14 October, 2020, 09:11

The Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only independent, comparative and fact-based research instrument that uses internationally accepted criteria to assess public access to central government budget information; formal opportunities for the public to participate in the national budget process; and the role of budget oversight institutions such as the legislature and auditor in the budget process. DOWNLOAD RESEARCH-2019.pdf  

26 June, 2020, 15:33

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JULY 22, 2020 The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.  In view of the global uncertainty created by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, this year we invite applications from PhD students and full-time faculty to undertake specific research clearly related to their primary field of study, or to focus on work which would allow the completion or publication of a dissertation or academic articles, books, or other academic products. Eligibility: The Awards are open to the following academic populations:  • PhD students of the social sciences and humanities studying at universities inside or outside of their home country; or • Full-time faculty members in the social sciences and humanities (minimum of a Master's degree) teaching at universities in their home country. The Civil Society Scholar Awards is provided for a number of countries, including Tajikistan. Applicants with permanent resident status in or dual citizenship with Australia, Canada, countries of the European Union, New Zealand, Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, and the USA are not eligible to apply. Subject Areas: CSSA look to support academic research conducted within any field of the social sciences and humanities, but will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues in the following broad themes:  • Defense against rising authoritarianism; • Sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change; • Economic justice and worker rights; • Information democracy; • Addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region. Supported Grant Activities: The Awards support short-term academic projects and dissertation completion taking place within your home country or abroad. Examples of eligible activities include: • fieldwork (data collection); • extended research visits to libraries, archives or universities within your home country or abroad; • course/curriculum development which can be completed at an international location or online from your home country in collaboration with academic faculty based abroad; • research leading to a peer-reviewed publication; • dissertation completion for final year students only who are or will be writing their dissertations in their home country or abroad. CSSA can only accept one application with one research project per person each year. Please note that CSSA no longer consider requests for tuition fee support. • Project Duration: Between 3 - 10 months. • Project Location: research activities can take place within an applicant’s home country or abroad. Applicants are responsible for arranging all travel, accommodation, and related travel permissions (visas). • Eligible Dates: March 1, 2021–December 31, 2021 • Maximum Funding Request:  $15,000 Supporting Documentation. The following documents are required from all applicants. Please note that requirements for faculty applicants and doctoral student applicants differ.  All Applicants: Program Guidelines 1. Completed Application Form; 2. Up to date CV; 3. Copy of the identification pages of your passport(s); 4. Scan of current official graduate school tran (doctoral applicants) or the final tran of highest degree obtained (for faculty applicants and PhD student applicants in their first year of study); and 5. A letter of invitation from a faculty member or a senior administrator at the institution where your research will take place, if applicable to your project (scanned and attached to application). Doctoral student applicants should also provide: 1. An official letter from your academic institution confirming your enrollment status, department, and expected completion date (scanned and attached to application); 2. A personal reference letter from an academic or professional in your field in your home country who can speak to your accomplishments, future aspirations, and ties to your home country (scanned and attached to application); 3. An academic reference letter from your academic supervisor supporting the research for which you seek funding.  Supervisors should also confirm if the activity will need IRB/ethics committee approval prior to the activity taking place (scanned and attached to application). Faculty applicants should also provide: 1. An official letter from your institution of employment confirming your status as a faculty member and endorsing the proposed time away from your position (scanned and attached to application); 2. An academic reference letter from a senior colleague in your field with direct knowledge of your work and your proposed research topic (scanned and attached to application). How to Apply Deadline for Applications: July 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Interested applicants must complete and submit a CSSA application. Online applications are strongly encouraged.  Online Application  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. To apply online, please go to this link to register, and then follow instructions. For more detailed information please consult our frequently asked questions at: For more eligibility criteria of CSSA program please contact either or consult Educational Advising Center of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan:  Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Tajikistan Trade and Business Center "BOKHTAR" 37/1 Bokhtar Street, 4th floor, room # 404 phones: (+992) 372275558 e-mail:   

11 March, 2020, 09:24

              Mr. Almaz Saifutdinov  Board Chair Mr. Almaz Saifutdinov is the Economic/Commercial Specialist at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting and protecting U.S. economic and commercial interests in the region.  In December 2016, he became a Chairman of the Board of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan.   Almaz founded Economic News Tajikistan - one of the most active Facebook groups in the country, which serves as the primary source of information, news, analytical reports and discussion platform.  As the Deputy Head of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development in Tajikistan, Almaz helped establish T-Cell, one of the first mobile operator companies in Tajikistan, and the Pamir Energy public-private partnership, which provides hydroelectric power to most of Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region and to bordering regions of Afghanistan.  Mr. Saifutdinov holds a B.A. in English and French languages from Dushanbe State Pedagogical University, a Master’s Degree in Development Administration from Western Michigan University, USA.  He regularly publishes, under a pseudonym articles and comments on economic, and business issues.                                                           Prof. Ramazon Nazarie Board Member Professor, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Dr. Nazariev is currently the Professor at the Tajik State Pedagogical University (TSPU) named after S. Aini. He is also the Liaison Officer of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK in Dushanbe, the researcher in the Institute of Philosophy, Political Sciences and Law, the Tajik Academy of Sciences and Member of the Dissertation Committee at the Tajik National University. Prof. Nazariev previously worked as the Arabic Translator for Soviet-Russian Companies in Libya (1983-1984), Yemen (1985-1989) and Syria (1994-1995), Yemen (1995-1995). He started his professional career in 1997, as a post–graduate student of TSPU and the Tajik Academy of Sciences where he defended his Kandidate nauki dissertation (2000) and then Doctoral dissertation (2011). His current research projects focus on philosophy of sciences, history of philosophy and social philosophy. He has authored and edited 3 monographies, co-edited 4 textbooks and over 75 articles on these topics in the related philosophy journals and proceedings. Prof. Nazariev has received grants from various funding agencies including the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2006-2007 - Junior Faculty Development Program and 2013-2014 – Fulbright Program), RSS Open Society Support Foundation (2005, 2018-2019). He is appointed as the Head of Philosophy Department (2011-2013), received his Docent (2006), Professor (2013) and award of “A’lochii maorifi Tojikiston” of Tajik Ministry of Education and Sciences (2011), order “Peter the Great” of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2016).                     Ms. Gulnora Beknazarova Board Member Sociologist, member of the board of directors in Zerkalo-Group. Ms. Beknazarova is a member of the gender-working group of the Women and Family Affairs Committee under the President of the Government of Tajikistan. Ms. Beknazarova previously worked as a Director of LLC “Z-analytics in Tajikistan. She started her professional career in 2008, as a Head of Research unit of the Sociological Research Centre “Zerkalo”. Ms. Beknazarova holds a B.A. from the Tajik National University in Dushanbe, a Master in Gender sociology from European Humanitarian University (2003) and PhD on Social philosophy from the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation (2007). Ms. Beknazarova is an author and co-author of the several publications on sociology.                   Mrs. Malika Dodoeva Board Member Director of NGO “Javononi peshsaf” in Panjakent, Tajikistan. Mrs. Malika Dodoeva previously worked as the teacher of mathematics. She started her professional career in 1985, as the teacher of Math at the secondary school. June 2000 to March 2005, the Chief of Jamoat Kolhozchien (current Loik Sherali) of Panjakent disctrict, Sughd Region. Mrs. Malika Dodoeva founded NGO “Javononi peshsaf” in February 2014- one of the most active  public organization in Tajikistan which works on prevention of domestic violence and violent extremism.  Dodoeva Malika participated and had a speech  at the following international conferences: 23-28 June 2015, “Preventing violent extremism and terrorism” Istanbul, Turkey 29-30 June 2015, “Countering violent extremism”, Astana, Kazakhstan 28-30 September 2015, UN Summit “Countering violent extremism”, made a speech on the topic describing problem in Tajikistan and possible solutions to counter extremism a. 04-09 December 2015, “CVE International Research Conference” in Abu Dhabi.  At the moment NGO “Javononi peshsaf” is implementing the project “domestic violence and violent extremism”  with support of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe, Tajikistan                   Mr. Rustam Gulov, Board Member Media Specialist/ Media-Trainer at Internews Network in Tajikistan. Mr. Gulov is a Founder and Admin of Blog platform – the first independent blog platform for Tajik bloggers in Tajikistan, and, focused on knowledge capacity building of journalists and bloggers on using new trends and new technologies media on online-journalism and blogging. Rustam Gulov graduated from Tajik State University of Law, Business and Politics and holds Advanced Program in Law and Economics Degree from the Riga Graduate School of Law (2015). Rustam has rich experience in human rights defense, monitoring of human rights observing, organizing trainings and workshops on human rights and interactive learning tool in human rights. Rustam Gulov is committed to develop media sector in Tajikistan as a main tool of supporting free of speech and promotion of democracy                   Mr. Umed Kalandarov Board Member Mr. Kalandarov has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Law. He graduated Law faculty of People’s Friendship University of Russian, Moscow in 2003.  He has been working on ICNL’s legal enabling environment for civil society projects for over twelve years.  He has been ICNL’s Country Director in Tajikistan since 2011. Mr. Kalandarov has contributed to the analysis and drafting of several laws affecting civil society in Tajikistan, including the new Tax Code, the Law on the Ombudsman Institution, and amendments to the Law on Public Associations. Umed has written a series of publications on different aspects of CSO Law in Tajikistan.                   Dr. Gulnora Razykova, Board Member Dr Gulnora Razykova is a medical doctor, public health system specialist and a proven health administrator with over 20 years’ experience, including ten years in management of health and social sector projects. Currently implementing USAID funded Feed the Future Health and Nutrition Activity as DCOP. Dr Gulnora has implemented a wide variety of health care-related projects both in the public and private sector in Tajikistan, including: System-wide health care reforms activities, at the primary health care level for TB, HIV and MCH; Health system development, including participation in design of the country’s action plan for implementation of the national health care strategy; Health resource management; Family medicine development and implementation; Introduction of evidence-based approaches to medical service delivery. In 2004 Dr Razykova was instrumental in establishing first International private medical practice of Prospekt Dushanbe and has been the key driver in its development during almost 14 years.  Currently is a shareholder, manages and leads coordination of development, all client services as well as all negotiations with local government, non-government structures, international agencies and insurance companies.  Having experience in both (private and government) health systems Gulnora also has proven program management and coordination skills which include planning, budgeting, financial monitoring; results based management and human resource management. Dr Gulnora received professional training in USA, Russia and Germany and started her carrier in international programs in 1996 joining United Nations, during her carrier has been working for UNDP, UN Drug Control Program, DFID, Projects funded by ADB, WB, USAID and others Dr Gulnora has PhD in medical sciences (Moscow, Russia) and executive MBA diploma in Steinbeis University Berlin, Germany. Published more than 10 scientific articles in medical research field, including 2 monographs.
Branch Office of the International Organization of Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation (OSI AF) in the Republic of Tajikistan is seeking a Finance Director to lead the Finance Department. The responsibilities of the Finance Director include, but not limited to: • Advise Foundation’s Executive Director on the overall financial aspects of its programs and projects, including financial planning, future obligations and budgetary implications. • Lead preparation and submission of the Foundation’s annual budget. • Ensure that Foundation guidelines, procedures, and policies are in line with statutory regulation and national legislation. • Update and implement financial policies and procedures. • Coordinate external audits of the Foundation as well as its programs and projects, acting as key contact point for audits and account examinations. • Participate in the development, communication and implementation of the Foundation’s risk policies and processes. • Monitor cash flow, accounts and other financial transactions. • Maintain and provide monthly reports to the Open Society Foundations and other donors. • Manage donor contributions, ensuring correctness of financial reports and responsiveness to donor requirements. • Review budget and financial reports to ensure that expenses are in line with projections. • Track administrative and program spending of the Foundation. • Apply data analyses to provide solutions and recommendations for improved financial monitoring and controls. • Maintain Foundation’s financial system Serenic Navigator ensuring timely upgrades and integration. REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATION • High degree of integrity and accountability. • Understanding and sharing the Foundation’s mission and goals. • 7-10 years of complex finance management / operational experience, ideally in an international organization. • University degree or equivalent in Finance or Accounting. • Professional certification in Finance or Accounting (such as ACCA) is a plus. • Excellent organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and proactive problem-solving skills. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to translate concepts across domains. • Sound understanding of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Serenic Navigator is a plus. • Experience with data models and data analysis. • Experience with fundraising. • Experience in working with non-governmental organizations. • Strong leadership and team working skills. • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds in a pluralistic work environment. • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. • Ability to work under pressure. • Ability to track tasks through completion. • Experience with developing policies and procedures. • Fluent in English, Tajik and Russian languages. All applicants must submit their CV, cover letter, copy of diploma(s), relevant certificates and two recommendation letters before January 31st 2020 to OSI AF in Tajikistan, via email, or hard copies to the following address: 37/1 Bokhtar street, Bokhtar Business Center (former Vefa Business Center), 4th floor, #404, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. OSI AF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin or disability status. Only short-listed candidates will be invited to the interview. Incomplete documents and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
A presentation entitled “Guidelines for implementation of parliamentary oversight of the formation and execution of state budget in the Republic of Tajikistan” will be held on December 19, 2019, at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, within the next round of “Tavozun” Economic Journalism Press Club. This Practical Guide aims to streamline and systematize the process of parliamentary oversight of the budgetary cycle in the Republic of Tajikistan, carried out by members of the committees under Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, both at the state budget formation stage and in the process of its implementation in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan in the field of public finance . The Guide was developed by Economics and Finance Committee under Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan in full compliance with the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan, taking into account the best international practice and is intended for members of Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, in order to strengthen parliamentary oversight by ensuring its timely and effective implementation. The goal of this event is to engage the civil society, a wide range of journalists and media leaders in an active discussion of issues related to improving parliamentary oversight in the general system of public finances and enhancing its forms and methods. Conduction of such events with involvement of a wide range of media and civil society representatives will contribute to the development of economic journalism and increase the financial literacy of the population. Representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Presidential Advisory Council on Improving the Investment Climate, the Committee on Investments and State Property Management, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tax Committee and other relevant governmental departments have been invited to the presentation. Tavozun Press Club is held at the initiative of Khoma Public Organization (, as part of Tajikistan Public Finance Management Support Program, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation, Tajikistan. Information: To establish a platform for sharing different views and experience on quality coverage of economic information in Tajik mass media and to conduct discussions on burning economic issues among international and local experts, government bodies, scientists and analysts, PO “Khoma” holds regular meetings and discussions for journalists under “Tavozun” Press Club umbrella. For more details, please, contact us at: 227 34 78.

24 November, 2019, 23:19

Dear readers, We would like to present the regular annual report for 2018 of the branch of the International Organization “Open Society” Institute – Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan. The report presents detailed information about programs, projects and grants of the Foundation implemented in 2018.
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