Opening the Doors of Policy-Making in the South Caucasus and Central Asia

March 28, 2011

“Opening the Doors of Policy-Making in the South Caucasus and Central Asia” seeks to empower civil society organizations and to enhance public participation in public policy development. It aims to strengthen CSOs, foster regional networking, and promote sustained dialogue with policymakers. The project draws on PASOS’ experience of training think-tank personnel in transitional countries. The initiative is supported by a grant from The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

Target Countries:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

Target Groups for Participation in Training and Networking:

-Existing CSOs (policy research units at universities, independent think-tanks, advocacy, watch-dog and development-promoting CSOs)
-Local non-registered public groups and non-governmental initiatives
-Individuals (experts, recent graduates of international universities returning to home countries) -Public officials on local and national levels
-Donors and international organizations

Schedule of programs

Policy training of civil society actors (Istanbul, June 2-3, 2011)
A two-day training on strengthening skills in policy analysis, research, writing, and advocacy, followed by three months of distance mentoring. Travel/accommodation expenses covered for up to 24 persons.

Fellowships at EU Think Tanks (June-August 2011)
Eight young researchers and/or scholars from the region (up to 1 per country) participating in the policy training shall be given the opportunity of a one-month visit to an EU think tank, followed by three months of online mentoring as they pursue completion of a policy study.


Public Policy Workshop for Public Authorities Officials (Kyrgyz Republic, May 2012)

Strengthening Policymaking Skills in Central Asia and the South Caucasus: A three-day training on effective policy-making, including writing policy papers, and use of evidence-based policy analysis to advocate for more effective decision-making.

Regional networking conference (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, May 2012) Opportunities for broadening networking between think tanks and establishing closer contacts with officials.

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