Counterpart Consortium Central Asia Headquarters


Shevchenko St. 100, etazh 6
Tel: 62-50-09
Tel/Fax: 69-29-97
Contact: David Smith, Regional Director; Margaret Bishop, Field Director; Arlene Lear, Director of Central Asia Division (in U.S.); James Gershin, CHAP Regional Director

The U.S.-based organization Counterpart International, Inc. heads a consortium of organizations awarded a USAID grant in 1994 to implement the NGO Support Initiative for Central Asia. The program's three components are: training; facilitating information exchange among regional NGOs and with the international community; and operating a small grants program for Central Asian NGOs.

The consortium provided 246 grants totaling over $1,000,000 for 220 NGOs of Central Asia between the beginning of 1995 and June 1997. In addition, more than 250 workshops on various topics of NGO operation were conducted during this timeframe.

Highlights of the consortium's grants and training programs include:

Counterpart's Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) recently expanded to Central Asia to complement consortium activities. CHAP focuses primarily on Kazakstan and Kyrgyzstan, providing assistance in food and medical equipment to at-risk populations of these countries. In 1997, CHAP conducted its first humanitarian relief activities in Uzbekistan.

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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Last updated:    November 1998