Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia’s mission is to mobilize public and private resources to help citizens participate in building their future by strengthening their communities and improving their civic and economic wellbeing.
In 2006, Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) was created to localize Eurasia Foundation’s operations with offices in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Osh, Kyrgyzstan; and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. EFCA collaborates with donors, governments, foundations, corporations, intergovernmental organizations, universities, and individuals working in the region, including AES Corporation, Philip Morris Kazakhstan, Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc., and the governments of Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the U.S.
EFCA manages a broad portfolio of programs, developing local organizations via technical assistance and grants. Eurasia Foundation and EFCA have invested more than $40 million in Central Asia to support local initiatives in community development, private enterprise, education, and public administration.
EFCA implements programs in the following four areas: Mobilizing Resources, Strengthening Communities, Citizen Participation, and Increasing Impact.
EFCA supports a number of parallel and collaborative programs in Central Asia, including:
- Student Leadership Development Program, which is equipping youth with leadership skills and qualities necessary to create and develop strong civil society in the cities of Ferghana Valley. Uzbek Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute under Osh State University implements the project, which is supported by the US Agency for International Development.
- Supporting Vulnerable Groups of the Population, which works with vulnerable populations in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In 2008, EFCA provided grants to NGOs “Blagodat” and “Kosh Araket”. The goal of “Blagodat” is to improve lives of blind people and assist them and their families to adapt to living in society. “Kosh Araket” trains children from boarding schools and children’s houses in income generation activities. Teenagers from these specialized institutions undergo trainings in communications, leadership and development of business plans and apply their new skills to real business projects. The program is supported by USAID.
- Improving Cross-Border Trade between Tajikistan and Afghanistan Program, which supports the NGO “Sapeda” in creating conditions for small and medium enterprise development in South Tajikistan and North Afghanistan, based on increased trade cooperation between entrepreneurs from the border regions of both countries.
For more information, visit the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia website.