On June 4, 2014 Kyrgyz National Universityin cooperation with representatives of the Consortium of universities and with the support of the USAID-funded Collaborative Governance Program and its partner Johns Hopkins University, successfully conducted the First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference: "The Kyrgyz Civil Society in Theory and Practice."Conference-participants 3500

Photo: Participants of the First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference: "The Kyrgyz Civil Society in Theory and Practice" representing CSOs, the Consortium of Universities, Johns Hopkins University and the private sector.

On June 5-6, 2014, Joe McNeely and Nancy Hall, Professors on Nonprofit Management at Johns Hopkins University conducted the 3rd Professional Development Workshop (PDW) for 18 university professors from 8 Consortium member universities, which represented Issyk-Kul, Osh, Batken, Jalalabad, Naryn, Talas and Bishkek. During the workshop, the participants finalized the 1st course syllabus: "Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector and Nonprofit Management" and started development of the 2nd course syllabus on: "Nonprofit Organizations in the Modern World: The Roles of the Nonprofit Sector." During PDW, the participants identified the purpose of the 2nd course and and topics that should be taught during the class. The participants developed a work plan and identified homework assignments to be given to students. As part of the last day events, professors McNeely and Hall discussed issues critical to the success of CSOs such as accountability, the role of higher education institutions and the non-profit sector; observed final presentations of the participant professors on the 1st syllabus; followed by the closing ceremony.

On May 16th, over 30 representatives from the Apparatus of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministries of Health and Social Development, the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund, CSOs, and members from the donors community attended the presentation of the  Draft Law on Social Procurement (Draft Law on SP) organized by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), - an implementing partner of the Collaborative Governance Program; the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan; and the Working Group established by the Ministry of Social Development.

AbdimannapMuratov, Head of the Department on Education, Culture and Sports, Apparatus of the PM’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic, gave the opening remarks and provided comments on the Draft Law on SP

Abdimannap Muratov, Head of the Department on Education, Culture and Sports, Apparatus of the PM’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic, gave the opening remarks and provided comments on the Draft Law on SP

In April and May 2014, the Collaborative Governance Program, through its partners the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Association of Civil Society Support Centers, conducted regional public hearings and discussions of the Draft Law on State Procurement of Social Services (Draft Law on SP).

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Over 31 participants - including representatives of CSOs, University professors, lecturers, and students - attended a guest lecture from Nargiza Abdraimova, a lawyer at the legal company “DE URE Consult” and specialist in the field of civil law and litigation.

Nargiza Abdraimova’s lively and informative lecture was very helpful for CSOs, students and faculty members.

Nargiza Abdraimova’s lively and informative lecture was very helpful for CSOs, students and faculty members.