On April 30, 2015 over 40 participants including university students, professors, international organizations and CSO representatives attended a Guest Lecture on the theme «Civil Society, Gender, and Nonprofits in the Global and Regional Contexts» organized by the Nonprofit Management Resource Center at Kyrgyz National University.

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Coordinator of NPM Resource Center, Dean of the International Relations Department at KNU, Irys Beybutova, introducing Senior Program Officer Barmak Pazhwak and Senior Program Specialist Jeremy Moore working for the Center for South and Central Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace, to participants of the Guest Lecture on the theme «Civil Society, Gender, and Nonprofits in the Global and Regional Contexts».

 

Senior Program Officer Barmak Pazhwak and Senior Program Specialist Jeremy Moore from the Center for South and Central Asia, focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan Priority Grant Competition, U.S. Institute of Peace, conducted an interactive guest lecture and noted in particular, that profound changes of cultural, economic and political nature undergoing in Central Asia. There are new conditions, a new framework for the development of the identity of those states which, anyway, are combined with the past experience of the peoples of Central Asia, bringing to life a new system of democratic values in the context of globalization. In this regard, the support of civil society initiatives, questions of moral choice, pluralism of ideas, cultures, critical thinking, cultural diversity, and the conceptual definition of the place of civil society in the country and its development, as well as religious and cultural relevance of the identified issues related to civil society at all levels of government.

 

Thus, the relationship between civil society and religion, private sector and civil society, human rights and civil society, democracy and civil society, gender and civil society, as well as social conflicts and civil society are of interest today for both students and professionals of the older generation. All these issues were covered in depth in a regional context with the true facts for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asian countries, as well as global, with examples from Australia and other countries in South Asia and Africa. All aspects of the discussion regarding civil society, its objectives, strategies, its effectiveness and human security issues have caused keen interest of students and representatives of civil society. . All questions have been covered with comprehensive answers.

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Attendees of the Guest Lecture listen with interest to Senior Program Officer Barmak Pazhwak's guest lecture on current trends in civil society development in Central Asia with examples from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries of the region as well as Australia, other countries of South Asia and Africa.

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At the end of the lecture, Brian Donaldson, Program Development and Evaluation Director Brian Donaldson, Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (from left to right) speaks to Senior Program Officer Barmak Pazhwak and Senior Program Specialist Jeremy Moore from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).

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Participants of the guest lecture used the opportunity to ask different questions during the Questions and Answers Session re: civil society development in different parts of the region.

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Students asking questions during the Guest Lecture of Senior Program Officer Barmak Pazhwak and Senior Program Specialist Jeremy Moore from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).

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As a tradition, a 4th year KNU student presenting a memorable gift to Barmak Pazhwak, Senior Program Officer at USIP.

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Guest Lecturers from USIP, Barmak Pazhwak and Jeremy Moore, were glad to receive memorable mugs with Kyrgyz patterns after the successful lecture on the theme «Civil Society, Gender, and Nonprofits in the Global and Regional Contexts».