The results of the study "State and problems of civil society in Uzbekistan" were presented
Dated May 26, 2021 a seminar was held in Tashkent with the participation of local and foreign experts, government agencies and public organizations involved in the development of civil society in Uzbekistan.
During the event, the key results of the analytical study "State and Problems of Civil Society in Uzbekistan", carried out within the framework of a joint project of the Nationwide Movement "Yuksalish" and the Foundation Central Asia "PeaceNexus" were discussed.
It was noted that, realizing the role of civil society institutions, Uzbekistan is purposefully introducing mechanisms to support and stimulate them. Their capabilities are expanding. A significant liberalization of legislation in the field of NGOs has been launched. The actual barriers limiting the activities of public organizations are being removed. Including at more than 70 government agencies and institutions, public councils have been created. The volume of subsidies and grants allocated to civil society institutions has doubled over the past three years. The obstacles to the receipt and use of foreign grants by NGOs have been removed. The transformations are ongoing, and much remains to be done.
To study the dynamics of the development of civil society institutions (CSIs) in Uzbekistan and identify ways to further strengthen this process through cooperation with national and international partners, the Nationwide Movement "Yuksalish" and the Foundation Central Asia "PeaceNexus" conducted a field study. The research was conducted in four phases, including a desk review, a methodological workshop, on-site focus group discussions and in-depth interviews.
To ensure transparency of data and correct sampling, partnerships have been established with national NGOs. According to the collected data, there are two types of NGOs in Uzbekistan: 65 percent are so-called “gongo” (NGOs initiated by the state), 35% are local / self-initiated NGOs. The study covered 338 NGOs - both “gongo” and self-initiated NGOs - from all 14 administrative-territorial units of the country.
Data collection was carried out in two stages: the first - discussion in focus groups separately with the "gongo" and self-initiated NGOs; the second - in-depth interviews with experts selected from NGOs for a more detailed disclosure of research questions.
Based on the results of the study, recommendations for civil society institutions were formed. These include the creation of mutual assistance programs to support each other and attract the younger generation to the NGO sector, support regional NGOs and involve them in national or joint programs to build their potential, and others. In addition, the importance of supporting regional NGOs, especially from remote areas, and working with the most vulnerable groups on the ground, creating an interactive space for NGOs and their activities, is noted. An important aspect is increasing the potential of NGO employees, building up their competencies, including through special training courses.
After the presentation and discussion of the main results of the analytical study, the participants expressed their views and proposals for the further development of civil society in Uzbekistan.
Press Service of the Nationwide Movement "Yuksalish"