In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, the Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) works with and through a Consortium of public and private Kyrgyzstani Universities led by Kyrgyz National University to develop nonprofit management (NPM) curricula and courses; establish such courses in universities and improve existing ones; and enhance academic capabilities and resources for nonprofit management. Johns Hopkins University’s Center on Civil Society Studies (JHU/CCSS), a forerunner in NPM studies in the United States, provides expertise and ongoing technical assistance to ensure excellence and innovation in the curriculum. CGP offers professional development workshops in Bishkek and a six-week fellowship for selected Kyrgyzstani professors to work with peers at JHU/CCSS in the United States.

Consortium of Universities:

CGP, in close consultations with Kyrgyz National University and rectors of 23 public and private universities, developed a framework for establishing a Consortium of Universities on Nonprofit Management (NPM). With CGP support, 16 universities drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed on December 13, 2013, to officially launch the Consortium of Universities on NPM.

CGP, in partnership with the16-university Consortium led by Kyrgyz National University and with technical support from JHU/CCSS, is developing and enhancing nonprofit management (NPM) curriculum and courses.


# Consortium Members Location
1 Kyrgyz National University Bishkek
2 Osh State University (OshSU) Osh
3 International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) Bishkek
4 Jalal-Abad State University Jalalabad
5 Batken State University Batken
6 Tynystanov Issyk-Kul State University Issyk-Kul
7 I. Arabaev Kyrgyz State University Bishkek
8 Kyrgyz State Law Academy Bishkek
9 Kyrgyz Technical University named after I. Razzakov Bishkek
10 International University for Innovative Technologies (IUIT) Bishkek
11 Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU) named after B.N. Yeltsin Bishkek
12 International Plato University (IPU) Bishkek
13 Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture Bishkek
14 Talas State University Talas
15 Naryn State University Naryn
16 Bishkek Humanities University Bishkek


Nonprofit Management Resource Center

A Nonprofit Management Resource Center was established at Kyrgyz National University through CGP grant assistance on December 13, 2013. CGP provides support so that the KNU Coordinator can manage the NPM Resource Center, coordinate Consortium logistics, and work closely with CGP’s partner, Johns Hopkins University, to assist the Consortium members in curriculum development. The Coordinator also facilitates networking with international associations and ensures they have access to online journals and conference papers. The NPM Resource Center is open to faculty and students of Universities and CSOs members from across the country. Professional development workshops, roundtable discussions, meetings, and lectures are organized at the NPM Resource Center as part of CGP activities.

NPM Fellowship Program

USAID-funded CGP provides university professors from the Consortium of Universities on Nonprofit Management (NPM) with the opportunity to participate in the CGP NPM Fellowship Program that takes place in the U.S. under the leadership of Johns Hopkins University’s Center on Civil Society Studies. The NPM Fellowship is designed to strengthen the capacity of NPM professors in the Kyrgyz Republic by enabling them to expand their knowledge of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit management in a way that will enhance their ability to teach this complex subject.

Annual NPM Conference

The Annual Conference on Nonprofit Management Studies supports the CGP’s efforts to strengthen the Civil Society sector by providing resources for nonprofit management education in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Conference is an opportunity to discuss current topics indepth among academic and practitioner colleagues. Johns Hopkins University professors help structure the Annual Conferenceand contribute to substantive discussions. This event strengthens cooperation at all levels between academia and the civil society sector which aids in the development of further NPM studies in the Kyrgyz Republic.