Uzbekistan Joint Bishkek CoP meeting on "Localizing the MDGs through Improved Local Governance and Civic Engagement" - 31 October/1 November 2006 . Citizens Information and Training Centres . Empower local communities in their socioeconomic development OR
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Help communities to help themselves in the respect of local traditions, culture and local environmentObjective of the good practice
The 6 district centres are link between communities, authorities and donors to better focus and coordinate their activities in local development
Set up through a one off grants on something already existing
Assist local authorities to collect socioeconomic data(mapping) in 100 local communities in six districts to be fed into the Welfare Improvement Strategy Paper and living standards profiles at district-community level
Provide support to community-based self-help initiatives and facilitate citizen’s interaction with Local Government departments
Distribute & share information on the Millennium Development Goals in Uzbekistan and their relevance to the specific development context of the communities .Strategy of the good practice
Utilize and maximize the potential of existing local capacities, including those of traditional community based structures
Enable the local community based structure (Mahalla Fund) to serve as a repository and disseminator of information on the role of civil society and citizens in development.Innovative aspect
Organize participatory workshops and training by stimulating discussion around the MDGs and their relevance to development planning and monitoring at local level (MDG localization).
Provide support to communities, farmers, local authorities and others in preparing project proposals for the rehabilitation of social infrastructures and business/management plans
Function as liaison between authorities and communities, and maintain a rudimentary data and information systems.
Provide basic office services, against a modest payment, in particular for computer use, photocopying, printing, etc.Activities
mahallas (associations of citizens)
Khokimiyats (regional and district governments) and communities to rehabilitate water and other social infrastructures in three districts of Karakalpakstan - and of Namangan region
donors (UNDP for its area based development – and EC mainly)
local microcredit institutions
local schools and youth centres
Enabled the local community based structure (Mahalla Fund) to serve as a repository and disseminator of information on the role of civil society and citizens in developmentResults
the short time of the project supporting their establishment, monitoring and evaluation
preference by the donors to work with NGOs rather than community based organizationsProblems
Centres have been working for just over a year, the prospects are promising
build successfully on existing structures to create a service that is likely to be useful and sustainable in the long run.
Set up sufficiently modestly so that they require little money for their upkeep. Mahalla Funds, who do have a budget, are eager to make the centres work and local authorities are very supportive.
The running costs of the centres are already covered from the budgets of the Mahalla Funds.Sustainability