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Charity and NGOs

Botschaft Usbekistan, October 4, 2016

Non-government non-commercial organizations have been developing effectively in our country through realizing the principle “From a strong state to a strong civil society”; their role in management of the state and society and democratic transformation of the country keeps growing up.

This was stressed at the opening of a “round table” discussion held in Tashkent on the subject “Organizational and legal platform for development of charity and fund-raising: international experience and Uzbekistan’s practices”. Taking part in it were deputies of the Legislative chamber of Oliy Majlis, representatives of international organizations, ministries and government agencies, and heads of NGOs.

Attraction of additional financial resources and development of fund-raising and charity activities among the public play an important role in the efficient implementation of the tasks facing the non-government organizations. This has turned into a still more acute problem in connection with the realization of the Law “On social partnership”, which assumes the solution of important problems in the field of education, healthcare, protection of environment and such other spheres. The government considers the NGOs as its reliable partner.

“Thanks to reforms and democratic changes carried out in our country more and more people think about mutual assistance and get engaged in charity activities,” underlined Chairman of the Association of NGOs of Uzbekistan Abdumajid Karimov. “International rating organizations highly assess this activity in our Republic. According to the Global charity index compiled by the American CAF Foundation in 2015, our country rates 27th out of 135 countries of the world.”

The “round table” participants noted that the Republic had set up a national legislative platform for the efficient organization of charity activities. In particular, the Law “On charity” was adopted in 2007. It specifies the goals and objectives for carrying out charity activities, legal forms of charity organizations, their assets, sources of funds, forms of government support and privileges and incentives.

Special emphasis was placed on the support of socially significant projects by the Public Fund in support of NGOs and other civil society institutions under the Oliy Majlis. Contests for winning government grants and social orders are being conducted on an annual basis; this year alone the Fund allocated more than 3,8 billion soums for the realization of 159 socially significant projects of the NGOs and mass media in the course of implementation of four contests.

“The efficient activity of non-government non-commercial organizations plays an important role in the country’s further onward advancement,” said Regional director of the Frederick Ebert Foundation in Central Asia Henriette Kifer. “Favorable conditions have been created in Uzbekistan for the implementation of socially-oriented projects by NGOs. Special attention deserves the conditions and opportunities created for their active involvement in the elaboration and discussion of legislative acts.”

Experiences of foreign counties in the field of charity activities were analyzed and effective ways of attracting additional financial resources by NGOs and other civil society institutions were reviewed at the event.

Proposals were elaborated and recommendations advanced on the improvement of the normative base, forms and mechanisms for conducting charity activities in Uzbekistan.

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