Eurasia Foundation, Tajikistan
Civil Society Development and Good Governance

Building the potential of Tajikistan's civil society to strenghten economic growth and advocate for effective and transparent governance

A functioning civil society is essential for every country. While Tajikistan does have a small civil society, it is hampered by limited access to funding, the challenging political atmosphere, and the generally low capacity of CSOs. CSOs working in controversial spheres are often closed down, and gaining government permission for projects can be time consuming. Combined with weak internal capacity, this can render many CSOs unable to lobby the government or keep it accountable.

Building the capacity of CSOs is one of our key aims. Through all of our projects we are building a network of CSOs in urban and rural areas who are able to compete for grants and implement sustainable, effective projects in different spheres. While we encourage CSOs to build good relationships with local government bodies, we simultaneously emphasise the potential of CSOs to engage in dialogue with the government, and to provide an independent voice to advocate for Tajikistan's most vulnerable citizens and the general population.

We believe that CSOs are a key actor in increasing the transparency, efficiency and overall efficacy of the government, and we have years of experience of providing trainings which improve the internal capacity of CSOs and enable them to engage more effectively with the government at the local and national levels.



Supported by:


Activating the Potential of CSOs as Actors and Partners in the Governance, Accountability and Implementation of Rural Development Projects| European Union, 2018 - 2021

This project aims to strengthen the role of CSOs in the design and implementation of rural development projects in Tajikistan by strengthening their ability to work with Mahalla Committees. More details ...


“Good Governance Initiative Fund” (GGIF) | USAID, 2014-2018

This regional project aims to strengthen the capacity of local, under‐resourced CSOs to work more effectively to resolve problems in local communities and strengthen the voice and influence of vulnerable communities in Tajikistan. More details ...


Other projects include:

A Stronger Civil Society in Tajikistan through Novel Trainings and Technology | Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 2016-2018 More details ...


Strengthening CSO Capacity in Khatlon to Improve Community Resilience | US Embassy in Tajikistan, 2016-2017 More details ...

Strengthening Civil Society Capacity and Involvement in Budgeting Process | World Bank, 2010-2013

Improving CSO Services for Vulnerable Groups | MFA Norway, 2010-2011

Civil Society Poverty Reduction | German Embassy in Tajikistan, 2013

Promoting the Exercise of Fundamental Democratic Rights in Tajikistan | Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 2010-2011


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