The OSCE trained Public Council memberson project development and fundraising

During 14 to 19 October  2019, the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe organized two practical trainings on writing and developing projects for the members of regional Public Councils on Police Reform  of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The diverse number of participants of the event comprise of 35 active members of Public Councils from six regions, including Dushanbe, two representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The main goal of this training was to train the representatives of the Public Councils to develop project proposals and increase their skills on fundraising and implementation of the projects.

The main items of the discussion were: what a grant is, how to get a grant for a project, how to design a budget, how to monitor and evaluate a project, how to analyse and select potential ideas for a project and discussed the project proposal as a whole. At the end of the training, each Public Council from all regions provided a draft vision of its project.

Shamszoda Zikryo, Chairperson of the Public Council under the Department of Interior in Kulyab region mentioned: “I am very delighted that OSCE provided us with an opportunity to participate in the training on project development. In future, my colleagues and I want to develop a project aimed at eradication of domestic violence and prevention of crime among the teenagers in our region”.

Public Councils on Police Reform are advisory bodies to the Interior Ministry that function at the regional level, and are comprised of civil society activists. They help to develop and strengthen links between citizens and police by promoting community policing principles.

So far seven Public Councils on Police Reform have been established within Ministries regional departments in various regions of Tajikistan, involving more than 100 representatives of civil society who contribute to the implementation of police reform in Tajikistan.