Five Co-Working Spaces for NGOs Get Created in the Regions of Uzbekistan
On February 23, Hamdard Center for Social, Medical and Legal Support of Vulnerable Population in Urgench, Khorezm Region, has held an official opening of a co-working center for nongovernmental nonprofit organizations.
This is the fifth co-working space for training and work of civic activists, created under the ‘Partnership for Innovations’ Program in Uzbekistan.
The co-working space, which is based in the House of Friendship and NGOs in Khorezm Region, is aimed at creating an accessible, comfortable working platform for improving the professional knowledge and skills of representatives of NGOs in the region. They will have access to educational and technical resources, including the web academy (http://www.studyorg.uz/).
NGO Hamdard is planning to conduct seminars on the effective use of modern tools for online work, including ZOOM platforms and others. During trainings and consultations for NGO employees, the emphasis will be on the methods and aspects of developing policies and procedures, promoting fundraising, motivating volunteers, writing and managing projects, assessing the needs of target groups.
Earlier, four co-working spaces for NGOs started operating in Navoi, Tashkent, Khorezm and Ferghana regions.
So, on January 5, 2021, Tumaris Women’s and Youth Center of Navoi Region presented a co-working center, which is based in the House of Friendship and NGOs in Navoi. An open and accessible space is meant for constructive dialogue and interaction between NGOs and government agencies. Employees of public structures will have access to the Internet, including the web academies of NGO, office equipment, and will be able to improve their knowledge and skills in organizational development.
On February 18, three co-working spaces opened at once. One of such spaces available for NGO activists and volunteers is the resource-legal co-working center for gender education – Nihol Initiative Support Development Center in Tashkent.
An infrastructure has been created here for the accumulation of human capital by creating conditions for joint activities of NGOs and the development of social projects. In the near future, experts at the co-working space will conduct trainings on organizational development and strategic planning for NGO staff and on providing psychological assistance to victims of domestic violence for psychologists and volunteers.
Another co-working space was created on the base of Taraqqiyot Center for Support and Development of the Population in Ferghana. This is an open and accessible space for constructive dialogue and interaction between NGOs and government agencies.
NGO Taraqqiyot promotes the idea of creating a republican association of drinking water supply organizations. The co-working space will be used to increase the potential of NGOs, to solve the problems of technical and informational support of their activities. In particular, trainings on organizational development and strategic planning, financial management and volunteering are planned.
On February 18, NGO Ezgu Niyat in Kokand presented the ‘Successful Space’Project, aimed at creating an accessible space for civic activists and people with disabilities in Kokand. The organization’s specialists and mentors will train employees of public structures in writing project applications, drawing up reports, auditing activities, and fundraising. The consultants will conduct online and offline mentoring of the training participants.
The increase in the number of co-working spaces in the regions of the country is aimed at meeting the needs of NGOs in modern and accessible workspaces, qualitatively increasing the potential of representatives of civil society institutions, and establishing effective interaction between NGOs and government agencies.
For reference: Accessible, fitted up with the necessary equipment workspaces and zones for increasing the potential of civic activists have appeared at five pilot NGOs of the ‘Partnership for Innovations’Program in Uzbekistan. The Program is being implemented by Yuksalish Nationwide Movement and ARGO Civil Society Development Association, Kazakhstan, with financial support of the United States Agency for International Development, USAID.
Press Office, Yuksalish Nationwide Movement