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Learning to write quality projects

Written by Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:43 Published in News 0

April 10th-11th in Almaty, «Association of Women with Disabilities «Shyrak» is conducting a training course "Learning to write quality projects" for employees of non-governmental organizations working with people with disabilities from Almaty, Astana, and Kostanay.

The training is interactive and encourages active participation of listeners. Trainer Zahira Begalieva gives interesting practical tasks and exercises. Many participants admit that they have repeatedly submitted applications to various donor organizations but their lack of knowledge and skills in drafting the documents, inability to properly develop a budget, draw up a logical framework, or clearly state the goals and tasks did not allow them to succeed in receiving grants.

"I am very glad that I am participating in this training. I am here to learn how to develop projects and apply for grants because I am going to open my own business - a massage room where I will hire people with disabilities", – said one of the participants of the training, a disabled person Ella Petrovets from Talgar.

 

The training includes the following topics: basic objectives and concepts of fundraising: raising funds to support social projects and organizations; building long-term relationships with current and potential donors; target audience – how to define and influence it; rules for formulating project tasks by analyzing the needs and problems of target audience; a clear presentation of goals and objectives of the project, what is the difference between them and how not to confuse them? Creating a project plan and stages of its implementation; the project budget: where to start? Items of expenditure and necessary resources, evaluation and monitoring of project implementation as a tool to increase effectiveness, quality and transparency of NGOs’ work.

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Agrarian portal was presented for farmers in Almaty oblast

Written by Tuesday, 11 April 2017 10:39 Published in News 0

Farmers and representatives of Koksu district akimats of Almaty region gathered today for a training seminar where they were presented the first domestic agro-portal "agrobiz.kz".

"When I first heard about the seminar, I was biased against it. I was convinced that this training is just a formality, without concrete benefits. But after the presentation of the project, when I saw how easy and affordable this project is for our farmers, my opinion has definitely changed," - says Balpyk rural district akim Aliya Kaliyeva.

According to the organizers of the event, in the long-run, the portal will be a unified database of farmers and rural districts from all over Kazakhstan.

 

The agro-portal was created within the framework of the GGIF project "Farmers of Kazakhstan". The project team "Farmers of Kazakhstan" also plans to work in the South Kazakhstan and Zhambyl oblasts.

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On April 3rd-4th in Turkestan in the South Kazakhstan oblast, a technical meeting took place during which the results of a sociological study "Studying equal access to public services for people with disabilities in remote settlements of  Shelek region" conducted by the Almaty Center for the Study of Public Opinion were presented. Then a two-day training was held for professionals providing public services.

Within the framework of the training seminar for professionals providing public services, such problems as work ethics, specifics of working with people with disabilities, and proper ways of serving clients with disabilities were presented.

"We have learned a lot. The seminar-training was lively and practical," - says Gulzada, participant of the training.

"Using games, exercises, and homework, we were able to better understand the difficulties and problems experienced by the people with disabilities, now we understand them better", - shares one of the employees of the Public service center Turali.

The participants of the meeting were told about the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the transition from social protection to the creation of equal opportunities. The main principles of providing public services for people with disabilities and ways of interaction between state bodies and civil society for improving the provision of public services were discussed using the example of the "Public service centers" department branch in Almaty oblast and Corporate Foundation "Yerekshe Tandau-Shelek".

"We were the ones to create models of future institutions for providing public services for people with disabilities. Now, we can raise the issue of making services more accessible in our own districts”, - added another participant of the seminar Yerzhan.

After Turkestan, the seminar "Public services - accessible to all" was held in the city of Saryagash in the South Kazakhstan oblast. Here the seminar was attended by document reception specialists of the Public Service Centers from Ordubasy, Maktaaral, Sayram, Tolebi districts of the South Kazakhstan oblast. 16 people in total.

 

"I really liked the training. I would like to see such trainings more often so that people with disabilities could receive barrier-free access to public services," -  the head of the sector of  Ordabasy district department of employment and social programs H.Akmolda summed up.

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GGIF project “TEENS is an accessible and qualitative help” to prevent suicidal behavior among children and teenagers participated in two meetings of experts hosted by the Analytical group KIPR in Almaty and Kazakhstanian institute for strategic surveys under the President of Kazakhstan in Astana.

The aim of the meeting was to develop measures to prevent the situation that was observed in Kazakhstan in February.  Those days a splash of activity showed Internet community in “groups of death” in social network. The effect of those groups was destructive in involving teenagers into the “game” that results in depression and, and in some cases, in attempts to commit a suicide.

The results of the pilot project-2016 were presented at the meeting as well as the recommendation to apply service http://www.teenslive.kz as a preventive measure against suicides among teenagers.

 

Recommendations will be included into the analytical reports to be submitted to Majilis Chamber of Parliament and Administration of the President of Kazakhstan.

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Akimat: over 20 people daily visit website "Accessible Pavlodar"

Written by Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:17 Published in News 0

Deputy akim of Pavlodar region Meiram Begentayev at the expanded board meeting of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of  Kazakhstan, held on February 21, 2017 in Astana, presented GGIF project "Accessible Pavlodar".

First, he reminded that the project "Accessible Pavlodar" is implemented by the Public foundation "TANDAU" with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the framework of the Eurasia Foundation for Central Asia (EFCA).

"The main vector in the formation of an accessible environment is a comprehensive system that ensures the rights and improves the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.  In this work, non-governmental organizations have been our assistants, or rather partners. For instance, public foundation "TANDAU" has created the website "Accessible Pavlodar", where information about the accessibility of buildings with photo and video reviews is posted”, - told M. Begentayev.

He added that the website has become very popular. “The website is visited daily by at least 20 people. The feature of the website is its user-friendly interface and, of course, its interactivity - users can add their suggestions, comments, and reviews”, - shared opinion regional deputy akim.

 

Among the participants of the board were Tamara Duisenova, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, representatives of the Administration of the President, Office of the Prime minister, central state bodies, deputies of the Parliament, akims of the oblasts and others.

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On 21st of February Julia Natarova, the specialist of Social and Corporate Fund “ZUBR” (city of Ust-Kamenogorsk), presented midterm results of "Model of integrated special social services- replicating experience" project before the expanded panel of the Ministry of labour and social protection. This project   is realized in the framework of Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia under the financial support of USAID.  

Over 500 specialists participated in the work of the panel, including ministry staff headed by the minister Tamara Duysenova as well as members of parliament, presidents administration representatives, prime minister's executive office, “Nur Otan” party, budget monitoring committee, national economy, finances, healthcare, investments and development and other ministries. The panel also included representatives of local executive bodies on this particular sphere from cities Astana and Almaty and all 14 oblasts of Kazakhstan.

It was noted that "it has been 8 years since the law "On special social services" had passed", and issue of integration in the sphere of special social services is on the agenda today”.

According to the law, 11 categories of people and families in difficult circumstances have the right to special social services. Not only the social protection organizations but educational, healthcare, law enforcement (penal service and local police service) entities.

If today every sphere is acting according to its own rules, and the client has to visit various institutions to receive the service, tomorrow, thanks to the implementation of the integrated model of special social services, the procedures of these services would be considerably simplified. The number of steps taken by potential service receivers would be reduced from 15-18 to 1-3 depending of the complexity of the issue.

Access to guaranteed social services and benefits would be ensured by the principle of "one window".

 

The pilot project was launched a year and a half ago in the East Kazakhstan oblast. Today, the interest agency teams are working in Akmola, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan oblasts and in the cities of Astana and Almaty.

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Аlmaty, Kazakhstan – February 23, 2017. Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) under financial support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted on February 20-23, 2017 in Almaty Regional meeting to launch a new component of the project «Good Governance Initiative Fund», realized both in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

The aim is to initiate the dialogue between participants to work out the plan on building of organization capacity, and to teach grantees visually and graphically demonstrate project achievements and results in order to arouse interest to the problem on the part of society, government and potential donors. 

More than twenty NGOs from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan learned how to apply 6 rules of creating visual text slides, how to use metaphors and fables for visualization of information, and how to speak the language of visual communication (physiology and specifics of visual perception, neuromarketing, gestalt).

«Training on infographics and data visualization, conducted by the expert from Russia Ivan Pechischev, was interesting and useful for public organizations, business and donors. Main focus for public organizations is to make report for beneficiaries. An annual report, as a rule, consists minimum of 20-25 pages, therefore it requires a lot of time to read it. The way out is to create report with the help of graphics, diagrams. Report for donors should demonstrate the whole process», - commented Shukhrat Latipov, Public organization «Tajikistanian network of women, living with HIV».

Trainer Timur Khodzhayev said that participants of his training will be able to apply new skills in practice.

«Group is highly motivated. To my mind, each of them will successfully apply acquired knowledge and skills in practice in order to attract potential donors for their projects. I tried to explain the specifics of visualization with simply language, starting with anatomy and physiology of perception of visual image», - said Timur Khodzhayev.

Simultaneously with trainings an expert from Armenia Anush Begloyan held 30-minute individual interviews with the heads of grant projects to evaluate the effectiveness of advocacy project component. Interviews helped to determine the needs and NGO’s potential from the point of view of organization sustainability and development as well as ability to reach a long-term vision in the frames of grants. Experts collected and analyzed grantees ideas and opinions to define the most suitable and comfortable methods and tools for capacity building.

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Public Foundation “Aman-Saulyk” with the support of the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia under the project “Improvement of the legislative norms on prevention, testing and treatment HIV/AIDS in Kazakhstan” carried out a contest among journalists and bloggers of print, electronic and internet media for the most objective and reliable publications on sustainability of opioid substitution therapy (OST) in Kazakhstan. A special commission represented by the Ministry of Health and Social Development, Anti-Drug Trafficking Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, public figures, journalists and NGOs looked through 13 contest publications in newspapers, TV and radio channels, internet media. Competitive materials were evaluated due to the following criteria: compliance and adherence to the issue, comprehensiveness, relevance, creativity and overall impression. “In our activities to raise the accessibility of supporting substitution therapy in Kazakhstan we followed the aphorism of a well-known writer Jordan Belfort: “If correctly explain to people “why”, they will find the way to “how”. Knowing the sensibility of Kazakhstani people to the “word” of journalists in issues of public information, non-governmental organizations rely on you, dear journalists”, - said the president of the Public Foundation “Aman-Saulyk” Bakhyt Tumenova at awarding ceremony in December 23, 2016. She announced the winners of the contest: the 1st place and monetary prize 100 000 tenge went to Dina Amirova (“Yurydicheskaya gazeta”, Media Corporation ZAN), 2nd place and prize 90 000 tenge – Svetlana Egorova (Information public network “Formator”), 3rd place and prize 80 000 tenge – Almira Alishbayeva (newspaper “Diapazon”) and Gulbanu Mukhtarkulova (Kazakh radio).

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A new project “Reforming Legal Aid for the Vulnerable in Kazakhstan” is launched by the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Kazakhstan. The project aims to enhance the protection of individual rights of vulnerable people in particular in the wider criminal and civil justice systems, through improving quality of and access to government funded legal aid. The total grant amount is EUR 311,192. The location of the action will cover seven regions of Kazakhstan – Almaty, South Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Karagandy, Pavlodar, East Kazakhstan and West Kazakhstan regions. Project duration is 24 months (from January 2017 to December 2018). The project is a continuation of a series of EFCA projects to promote human rights, in particular of the vulnerable groups in Kazakhstan. It includes carrying out a large-scale research on the situation of access and quality of government funded legal aid, as well as monitoring and analysis of the legislation in this field. In addition, there will be a study tour to Georgia, in the course of which Kazakhstani delegation will have an opportunity to examine in detail the success experience of this country in ensuring access of the vulnerable to the guaranteed legal aid. The expected results of the project activities include the following – to identify major challenges and barriers preventing vulnerable people from accessing government funded legal aid; to develop a set of recommendations for improvement of access and quality of legal aid, including specific recommendations to the current legislation of Kazakhstan; as well as improving the access of the vulnerable groups to the legal aid. The project will be implemented in partnership with the Public Foundation "Taldykorgan Human Rights Center", as well as in collaboration with the external expert, lawyer Ayman Umarova. "This project is of great practical significance, as it aims to ensure an equal access of citizens to legal aid, with particular focus on vulnerable groups. To achieve this goal we need first to improve the status of lawyers in the country and create an effective system of legal aid provision through the use of the best international practices," said Viktor Ten, the project partner and director of the PF "Taldykorgan Human Rights Center".

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NGO to play a significant role in providing an access to HIV rapid testing

Written by Thursday, 16 February 2017 23:28 Published in News 0

Organization of legal entities “KazUnion of people living with HIV” within the program of USAID/PEPFAR under the project of Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia “Good Governance Initiative Fund” hosted a working meeting on January, 20 to discuss the role of NGOs in providing an access to HIV rapid testing.

“Non-governmental sector should play a significant role in providing an access to HIV rapid testing. Activities undertaken by public organizations will increase the number of those who need HIV testing, and will result in reasonable use of funding, finally having a positive effect on epidemiological situation in the country”, - said the head of National Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS Baurzhan Baiserkin, opening the discussion.

The president of the Organization of legal entities “KazUnion of people living with HIV” Nuraly Amanzholov mentioned that a number of NGOs in many regions of Kazakhstan actively work on the projects to assist groups to be the most vulnerable to the risk of contracting of HIV infection. Launching a service of HIV rapid-testing will demonstrate the effectiveness of those projects. “HIV express-testing is the resource that will enable to broaden the range of test receivers and increase the quality of the projects under realization”, - he added.

Draft of the Methodological manual on algorithm of conducting consultation and testing for HIV with the help of rapid testing through NGOs was presented at the meeting.

Participants were active in expressing ideas, comments and recommendations while discussing the content of the manual. Finally it was decided to make some minor changes to the document and have it fully completed by the end of January.

Discussion of the ways to provide HIV rapid-testing through NGO made a focus on definite issues that could be solved at the legislative level.

“We will continue working on elaboration of documents, regulating an access to HIV testing through NGOs. Apart from that, a draft order of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development on implementing of pilot projects on rapid testing for HIV through NGOs in 2017” is under way”, - said Lyubov Chubukova, Director of the project “Access to HIV rapid-testing through NGOs in Kazakhstan”.

As we have informed, the aim of the meeting was to join efforts of government, international organizations and civil sector for developing a common strategy to launch a service on HIV rapid-testing through NGOs.

The participants of the working meeting included the representatives from the Ministry of Public Health and Social Development, National Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS, International organizations (ICAP, CDC, PSI), NGOs.

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