On January 25-29, Tashkent is hosting a winter school for representatives of NGOs and other stakeholders in Uzbekistan, “Increasing the potential of public organizations, developing cooperation and partnership with governmental authorities, advocacy, and assessing the needs of local communities”.
The winter school is held within the framework of the project “Innovative Uzbekistan”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the non-profit Belgian organization ODB Brussels in partnership with the NGO Eco Forum of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan) and the non-profit organization New Diplomacy (Czech Republic).
Mr Jussi Narvi, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan: “Today, we are witnessing increasingly serious climate and environmental challenges around the world, and the transition to a green economy is becoming more important than ever. European Union is committed to this priority in its policy and the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
A total of 34 participants were accepted from 12 regions of the country to attend the school, ranging from the Republic of Karakalpakstan to the city of Tashkent. A specific feature of the program is that the participants not only receive a large base of theoretical knowledge, but also learn how to develop strategies that can further be used in their work, receive expert assessment and recommendations.
The first block of the training took place on January 25-27 and was dedicated to cooperating with the government and local authorities, conducting advocacy, and fostering public participation in the development and discussion of government’s policies in the areas of environmental protection and sustainable development. The invited coach of the block, Jeff Lovitt, is a European expert, chairman of New Diplomacy from the Czech Republic.
Along with European presenters at the school, local specialists also presented expert assessments of the local context for citizens’ engagement in policymaking. Artur Mustafin, adviser to the NGO "LOGOS", discussed with the participants’ questions and answers about the possibilities of involving citizens and NGOs in public policymaking and in setting strategic priorities in the field of environment /sustainable development for the country. On the third day, participants conducted a SWOT analysis and stakeholder mapping vis-a-vis influencing the decision-making process.
On the third day, groups of participants developed advocacy plans in their chosen policy areas.
On January 28-29, within the framework of the winter school, the second block of training on the assessment of the needs in local communities (CNA) will take place. The invited expert is Maxim Padbiarozkin, NGO capacity building coach, executive director of the Global Compact network from Minsk (Belarus).
The plan of the first day is to study the Participatory community appraisal / planning methodology, or community needs assessment. Participants will prepare the assessments under the guidance of the coach in seven regions of Uzbekistan.
The event planners hope that on the final day of the training, the working groups formed will be able to go deeper into the topic and identify the key priorities for the regions. The following is to be done for each location: an information analysis of the problems, informing members of the local community, planning based on the assessment and working out the practical aspects of participatory assessment.
After intensive training in Tashkent, participants will be further immersed in the topic by taking an advanced course of specially designed online programme.
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The main objective of the project “Innovative Uzbekistan” (2020-2022) is to strengthen the capacity of Uzbek NGOs for promoting their innovative expertise and recommendations in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.