Apt. 23, 57-V
Tel/fax.: (3272) 53-93-84
Contact: Dr. Elena Sadovskaya, President
The Center for Conflict Management was registered in July 1995 as a local public association. It was the first organization of its kind in Kazakstan and in Central Asia in general. CCM is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Its main goal is to make a contribution towards preventing social and ethnic conflicts in Kazakhstan, towards peace-making and creating an atmosphere of stability and predictability as the transition to a free market economy and democratic civil society continues. The Center unites scholars, professors of universities, students, specialists in different fields of studies and other people, interested in conflict issues.
The philosophy of the Center is based on the idea that while the world community spends much money for conflict resolving and peacekeeping, we believe in PREVENTION OF CONFLICTS, saving millions of dollars and, more importantly, saving human lives. Kazakhstan is an "ideal candidate" for such programme of early warning of conflicts. Our country is in a very difficult socioeconomic and ethnopolitical situation, but it has all opportunities to overcome the crisis and to prevent conflicts.
TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS WE PROPOSE TO:
- Conduct theoretical research in the Conflict Resolution field;
- Speak in Mass Media promoting the ideas of Conflict Management and Prevention;
- Deliver lectures on Conflict Studies at the universities and other higher educational institutions, introduce Conflict Resolution and Human Rights courses at schools;
- Organize and participate in conferences and symposia on Conflict Management and Peacebuilding;
- Organize and participate in workshops and training Programes for training specialists in the Conflict Resolution field, etc.
THE CCM ACTIVITIES AND INITIATIVES FOR 1995-97 years:
- Joint Kazakhstani-American Peacebuilding Workshop on Tolerance and Methods of Conflict Resolution for the school teachers and university professors - Alma-Ata, Sept. 1995 (in cooperation with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management of the University of Maryland at College Park, USA).
- Educational Programme:
- delivering lectures on Conflict Resolution Theory at the Kazakh State University and the Institute for Advanced Humanitarian Studies
- Alma-Ata, 1995/96 and 1996/97 academic years,
- delivering lectures on Human Rights - Alma-Ata, 1995-96 academic year,
- preparing study manuals on Conflict Resolution for students and teachers of institutes and universities - 1995 and 1997.
- Democracy, Tolerance and Conflict Management Education Workshop for school teachers and directors in Ust-Kamenogorsk, East Region of Kazakhstan - January 1997 (in cooperation with UNICEF).
- Participation in the Project "Monitoring Programme for Early Prevention of Conflicts in CIS", initiated by the Centre for Documentation and Research of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Geneva, Switzerland) - 1996-97;
- Participation in the Project "Establishment of the Network on Tolerance and Non- violence in Asia-Pacific Region", (UNESCO Tolerance Unit, France, Paris; Korean National Commission of UNESCO, Republic of Korea, Seoul) - 1996-98;
- Implementation the theoretical studies of the contemporary socioeconomic and ethnopolitical situation in the republic, prognosis of potential conflicts, publication of the collection of articles - 1997;
- Working out an Early Warning of Conflicts Program - 1997-98;
- Organization of training the specialists in Conflict Management and Civic and Human Rights Education - 1995-1997;
- Publication and distribution of informational materials on Conflict Studies and Civic and Human Rights Education - 1995-97,
- Organization of the workshop on "Observation of Human Rights as a Factor of Social and Political Stability and Prevention of Conflicts" in cooperation with the International Bureau of Human Rights Protection and Rule of Law and "Debate" Program of the Soros Foundation in Kazakhstan for the students of Kazakh State University - March 1997;
- Organization of "Debates" training in cooperation with the Soros Foundation in Kazakhstan for the students of Kazakh State University - April 1997;
- Publication of the "Your Rights" book for young pupils in the Kazakh language. The book contains all the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights supplied with pictures taken from world children's literature, Alma-Ata - Moscow, August 1997;
- Organization of the workshop on the Freedom of Expression in cooperation with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management of the University of Maryland at College Park, USA, - Alma-Ata, September 1997;
- Publication of the Collection of translated articles of foreign scholars on the Conflict Management and Prevention - Alma-Ata - Moscow, 1997.
Moreover, the Center for Conflict Management in coordination with the colleagues from Russia (Moscow School of Human Rights) and Great Britain (the Center of Human Rights of the University of Essex) initiated the Project "Human Rights Education in Kazakhstan and Russian Federation" - 1997-1998.
- Consulting services;
- Creation of informational data-base;
- Establishment and development of international ties;
- Participation in international network of Conflict Resolution Centers, etc.
The Center for Conflict Management in Kazakhstan is willing to co-operate with organizations interested in related issues and is seeking financial support from different Funds and Endowments.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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