This paper focuses on the history and current context of civil society in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, presenting information on key civil society capacity building actors and their activities and approaches. It provides an assessment of key issues and challenges many of which have relevance not only to Central Asia, but to capacity building elsewhere.

The paper emphasises that effective capacity building relies on responding to the culture and context in which work is undertaken. It argues that approaches and methods utilised must be flexible, appropriate and context specific.



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