Goals and objectives: Public councils are a mechanism of public control over state bodies and their activities, including processes of formulation and implementation of state policy and ensuring feedback between the state bodies and the citizens. The solution is meant to improve performance of the state bodies and facilitate better quality of public services delivery.
Implementation: The councils were established by then President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Roza Otunbaeva, in 2010 and within the UNDP Capacity Development Facility Project for 2010-2015. To lead and facilitate the process of establishing the public councils, a relevant commission was formed on a competitive basis through voting by 33 representatives of CSOs. It now comprises 15 members, 10 from CSOs and 5 from state agencies. Forty-one public councils have been under various ministries and agencies, consisting of 545 members with 171 women members. Public councils are focused on the work of each state agency they are attached to.
Close collaboration between state agencies and PCs resulted in improved quality of formulation and implementation policy and programmes of state institutions. Pressure from public councils also made state agencies become result-oriented, i.e. the Government has adopted a new performance evaluation system, comprised of the citizen’s trust index.
The Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Public Councils of the State Bodies, adopted on 24 May 2014, institutionalized the public councils and ensured sustainability of the solution.
Replication: The solutions can be replicated in the countries in need of public administration reform and fighting corruption in state institutions.
Budget: approx. $96,000
Partners: The Government, civil society organizations, Open Society Foundations, USAID.
Mr. Alexander Kashkarev
Policy and Programme Analyst
Democratic Governance Programme
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic
Address: 160 Chuy Ave., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Phone number: +996-312-611211 ext. 122 (w.) +996-770-952095 (mob.)
Solution: Local artisans from Central Asian countries face numerous challenges in selling handmade products both at the local and international levels due to lack of knowledge and experience in online marketing, e-money, exporting and approaching more clients.
Goals and objectives: To help talented artisans solve these problems and transform their businesses in self-sustainable ways through high technology, the Business Clinic of Central Asia (BCCA) with support from the USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI came up with a social entrepreneurship based solution to market handmade products globally on the ArtAsian web site http://artasian.co/)
Implementation: Artasian.co is an online marketplace where one can purchase handicraft products, ranging from home decor to accessories and clothing made of eco-friendly materials whose design was inspired by the Great Silk Road. Through ArtAsian, the solution also contributes to the conservation of the Central Asian cultures and raising awareness about local traditions, providing artists with alternative channels for sale of their items, promoting eco-friendly and natural products.
Initially, young entrepreneurs participated in a 10-week intensive boot camp conducted by local and international mentors with support of IDEAGRAD (then BCCA, http://ideagrad.com/), a partner of ArtAsian, for free. Upon completing the boot camp, seven received initial seed capital of $1,000 for each startup from IDEAGRAD.
ArtAsian supports artisans to reach customers globally by offering services in:
The impact that the solution brings to artisans was acknowledged in the Mobile Eurasia Challenge competition in Moscow in January 2016, where ArtAsian.co won first place among 20 ventures from Armenia, Russia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and earned $15,000. InFebruary 2016, the solution took third place in the World Mobile Challenge in Barcelona, Spain.
Replication: The solution can be a model for start-ups in countries with artisans dispersed to provide access to local and global markets.
Budget: $17,000 (including the seed capital).
Partners: Ideagrad (then BCCA, USAID Business Growth Initiative (BGI), World Nomad Games – Olympiad of ethnic and nomad sports.
Contact person: Nursultan Sulaimanov, Timur Turataliev
Phone: +996 777 218 699; +996 557 290 190 (Whatsapp)
Goals and objectives: to ensure better income for the producer by enabling them to produce improved, cost-effective processing and marketing of their products and enhance the economic and social lives of small-family businesses in rural areas.
Implementation: provided quality production and decreased production costs of small- and medium-sized farmers by moving together. Thanks to Tire Milk Cooperation, milk production increase is six times total milk production increase in Turkey.
Replication: The solution can be replicated in the countries with the emerging or evolving cooperative movement.
Budget: The annual turnover of 150 million TL
Partners: Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (Consulting Partner)
Tire Milk Agricultural Development Cooperative
Address : İbn-i Melek Mahallesi Turgut Özal Bulvarı No:67 Tire / İZMİR
Fax : +90 232 512 81 11
Telephone : +90 232 512 10 41 (pbx)
Goals and objectives: The mission of the cooperative is to ensure more income for producers by enabling them to produce better, cost-effective processing and marketing of their products. The cooperative is aimed at improving the economic and social lives of rural communities. So far, its membership has reached 2,085 shareholders, having started with 580 shareholders in 2002.
Implementation: To contribute to economic development and social peace, the cooperative is driven by the motto “Not Monopolisation But Cooperatives.” In order to reduce production expenses, the solution offers the following services to its shareholders:
Achievements: The cooperative has increased its net assets 32-fold in 13 years and is an important employment source with 285 employees. That number was 11 people in 2002. Due to the Tire Milk Cooperative, efforts on milk production in Turkey have increased four times. The achievement of the cooperative was recognized by FAO by being awarded the title “Example Model of Rural Development.”
Replication: The solution offers a sustainable and successful model of cooperative management that can be replicated in countries in need to develop the cooperatives system.
Partners: IFAD, Ege University, Directorate of Public Education
İbn-i Melek Mahallesi Turgut Özal Bulvarı No:67 Tire / İZMİR, Turkey
Mahmut ESKİYÖRÜK Chairman of Tire Milk Cooperative
Phone: +90 532 111 0 875
Fax: : +90 232 512 81 11
Goals and objectives: The Tire dairy cooperative is a unique story of extraordinary people who contribute to social development. With 2,085 members in 63 villages and285 employees, it aıms to ımprove the economıc and socıal lıves of small-famıly busınesses ın rural areas.
Implementation: The cooperative collects 197 tons of milk daily from 50,000 cows and contributes to the income of the villagers. The cooperative has increased its net assets 32-fold in 13 years. The cooperative has changed lives by giving more income and opportunity to farmers and the city. FAO named Tire Milk Cooperative an “Example Model of Rural Development.” Now, the cooperative plays a crucial role in the livestock sector in Turkey.
As an advanced farmer-based organization, Tire Milk Cooperative has trends to:
Tire Milk Cooperative has developed partnerships with: Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MFAL); İzmir Provincial Directorate of MFAL; the Tire District Directorate of MFAL; Izmir Metropolitan Municipality; Tire Municipality; Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (Consulting Partner); Agricultural Research Institute; Department of Training, Extension, and Publications; private companies in the dairy production chain (produce, process, store, transport and sell dairy products); agricultural input providers; Agricultural Bank and other banks; Animal Breeders Association.
Achivements: As a result of these partnerships, the Milk For Schools project was successfully conducted for five years between 2008-2013 with the cooperation of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and Tire Milk Cooperative. Milk is being distributed in 250 schools for 20,000 students every week. The project turned into a nationwide project called Spring Lamb.
Spring Lamb Project: The project was conducted again in cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Every week, the cooperative provides two liters of milk each to 125,000 families with toddlers (0-5 years of age), who cannot afford it.
These solutions were implemented without any additional financial costs.
Replication: As a pilot in Turkey, it provides an example of classic government support model for cooperative development. It has some similarities with the “Zero Hunger” program in Brazil, launched by the UN agency FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization). Due to efficient collaboration between Government and agricultural cooperatives or associations, the food was purchased from local farmers; afterwards, school lunch service and a shared kitchen provided fresh, cooked food for the poorest.
Turkey, Menemen / İzmir
International Agricultural Research and Training Center (IARTC)
Telephone : +90 232 831 10 52 Fax: +90 232 831 10 51
Solution: The agriculture sector in Turkey faces structural problems in terms of access to investment, information and technology. Agricultural employment rates are in steady decline and many farmers are operating without critical agricultural information, which significantly decreases the efficiency and the product quality. They also remain isolated from alternative markets, relying on the same archaic intermediary mechanisms to sell their crops.
Goals and Objectives: The Farmers' club project was initiated in 2009 with the aim to bring information technologies accessible and affordable to the majority of farmers to the agricultural production and marketing.
Implementation: The Farmers’ Club is a partnership between TABIT/Tarimsal Pazarlama and Vodafone, which enables famers to enjoy free phone calls between farmers, receive SMS alerts with the government information on new regulations and financial support, weather forecasts and market price quotes linked to locations and types of products, which helps to reach buyers easily.
The solution also offers lower-priced handsets, discounts on farm machinery and an opportunity to advertise their products, which significantly increases efficiency, income generation and sustainability of agricultural production and marketing.
In particular, in the Korkuteli district, where the climate is very harsh for agriculture with cold winters that often freeze harvests and summers with high humidity, resulting in crop loss due to pests and diseases the farmers lacked the knowledge about market conditions and prices. Through informing ways to overcome the frost (using tree warming processes), providinginformation about humidity rates, how to combat pests and diseases and through connecting them to the marketing network, the farmers were able to find a good sale price for their products and increase productivity. This has also played a key role in slowing down the rapid rural to urban migration as farmers whose products have gained value have given up thoughts of moving to cities and started to benefit from the local environment.
The Farmers’ Club was awarded two silver Mercury Awards in New York in 2012, Mediacat Felis Awards of Year‘s Best Media Utilization Award in 2013 and Social Business Co-creation/Special Mention of the Jury in Zermatt Summit in 2014.
Replication: Turkey is the first country where the Vodafone’s agricultural programme was introduced. Since then, the solution was replicated in five other countries: Kenya, Ghana, India, Tanzania and New Zealand.
Budget: The monthly service subscription costs $1 and with the growing number of farmers subscribing for the services, the solution proved to be sustainable.
Contact information of solution provider:
Telephone: +90 212 909 4321
Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/tabitbilisim
Goals and objectives: The solution was initiated in 2013 within the project "The participation and involvement of women in mountain areas the local economy through the development of crafts," aimed to involve women of mountainous areas in the local economy through the development of handicrafts.
Implementation: The project covered two districts of the Sogd region, Ayni (Shamtuch Jamoat) and Panjakent (Farob, Moghiyon, and Shing Jamoats), with a population of 39,000. The main activity was to increase the incomes of rural women through the creation of four action groups. The project conducted a series of trainings and master classes and two exchange visits.
Two exhibitions of photos and crafts were held in Khujand and Dushanbe to engage the attention of urban residents and the surrounding environments, to promote traditional crafts in the countryside and to establish business relations between rural and urban areas. The project involved single women, widows, young women and girls. Qualified Tajik and international trainers helped more than 120 women develop their skills, improve the quality of their products and generate income.
The final output included development of the catalogue representing textile ornaments and patterns of the Zarafshon Valley of Tajikistan, which has been a remarkable output of the NGO Zarafshon Valley Tourism Development Association (ZTDA). The rich variety of patterns and decorative motifs included in this catalogue provide hope that these precious samples, an evidence of the history and culture of Zarafshon Valley, will raise particular interest among readers and will take their place in the world`s treasury of textile ornamentation.
Achievements: The solution greatly contributed to women's socialization, recovery and in some regions the revival of the handicraft sector.
Replication: The solution can be of interest for countries aiming to empowerment of urban or rural women through development of local crafts.
Partner: NGO «Zarafshon Valley Tourism Development Association» (ZTDA)
Open Society Institute - Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan
Lolisanam Ulugova, Program Coordinator, Arts & Culture Program
Office Phones: (+992) 47 441 0728; 47 441 0744; 227 5558
Fax: (+992) 47 441 0729
Solution: A fundamental problem in the border areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan is the issue of cross-border watershed and pasture use.
Goals and objectives: This solution aimed at strengthening cooperation and prevention of conflicts related to the named issues, in the border areas of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan through involving young people, in particular students, in disaster risk reduction activities.
Implementation: In 2014 – 2015, within the framework of DIPECHO’s (Department European Commission Humanitarian Commission) assistance educational program on climate change and adaptation to climate change for young people has been developed and implemented in four schools of the Bobodzhon Gafurov rayon, Jabur Rasulov rayon and Ganchi rayon of Tajikistan and in one school in Lyaylyaskiy district of Kyrgyzstan.
Interactive methods and approaches, such as competition-quiz, role-playing under a thematic character and a drawing contest have been used to effectively deliver information to participants and spectators. A competition-quiz was conducted to assess the knowledge of students in topics of natural disasters and adaption to climate change. Role-playing let students demonstrate their leadership skills in a given spontaneous situation.
The total number of participants in each district was 25 students. Also, students of grades 8-11, representatives of the departments of Youth Committee Department of Women`s Affairs committees, local authorities, representatives of the Staff Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense areas were invited to observe the competition.
Achievements: 125 students participated in an interactive quiz and more than 600 students were informed about the risks associated with natural disasters and climate change. During the course, more than 100 drawings with a topic “How do I see a state of emergency?” were presented and 25 students drawing were awarded with small presents.
Replication: Southern countries can benefit from this solution for the management of cross-border issues.
Budget: €10,000 (+basic resources of an organization, like office equipment, vehicles, internet etc.)
Partners: Department of the European Commission humanitarian aid (ECHO), ACTED Kyrgyzstan, local government and self-government, local schools.
Address: 3 / 183a Lenin street, 735700, Khujand, Sughd region
NGO "Youth Group on Protection of Environment"
Contact person: Ikrom Mamadov
Phone: +992 92 7727779
Solution: Many remote areas in Tajikistan face electricity shortages and with most rural men being out of the country as labor migrants, the livelihood of rural households becomes even harder.
Goals and objectives: The project aims to contribute to the elimination of rural poverty and women empowerment through sustainable energy solutions. The main ideas are (i) to deploy several decentralized renewable energy solutions (ii) to provide practical knowledge transfer and capacity building on clean energy technologies (iii) to utilize innovative finance and business models for developing a sustainable market and (iv) to transfer good practices from Croatia to Tajikistan.
Implementation: The project was initiated in January 2014 by Istanbul Regional Hub UNDP and targeted communities in several villages across all regions of the country with high energy dependence, in particular, Bobojon Gafurov and Kanibadam districts (Sughd region), Roshtkala (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast), Jilikul district and Safedob, Shurabad district (Khatlon region) and Guzgef village, Romit jamoat, Vahdat district.
The solution consists of the essential components, including:
Achievements: Within a year the initiative has achieved the following:
Replication: the solution is a result of good practices transferred from East to East (from Croatia to Central Asia);
Budget: around $150,000 annually
Partners: local communities, Technological University of Tajikistan
Phone number: +90 850 288 2130
Phone number: +385912259438
Goals and objectives: The joint innovative solution of the local government (municipality) of Dushanbe city and the Public Fund Civil Internet Policy Initiative aims to improve the quality of municipal service delivery through participation of inhabitants in reporting and mapping municipal services problems and monitoring their improvement through an online interactive platform. The platform, officially launched on 1 February 2012, is available at http://www.mometavonem.tj/php/?l=en_US
The main idea was to show elements of the electronic government that can increase public service delivery quality, improve interaction of citizens with the government authorities, help public service providers and administration of the local government receive on-time and reliable reports and data to take actions needed and further analyses.
Implementation: In the past, to report about municipal service problems, citizens had to either search contacts of public service providers and call them or contact an authorized person of providers. Even if the person has succeeded in making a report, frequently the service provider was not able to guarantee the delivery of services or service quality. Now, within the electronic system, every resident or every person that visits Dushanbe has the four following options to report on quality of services of and/or problems with communal services through SMS; phone call; email; or online application.
This platform covers 16 types of services, including water supply, heating, gas, electricity, and maintenance of sanitation conditions, roads and public transportation. The system allows authorities as well as everyone else to monitor the status of the delivered reports online.
The reporting system is connected for monitoring and timely reaction to more than 24 communal service suppliers within four regional departments of the municipality. The system has been developed using an open, free tools and standards. It is based on Ushahidi, a well-known crowd-source platform, and it uses an online map of Dushanbe available at the Open Street Maps, http://www.openstreetmap.org. FrontLineSMS is one more free, open application that is used for receiving and delivering SMS to the website.
More than 6,000 citizen complaints have been sent to the platform and 4,000 of them registered as unique. The platform allows collection and analyses of problems that citizens face seasonally during the year. For instance, the system revealed that during the summertime the common problems are garbage cleaning and water supply, and for the winter, the main problem is electricity supply.
Achievements: After two weeks of an official run, the website was demonstrated to the President of Tajikistan in an exhibition on best achievements of Dushanbe organized by the mayor`s administration. The President found the website to be the best platform to encourage partnership of local government with meeting citizens' public needs.
Replication: The solution can be replicated to solve social development issues on the local and national levels.
Partners: Open Society Institute-Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan, Local Government of Dushanbe city, Internet Policy
Public Fund Civil Internet Policy Initiative
Contact phone: (+992) 918 719109
Goals and objectives: In 2008, the National Taekwondo and Kickboxing Federation of Tajikistan (NTKFT), with the support of UNIFEM (UNWOMEN) and UNFPA, initiated a network of local advocates for the prevention of violence, stigma and discrimination among world athletes in taekwondo. The main purpose of engaging such athletes is to overcome the stereotypical norms and behaviour in Tajikistan that lead to violence against women in professional and private lives through sport and communications.
Implementation: The solution was implemented in close cooperation with the Joint Programme on VAW, UN agencies and Kyrgyz Family Planning Alliance (KFPA) and National Committee of Women Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (NCWAK) through a training “Stepping Stones” provided for local NGOs of Tajikistan: NTKFT and NGO Gender and Development. A number of initiatives to promote gender equality and empower women and girls, including awareness-raising campaigns, capacity-building, sensitization, trainings, community mobilization, advocacy and policy, athletes successfully combined their participation in the international and regional sports events by enhancing understanding and awareness of their peers and partners on the goals and objectives of the Framework for Action and the Global UN Secretary-General Campaign 2008 - 2015 "UNiTE to End Violence Against Women."
Notably, since 2012, the chairman of the Federation, Mirsaid Yahyaev, is SG’s Goodwill Ambassador in UNiTE against VAW campaign.
Replication: The Orange Day Campaign promoted by NTKFT in 2012 became of interest to the Taekwondo Federation of Africa (TFA), which unites six African countries. TFA joined the Orange Day campaign promoted by NTKFT in several international sports events and used the positive experience of NTKTF.
Budget: Total $120,000 within 2008-2015, with $18,000 spent in the first year and $6,000 in 2015.
Partners: UNFPA, UN Women, UNHCR, UNAIDS, Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Committee on Youth, Sports and Tourism under the Government of the RT, Kyrgyz Family Planning Alliance (KFPA) and National Committee of Women Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (NCWAK).
The National Federation of Taekwondo & Kickboxing
Address: 23/1, Bokhtar street, Dushanbe
Mr. Erkinzhon Latypov, Manager
Phone number: + (992)91 955 1225
Goals and objectives: The Child Protection Index is a tool that measures government efforts to protect children using benchmarks established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and reviewing these benchmarks under five dimensions of government action: the creation of laws, the availability of services, the capacity to protect and care for children, accountability mechanisms to verify government’s good actions and coordination protocols that link various government actors and services together.
Implementation: The CPI is a joint initiative of World Vision and ChildPact and was first piloted in Romania at the end of 2014. The index offers a platform to build capacity of partners and allies to analyze policy and hold government accountable to their commitments. The index unifies various sectors and actors (government, civil society and academia) under shared principles so that the system is “understood” together and increases collaboration for advocacy and grants once gaps are understood.
Replication: Following that successful implementation in Romania, the CPI was implemented in the rest of the eight above-mentioned countries throughout 2015 and 2016.
Budget: Depending on NGO consultancy costs at national level, the production of the Index can cost between €15,000-€20,000 plus additional advocacy costs.
Partners: BMZ – Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, UNDP, Australian Aid, Oak Foundation.
Contact person: Mirela Oprea, Child Pact Secretary General
Phone: 0040 731 444 636
Contact person: Mirela Oprea, Jocelyn Penner, Policy Director
World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe