On June 4, 2014 Kyrgyz National Universityin cooperation with representatives of the Consortium of universities and with the support of the USAID-funded Collaborative Governance Program and its partner Johns Hopkins University, successfully conducted the First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference: "The Kyrgyz Civil Society in Theory and Practice."Conference-participants 3500

Photo: Participants of the First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference: "The Kyrgyz Civil Society in Theory and Practice" representing CSOs, the Consortium of Universities, Johns Hopkins University and the private sector.

Over 130 participants, representing the President's Apparatus, the Ministry of Education, USAID, representatives from the civil society and private sectors, and the media, actively participated in the conference that served as a platform for discussion of the public-private-civil society sectors’ partnership in developing the Kyrgyz economy and improving social services. The Chief of the Department on Ethnic, Religious Policy and Liaising with Civil Society under the President, Mira Karybaeva, noted in her remarks: "According to the latest research, 250,000 people currently work in the civil society sector; it is 12 percent of all employed Kyrgyzstani citizens. Until recently, almost all CSO initiatives have been supported by donors through grants, but external support considerably dropped down lately. Therefore, the President's Apparatus will support partnerships and efforts in improving the mechanism of liaising to strengthen collaboration of public-private-civil society sectors.” Leaders of CSOs including Raya Kadyrova, Seinep Dyikanbaeva, Asyl Sasykbaeva, Galina Chirkina, Aida Kurbanova,and MyrzaKarimov, and key figures in a private sector, Nurbeck Elebaev and Nurbeck Atakanov, participated in the panel discussions and expressed their views on improving collaboration among the three sectors. The Conference successfully showcased diverse views and brought consensus regarding the need for further and continuing collaboration among the public-private-civil society sectorsin pursuit of further economic and social development in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Attendees of the Conference also stressed the importance of introducing a nonprofit management curriculum into the academic system.For additional information, please visit:http://bishkek.usembassy.gov/pr-060314b.html and/or www.university.kg

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Photo: (From left to right) Kevin Dean, Deputy Mission Director, USAID Kyrgyz Republic; Mira Karybaeva, Chief of the Department on Ethnic, Religious Policy and Liaising with Civil Society under the President; and Roza Sarymsakova, Vice Rector of the Kyrgyz National University, made opening remarks at the First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference: "The Kyrgyz Civil Society in Theory and Practice."

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Photo: Moderator of the June 4th Conference and Coordinator of the NPM Resource Center, Yrys Beybutova, making opening remarks at the conference.

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