On September 13, the Republican Center for Socio-Economic Development “SABR” in cooperation with the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations held an international conference “The role and importance of socially oriented NGOs in the development of new Uzbekistan”.
Representatives of government agencies and executive bodies, regional business structures, international organizations, foreign partners, NGOs, Local Development Centers, heads of regional mono-centers “Welcome to Work”, the media and others attended the conference.
The Parliamentary Commission on Management of the Public Fund for Support of NGOs and Other Civil Society Institutions under the Oliy Majlis, the Public Fund for Support of NGOs under the Oliy Majlis, DVV Uzbekistan Branch, EU Delegation to Uzbekistan closely cooperated in organizing the conference.
At the conference Malika Kadyrkhanova, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women and Gender Equality, Charlotte Adriaen, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Nozim Husanov, Minister of Employment and Labor Relations, Tekla Kelbert, Director of DVV International in Central Asia (Germany) and others gave a speech.
The first Local Development Centers were opened in Samarkand region with the support of DVV International, the European Union and other international organizations in 2011-2017.
In 2017, NCSED “SABR” with the financial support of the Public Foundation under the Oliy Majlis, social order of the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations, as well as international partners - DVV branch in Uzbekistan (Germany), URU Connect (UK) began implementing projects aimed at providing quality social services to the rural poor, informal adult education, development of social partnerships between government, business structures and NGOs.
All countries are experiencing a process of globalization, including Uzbekistan. For the first time in history, people have entered an age of almost complete uncertainty, when a PhD or diploma no longer guarantees stable employment and a steady income. This forces both professionals and people with no specialty to constantly learn and retrain, and leaders at all levels to think about the role of education and culture in the socio-economic development of the city and region and to take certain steps to lift them up. As a result, there are communities, cities, regions, villages and organizations that are called “learning”.
NGO “SABR” is both a teaching and a learning organization. Projects implemented by the National Center for Socio-Economic Development “SABR” and partner NGOs are characterized by a comprehensive approach based on training, the use of innovative methods and focus on results:
- a network of socially oriented NGOs with experience in providing social services to target groups has been created;
- training modules for women and youth from low-income rural families in intensive courses have been developed and delivered at the Local Development Centers;
- there is a social partnership between socially oriented non-profit organizations and government agencies in solving the problem of poverty reduction;
- developing a system of adult education, lifelong learning through the creation of non-formal, innovative approaches in the education of women, girls, young people, which contributes in the future employment and income generation.
Based on an integrated and comprehensive approach, Local Development Centers are currently operated by Socially Oriented NGO: the “Golden Heritage of Aral Sea” Republic of Karakalpakstan, the Andijan branch of the “Tadbirkor Ayol” Association, the Bukhara branch of the “Tadbirkor Ayol” Association, “Kalb Nuri” in Jizzak, “Yuksalish” in Kashkadarya, “Imkoniyat” in Navoi region, “Ayol va Zamon” in Surkhandarya, “Tarakkiyot” in Fergana, “Interbilim” in Khorezm, “Oilam va Men” in Namangan, Syrdarya Branch of “Tadbirkor Ayol” Association, “Nihol” of Tashkent region and in 10 rural districts, such as: Izboskan, Buston, Vobkent, Peshkun, Zarbdor, Mirishkor, Chirakchi, Khonka, Akdarya and Urgut districts of Samarkand region.
About 5,000 low-income women and youth were trained in 18 vocational skills and more than half of them are employed and self-employed. More than 570 micro-loans totaling more than 2 billion soums were issued to start their micro-business.
We trained 126 mentors, 42 trainers and developed modules in 18 professional areas for 128 hours of training as well as delivered 35-hour socio-economic and mobilization training.