Launched in 2006, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)’s Civil Society Programme aims to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) by facilitating their establishment and building their capacity to improve the quality of life of communities.
The programme also seeks to increase the knowledge and appreciation of good governance in society. Since 2008, over 160 CSOs have completed the process of self-assessment and certification. In 2010, the Certification Committee included government officials, members of parliament, representatives from international agencies and leaders of local CSOs. The National Association of NGOs in Tajikistan, established under the programme, played a central role in lobbying legislative changes and consolidation of CSOs in Tajikistan. A total of five legislative changes have been introduced. Changes include legislation aimed at regulating government support to CSOs and allowing VOs and SUDVOs to officially register with the government.