USAID and Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia Hosts Close-out Conference for the Good Governance Initiative Fund
September 25, 2018 Dushanbe, Tajikistan – Since 2014, the Good Governance Initiative Fund, implemented by the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has worked to promote initiatives that strengthen systematic interaction between civil society organizations and government bodies, leading to long-term improvement of specific public services, policies, mechanisms and processes of public administration.
For the last four years, project efforts have shown the importance of developing effective governance, a priority identified by President Emomali Rahmon as one of the main development objectives of the country at the National Development Council meeting under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
The Good Governance Initiative Fund is a multi-phase grant program for public organizations. Throughout the country, projects have received grants to support a number of innovations, including the establishment of homeowners' associations and mahalla committees in Khatlon, as well as several databases to help facilitate the lives of people with disabilities and other vulnerable segments of the population.
During his visit to Sughd region, President Rahmon had an opportunity to become acquainted with project-supported initiatives in Istaravshan and Panjakent, where people with disabilities are engaged in needlework and have the opportunity to earn income from these activities.
Grantees will share presentations at the final conference, and project staff will share a summary of the projects successes and lessons learned.