Consortium of Universities to Host First Annual Nonprofit Management Conference

Kyrgyz National University, as leader of a University Consortium on Nonprofit Management, will host the first annual Nonprofit Management Conference on The Kyrgyz Civil Society Sector in Theory and Practice” on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Conference Hall “Chon Azem Zaly” on the second floor of Kyrgyz National University, 547 Frunze Street.

In collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies, the USAID Collaborative Governance Program and its university consortium partners are working to introduce a non-profit management curriculum into the academic system. The program’s ultimate goal is to help civil society become a more relevant partner with government and private sector bodies in shaping public policy to benefit the people of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The conference will include welcoming remarks by Kanat Sadykov, Minister of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic; Michael Greene, Mission Director for USAID/Kyrgyz Republic; Mira Karybaeva, Head of the Department of Ethnic & Religious Policy and Cooperation with Civil Society under the President and Iskender Isamidinov, Rector of Kyrgyz National University. Raya Kadyrova of the Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI) will deliver a keynote address on “Kyrgyz Civil Society: History, Successes and New Challenges.” A panel discussion on “The Role of the Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors in Developing the Kyrgyz Economy” will feature: Janna Saralaeva, Department of Ethnic & Religious Policy and Cooperation with Civil Society under the President; Raya Kadyrova, President of FTI; Nurbek Elebaev, Chairman, Committee for Public-Private Partnership, Stock Markets and Investments under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic; and Nurbek Atakanov, Director General, Shoro Company. During the afternoon session, professors and CSO practitioners will address issues critical to the success of CSOs such as endowments, social entrepreneurship, accountability, and the role of higher education institutions and the non-profit sector.

The Collaborative Governance Program is one of the many programs supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), implemented by the East West Management Institute in close cooperation with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, local and international academic institutions, and civil society organizations.

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