Government identifies priority directions of Government-NGO cooperation
Kazakhstan business should cooperate actively with the government and non-governmental organizations, Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society Nurlan Yermekbayev voiced opinion.
According to the Minister, state authorities continue to build interaction with NGOs, but there is a need to actively attract business for partnership. Thus it is necessary to build an effective system of tripartite partnership.
Kazakhstan has today a new platform for such cooperation � Civil Initiatives Support Center. Business could provide grants for NGOs, so there is need to make up local systems for monitoring of business participation in social partnership with NGOs.
In general, in order to further improve the level of government interaction with the NGOs, a number of systematic measures are provided.
For instance, in order to increase the efficiency of joint projects, central and local state bodies need to work on improving the quality of state social services, to involve actively the NGOs in forming the subject of projects, as well as to expand the sectorial focus of social projects.
The Ministry is revising the current regulatory framework for civil sector issues. The defects identified will be applied in elaboration of clear legal mechanisms for the formation, monitoring and evaluation of the results of state social order, NGO services standardization.
Amendments to the rules of grants are being prepared jointly with NGOs. Central state bodies are proposed to be involved in forming the theme and funding, and the local executive bodies are proposed to be empowered for grant funding for regional NGOs.
According to the Minister, the NGO sustainability in small towns and rural areas can be achieved through the organization of information and resource centers activities. In NGO experts’ words, there is a need to establish the consulting centers in regional centers, Astana and Almaty cities, which will provide a wide range of services to NGOs and citizens. In this connection, the akimats are invited to find an opportunity to provide empty spaces for civilian centers on the one stop principle. Their activities may be coordinated by the Civil Initiatives Support Center.
In addition, it is proposed to establish ASAR – a trilateral platform of government, business and NGOs � for a wide involvement of business community in social partnership. The forum should be annually held across the country. One of the priorities of this platform will be social entrepreneurship development.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan