"Academy NGO" is the first systematized course of necessary legal and managerial knowledge for NGO representatives.
The project was launched in 2020 with the support of the Center for Support of Civil Initiatives (CISC) in order to create conditions for the development of the non-governmental sector. The project was funded by Ministry of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The goal of the Academy NGO project in 2021 was to create new conditions for the development of a competitive non-governmental sector.
The Academy worked in two directions: the School of Social Entrepreneurship "Oreli Urpak" (with coverage of at least 160 participants) and the General Education Program for representatives of NGOs.
In the beginning of 2021 a study was conducted that showed what gaps exist in the knowledge of representatives of NGO’s, and this made it possible to create a unique program that includes such areas as: economic and financial literacy, legal and tax literacy, project management, social design, fundraising. All work is done online.
The project involves Kazakh and international business coaches, professional coaches, authors of unique programs of their own.
As the part of the project an application was created for those who want to study the main areas necessary for the work of NGO’s.
It includes 8 modules in different fields that is vital for NGO workers. And the app is available for all NGO’s in Kazakhstan for free.
Official partners of the Academy NGO project - AlmaU School of Politics and Law, Astana International University.
Outcome of the NGO Academy Project
With support of the Ministry of Information and Social Development of Kazakhstan in the pilot mode, a project " NGO Academy" was launched to create new conditions for development of a competitive non-governmental sector. The project is implemented by the Centre for Civic Initiatives, in partnership with AlmaU, with grant funding from the Centre for the Support of Civic Initiatives.
The project was launched on 15 September. In two months, over 300 non-governmental organisations in Kazakhstan were trained as part of the project. The training was conducted by well-known experts and business trainers from Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. Since the training took place in an online format, anyone could participate in the NGO Academy. As a result, more than 800 people attended the courses.
The results of the work already carried out within the framework of the NGO Academy project show that the implementation of all the objectives set has been achieved. The social effect of the project lies in solving specific problems through local, regional NGOs and increasing the competence of NGO staff.
This project is to be implemented on a long-term basis so that NGO training is at a professional level on an ongoing basis.