On November 6 and 13, two webinars were held for representatives of Kazakhstan`s NGOs
19 november 2020
The events were focused on strengthening NGO partnerships with the government, as well as new legislative opportunities for funding HIV services.
On topical sessions of the first webinar participants discussed changing funding priorities in the context of the pandemic and how to ensure the sustainability of HIV prevention services in this situation. They also talked about the need for NGO participation in local government policy making towards sustainability of HIV services.
Zoya Ruzhnikova, representative of the Public Charity Fund “Shapagat”, spoke about the experience of Kazakhstan in organizing prevention programs through the mechanism of state social order and the difficulties they faced in the implementation process.
The second webinar was more technical: participants talked about the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated July 7, 2020 № 360-VI ZRK “On public health and health care system,” vectors of interaction between NGOs and government agencies against the background of changes, discussed the Law “On state social order, grants and bonuses for NGOs in the Republic of Kazakhstan”, considered the mechanisms for providing state social order – the formation of standards and planning.
Espenova Mahabbat, Executive Director of PF “Kameda”, paid attention to new opportunities for civil society, which opened up in the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On public health and health care system” and showed how this document can be used for interaction with the authorities.
The experts expressed readiness to assist in analysis and policy development of local authorities to ensure financial sustainability of HIV services. And, if necessary, conduct additional training activities for non-governmental organizations.
“Strengthening of NGO partnership with authorities is a fundamental principle that will help to ensure sustainability of services with the help of funds of different levels – national and local budgets,” – said expert Roman Drozd.
The webinar was organized by Institute of Analysis and Advocacy in cooperation with Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV in the framework of the regional project “Sustainability of services for key populations in the EECA region”, implemented by a consortium of organizations from the EECA region under the leadership of ICF “Alliance for Public Health” in partnership with CO “100% Life”, “Central Asian Association of People Living with HIV” and the Eurasian Key Populations Health Network, funded by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (#SoS_project).