy, and private sector development); (b) developing capacity; and (c) fostering demand for good governance. Governance interventions will be mainstreamed throughout all projects in the portfolio, with an emphasis on consolidating and scaling up existing instruments of civil society engagement to achieve strategic goals.

Later this morning I will present the Bank’s program in Tajikistan including our priorities, parterships and some results achieved. But in short, the World Bank and the Tajikistani Government country partnership strategy aims to eliminate poverty, reduce social inequity and improve opportunities for economic development in the country. Development in Tajikistan depends on improvements in governance. The Bank has been providing significant support to the Government through ongoing projects. The Bank’s successful collaboration with the parliament resulted in the establishment of a secretariat to increase the capacity of the Finance and Economics Committee to participate in the budget process. Parliamentary hearings on the budget formulation and execution process took place in 2011.

 

 

The World Bank’s principal activity is to provide loans to governments but…the Bank has established numerous funding mechanisms over the past two decades to provide grants to CSOs. Grants are being provided either indirectly via government-run grant funds with Bank financing or directly by World Bank-managed competitive-based funding mechanisms.

CSOs have become important channels for delivery of social services. Civil society involvement in service provision is not intended to replace the role of government, but rather to complement and improve government action. This is especially true in post-conflict countries or in regions where government support is relatively weak and whereby CSOs may become the most effective alternative for delivering social services to low-income communities.

Active CSO involvement in World Bank operations has risen steadily over the past decade, from 21% of the total number of projects in 1990 to 82% in 2009 worldwide. Civil society participation is occurring throughout the project cycle from the design and planning stages, to implementation and monitoring.

The collaboration with nongovernmental actors is gradually increasing in Tajikistan as well, only in 2012 three civil society organizations (CSOs) were competitively selected to monitor Bank projects. The Bank-financed capacity-building initiatives and peer-to-peer learning have allowed for deepened collaboration with parent-teacher associations (PTAs), as well as the monitoring of school capital expenditure needs by PTAs. Community health scorecards are also being designed to help with results-based financing in health projects. Monitoring of the Land Registration & Cadaster System Project is being implemented by NGO Rushdi Dehot.

CSOs will also be invited to assist with monitoring and evaluating projects by participating in project supervision missions, carrying out social impact analysis, and attending project review workshops. To increase civil society involvement in Bank operations, the World Bank is attempting to simplify its contracting and procurement procedures and build the capacity of CSOs in M&E. And we have heard your concerns about “E-consult” and this roundtable will include a learning session to help you better understand those procedures and processes.

Therefore, this roundtable brought together CSOs from throughout the country to give a good start for broadening the Government and the Bank’s engagement with civil society in monitoring of the Bank-financed operations in Tajikistan.

I hope this workshop will increase your understanding of the Bank operations and provide you with opportunities to establish good contacts with the Bank staff and government officials.

 

 

Findings from the Pre-Implementation Consultation Exercise

Shamsiddin Karimov, Ahmed Javed Rahmanzai

The aim of surveying the civil society organizations:

  • To learn civil societies’ level of participation in the process of preparation and realization of social programs and projects, to analyze the conditions and process of the programs and projects, which are funded by the World Bank , to identify the level and quality of the civil society organizations’ engagement in these processes, to strengthen the power and capacity of the civil society, to improve the cooperation mechanisms by providing social monitoring and recommendation proposals, to reinforce and enhance the role and place of social organizations in society.
  • To encourage need for good governance/management with the participation of civil society.

 

The survey was conducted in 6 parts of the country with cooperation of ELCS and CSSCs:

 

  • Badakhshon-“Kalam” (Khorugh)
  • Zarafshon – “Zanoni Shark” (Panjakent)
  • Rasht«Oshtii Milli» (Garm)
  • KhatlonShahrvand» (Kulob)
  • Sughd-«Konsortium-tashabbus» (Khujand)
  • Dushanbe and RRS– «Tretiy Sektor» (Dushanbe)

                  

165 civil society organizations: governmental structures, entrepreneurs, mass media, NGOs and other CSOs took part in the survey.

                               The survey consisted of 2 parts and 20 questions.

 

Findings:

Funding resources

  • International organizations/structures
  • Governmental organizations – 18 %

Project management experience

  • have
  • don’t have – 3 %

 

Monitoring and evaluation experience (M&E)

  • have - 80%
  • don’t have – 12 %

 

Participation in M&E

  • participated – 46 %
  • did not participate

Transparency (projects, funding/resources)

  • transparent – 47 %
  • not transparent  

Accountability (projects, finding)

  • accountable – 49%
    • not accountable – 39 %

Results:

       Obstacles

  • Lack of M&E experience in NGOs;
  • No access to information on development projects;
  • No transparency in using social funds;
  • No access to statistics and trusted information;
  • Too much time spending on acquiring monitoring permission;
  • Lack of cooperation among the NGOs themselves;
  • Lack of funds for stable development;
  • Low level of engagement of local organizations (communities: Jamoats, Mahallas) in preparation and realization of projects.

       Recommendations:

  • Ensuring transparency and accountability;
  • Ensuring real participation of CSOs in M&E;
  • Ensuring access to funds and social projects;
  • Reinforcing power and abilities of CSOs in regard to M&E;
  • Providing special courses for CSOs on preparation and promotion of M&E
  • Conducting special studies/researches;
  • Enhancing writing research grants skills;
  • More effective/close cooperation with communities (Mahalla and Jamoat level);
  • Ability to work with the governmental budget;
  • Strengthening advocacy skills and knowledge;
  • Building a public confidence to the government and social projects.

 

Questions and Answers:

Guljahon Bobosodiqova: – Who did participate in the Survey, why 165 only ?

Gulnora Muhammadieva, DFID – The Survey shows 47% transparency and 49% accountability, how could you explain such high result of positivity?

 

Shamsiddin Karimov – As I mentioned above, Survey participants included representatives from CSOs, Media, NGOs, Associations, Community based organizations, Youth Organizations. I agree that 165 can not represent the whole country but due to timeframe and luck of being able to cover the more number of representatives, we have worked with this number of people only. But we have interviewed the most active and effective CSOs in their respective regions. That is why the result of positive answers to questions related to transparency and Accountability are comparatively high. Because, these NGOs are from those who are active and have good cooperation with both donors and government institutions.

 

Talat Numonov – the last recommendation in regard with enhancing confidence building to the Government and Public projects – does it correct? Because people do not trust to the Government and the Government, by itself, doesn’t encourage the civil society development.

 

Gulgahon Bobosodiqova – I do not think that the people do not trust to the Government, but we need to continue working in this direction through conducting special courses. We still have lots of problems in terms of interconnection and cooperation among NGOs by themselves. Another problem is that the donor organization do not coordinate their activity and programs with local organizations in order to better meet the specific needs of the country.

 

Shamsiddin Karimov – we are not talking about distrust to the Government, but we are suggesting to enhance the confidence building activity to increase the level of trust and confidence of the people to the Government and public projects, increasing transparency and accountability.

 

Muhabbtasho Ruzadorov – Today, we are in the process of learning and development in general. For instance, the concept of civil society is not clarified and accepted among population yet. The level of cooperation with private sector still needs to be enforced. The CSOs are still not recognized and well known by citizens, I mean, not all of people do understand the mission of NGOs yet. We do understand all these shortages and will try at the highest level to deal with these problems and encourage the right positive development in the country.

 

 

 

           

World Bank Group

Working for a World Without Poverty

Farrukh Toirov,

Country Officer,

WB Dushanbe Office

 

 

WB program in Tajikistan

  • Tajikistan joined the WB in 1993 and IDA in 1994.
  • Since 1996, the World Bank has provided US$700 million in IDA credits and grants and trust funds (US$370 million have already been disbursed).
  • 34 % of funds committed for agriculture and the rural development sector.
  • 29% to economic policy and public sector,
  • 18 % to energy sector;
  • 8 % to water ;
  • 8 % to health, and
  • 3% to education and social protection.

 

WB Dushanbe portfolio

  • Consists of 14 projects with a net commitment of US$236 million.
  • The largest share of the portfolio is in agriculture and rural development (27 percent), followed by energy (24 percent), water (18 percent), education (15 percent), health (8 percent), the private sector (4 percent), the public sector (2 percent), and social protection (1 percent).

 

Consists of 14 projects with a net commitment of US$236 million.

 

  1. 1.LAND REGISTRATION AND CADASTRE SYSTEM PROJECT
  2. 2.COTTON SECTOR RECOVERY PROJECT
  3. 3.FERGHANA VALLEY WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT PROJECT
  4. 4.FOOD SECURITY AND SEED IMPORTS PROJECT
  5. 5.PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND WATER MANAGEMENT PROJECT (PAMP)
  6. 6.SECOND DUSHANBE WATER SUPPLY PROJECT
  7. 7.MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
  8. 8.ENERGY LOSS REDUCTION PROJECT
  9. 9.ENERGY EMERGENCY RECOVERY ASSISTANCE PROJECT
  10. 10.EDUCATION FOR ALL – FAST TRACK INITIATIVE III
  11. 11.EDUCATION MODERNIZATION PROJECT
  12. 12.COMMUNITY AND BASIC HEALTH PROJECT
  13. 13.SOCIAL SAFETY NET STRENGTHENING PROJECT

 

GRANTS

  1. 1.PILOT NUTRITION INVESTMENTS IN SEVERELY FOOD INSECURE DISTRICTS OF KHATLON PROVINCE -JAPAN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT FUND GRANT
  2. 2.PROGRAMMATIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY GRANT (PDPG) OPERATIONS – IDA GRANT
  3. 3.PRIVATE SECTOR COMPETITIVENESS PROJECT – IDA GRANT

 

TRUST FUNDS

  1. 1.GRANT FOR TARGETING AND PAYMENT OF SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
  2. 2.TAJIKISTAN PHASE II PROJECT: RUSSIA EDUCATION AID FOR DEVELOPMENT, READ TRUST FUND GRANT
  3. 3.CENTRAL ASIA PROGRAMMATIC POVERTY ANALYSIS SUPPORT -DFID
  4. 4.PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT MODERNIZATION PROJECT
  5. 5.Pilot Program for Climate Resilience
  6. 6.Global Food Security Program
  7. 7.Please visit the wb website for more details: http://www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/document/Tajikistan-Snapshot.pdf

 

Governance initiatives

  • Tajikistan was selected as one of four countries in the ECA region to pilot the Country Governance and Anticorruption (CGAC) framework.
  • Within the CGAC strategy for Tajikistan, the World Bank aims to assist the Government of Tajikistan in tackling three principal governance challenges:
  1. (a)strengthening transparency and accountability in key sectors (agriculture, energy, and private sector development);
  2. (b)developing capacity; and
  3. (c)fostering demand for good governance.
  • Governance interventions will be mainstreamed throughout all projects in the portfolio, with an emphasis on consolidating and scaling up existing instruments of engagement to achieve strategic goals.

 

CGAC strategy recent results

  • A new innovative, project-level tool, Governance Checklist, has been piloted on two projects (Dushanbe Water II, PSD/mining) and rolled out to all new projects in agriculture, health, and tax administration;
  • Increasing transparency and accountability initiatives, at the sector level, include : (i) an energy efficiency audit of TALCO; (ii) a governance assessment of the agriculture sector; and (iii) in private sector, a governance and political economy assessment of the mining sector.
  • A new approach to capacity development, informed by these lessons, has been developed and is being piloted on the Civil Service Department (CSD)

 

Global Partnership for Social Accountability (through 2016)

A new global multi-stakeholder coalition that aims to increase levels of social accountability at the country level.

It will provide strategic and sustained support to beneficiary groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) in developing countries that are working with their governments, to promote greater transparency and accountability.

Support will be provided on two fronts: funding and knowledge.

Through a global grant competition, grants will be made available to CSOs for capacity building, research and knowledge dissemination, networking and programmatic activities related to social accountability in their country. The GPSA will make grants for periods of 3-5 years.

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/CSO/0,,contentMDK:23017716~pagePK:220503~piPK:220476~theSitePK:228717,00.html

 

Mainstreaming Governance interventions IN Tajikistan (2010-2013)

Grant set up in September 2010, implementation ongoing since October 2010; life of the grant: 3 years (projected closing end of FY13)

Seven components

  1. 1.Data Platform and Baselines
  2. 2.Governance Checklist/Political Economy Analysis
  3. 3.Transparency and Accountability in Sectors
  4. 4.Capacity Development
  5. 5.Fostering Demand for Good Governance
  6. 6.Parliament
  7. 7.Grant Administration

 

 

Fostering the demand for good governance in Tajikistan

Achievements and Results for Component 5

  1. vMapping of civil society organizations with experience in governance projects completed by NGO Panorama;
  2. vASTI completed the first monitoring report of Bank-funded project in the health sector;
  3. vNGO Pulse worked on PTA capacity building in education budget monitoring and execution;
  4. vRAND in collaboration with NGO Panorama is working on Citizens Health scorecards;
  5. vMonitoring of the Land Registration & Cadastre System Project is being implemented by NGO Rushdi Dehot
  6. vFacilitation Services for CSO Roundtables on Demand side Governance is being implemented by Tajik National NGO Association;

Strengthening Civil Society Capacity and Involvement in Budgeting Process in Tajikistan is in proposal evaluation process.

 

 

 

RECEARCH as an EFFECTIVE TOOL of CAPACITY BUILDING

Prof. Dr. Abdul Moqim Rahmanzai, University Utara Malaysia

 

 

The results of the survey show:

-          Employees of CSOs require training;

-          Research as a way of enhancing the power and capibility of staff members.

-          Improving the level of confidence and trust of the parties. (government,enterpreunership, society and neighborhood, international organizations-investors).

 

Need for research:

-          Collecting materials for comprehension;

-          Arranging independent connections with relevant parties;

-          Identifying considered necessities;

-          Analyzing and evaluating;

-          Stating/interpreting and recommending;

 

Research measures:

-          Engagement of experienced experts;

-          Real and logical research;

-          Specific research subject;

-          Correct and realistic records of the work process;

-          Use of trusted resources.

 

Conclusion:

Use of researchers and studies on CSOs performances serve the aims. Correct order and implementation of research promote CSOs’ power and capacity.Reliableresearches will enhance the trust and confidence of the parties.

 

 

Group Working Sessions(SWOT: analyzing existent strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats)

 

Group 1. World Bank and Project Implementation Units relations.

Moderators: Muhabbat Pirnazarova, Nurinisso Gafforzoda, Buribek Buribekov.

During the group work participants proposed interesting thoughts and arguments, discussion was held in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and freedom.

For the aim of forming and strengthening relations between CSOs and the World Bank, the group participants addressed some issues to the World Bank:

-          Identifying local preferences with the involvement of civil society and government.

-          Improving the power of young and new emerged organizations through the World Bank, in order to make them competitive.

-          Improving public awareness on the activities of the World Bank and Project Implementation Units.

 

In Conclusion, the following recommendations were noted:

 

Recommendations:

-          To open training school for young and new emerged organizations;

-          To attract social organizations in implementing projects along with Project Implementation Units (PIU).

-          World Bank should accept the National Association of the NGOs as a permanent partner in diminishing civil society problems.

-          At least 30% of the funds that are given to Project Implementation Units, should take effect through the national non-governmental organizations.

-          The funds that are given to Project Implementation Units should take effect through the national association of non-governmental organizations.

-          To allocate preferential credits to civil organizations;

-          To allocate foundationson development and progress for enhancing the power and capacity of civil organizations;

-          To provide full reports and tranperency of World Bank projects and programs and public awareness on their results and implemetations;

-          To strengthen institutions of volunteers:

-          To support youth organizations in Tajikistan;

-          To define the place of social organizations in World Bank strategy;

-          To use and attract the civil societies of Tajikistan in monitoring and evaluation of current World Bank projects;

 

 

Group 2.   Enhancing the power and possibilities of CSOs in monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects.

Moderators: Dilorom Atoboeva, Dodarbek Saydaliev and Fotima Sharipova.

 

Participants of this group decided that they will use the SWOT analysis.

Strengths:

      -     Monitoring results and inner evaluation;

-     Training materials

-     Team of trainees;

-          Network;

-          Knowledge about the specifications of neighborhoods;

-          Tight communication with people

Weaknesses

-          No exchange of experiences;

-          Irregular work of network;

-          Weak reporting;

-          No projects on CSOs’ potentials in Monitoring and Evaluation;

-          No funding;

-          Donors’ negligence;

-          No experts in the sphere of Monitoring and Evaluation;

-          No diversity;

-          Low quality projects

Opportunities

-          Donors’ programs for strengthening CSOs.

-          Study trips;

-          Trainings;

-          Network;

-          Monitoring of governmental organizations;

-          Alternative resources (government and others)

 

Threats

-          Projects declination;

-          The risk of deteriorating relationships with government while conducting Monitoring and Evaluation;

 

 

Recommendations:

-          Deep involvement of CSOs in the activities of Project Implementation Units:

-          Study Tours;

-          Trainings for governmental organizations/structures;

-          Development trainings for CSOs (М&E, reporting, project preparation, analytical skills, etc);

-          Provision of equipments, transport and furniture;

-          To make social commission governmental;

-          To attract diversified experts:

-          To attract donors’ attention to empowerment of CSOs.

Hands-on Session: E-consult.

Farzona Muhiddinova(WB) and Abduaziz Kosimov (NGO Zerkalo).

 

The hands-on session was the last part of the roundatable discussion which was much appreciated by the participants of the event. Farzona and Abduaziz explained the order of the workin a clear and concise way through the E-CONSULTANT2 system and in particular covered entering the system, putting name and address, working procedure in the system, providing statement for project proposal, difficulties during work and ways of solving them, finding answers to questions and ambiguities. In sum, all the peculiarities of the system work were encompassed.

 

The Roundtable Discussion participants thanked the presenters and noted that the system is very up-to-date and will be of a great help for their work.

 

 

February 4, 20133

 

 

 

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