Grants for the Nineteen – Benefits for Thousands
Considering the important role that non-government organizations (NGOs) play in development, UNDP in partnership with other organisations announced a contest for the best idea on how NGOs can support families that need the most help through social services. Winners are announced.
Co-organizers of this competition: Social Initiatives Support Fund, The Forum of culture and arts of Uzbekistan Foundation, Public Fund on Support of NGOs and other Civil Society Institutions under the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Mahalla Fund and the joint project of UNDP and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Uzbekistan «Inclusive Employment and Social Partnership».
More than 80 applications were received and reviewed by the Parliamentary Commission, which approved 19 projects that will be financed for the total of 280 266 400 sums.
Each project on average will be for 14.9 million sums.
NGOs will also be contributing with a total amount of 213 059 000 sums.
19 NGOs with the winning ideas received certificates from Prof. Gulnara Karimova - Chair of Fund Forum Trustees’ Council.
Jaco Cilliers, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative a.i.:
– This event is an important step in the development of social partnership between government and non-government organizations and in increasing the role of NGOs in social and economic development. Winning projects will help so many people in need and improve their life conditions. Projects plan to cover more than 5000 beneficiaries. Cooperation with civil society is an important part of UNDP’s mission and we look forward to expanding such collaboration in future.
Batir Alimukhamedov, First Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Uzbekistan:
– The key words uttered today so many times are “social protection” and “partnership”. Partnerships give the opportunity to provide social protection to the population. More than 1.2 million of people in Uzbekistan receive social support. The winning projects and the enthusiasm of the NGOs show that together we are working for the benefit of people, which is, in turn fosters the success of the society’s development.
Natalya Plotnikova, Chair of NGO “Opa - singillar” Tashkent branch:
– Our NGO, which unites women with disabilities, recently has started to cooperate with Social Initiatives Support Fund, and we constantly feel the support from their side. Of course, we would like to attract more clients and increase the level of our work. Actually, for that reason I am here today - to hear my colleagues, to look, to learn something new and to exchange our views. It is great to see that the number of NGOs is increasing and they are actively developing.
Representatives from Oliy Majlis, representatives of NGOs, local officials, business and international organizations and mass media took part in the event.