Democracy Development Center. Civil Society: An Insight into Best Practices. Geneva: Civil Society Development Program & Aga Khan Development Network, 2007. http://www.akdn.org/publications.asp.
"After its newfound independence in the early 1990’s, the Tajik state proclaimed principles of democracy and wanted to promote a free market economy; however, these ideas were quickly torn down by a civil war that would leave the nation and its people shaken. Social and economic problems began to intensify. During the difficult transition from one political system to another and in the beginning of the construction of an independent Tajik state, society began to come together in the hope of solving its problems and highly motivated individual citizens founded and developed civil society organizations(CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other public associations.
In Tajikistan, the first CSOs were founded in 1993, but by 1999 CSOs had become a mass phenomenon. CSOs throughout Tajikistan began to work towards solving community problems through advocacy and mobilising local populations. The purpose of this book is to highlight CSOs that have been working successfully, productively, and independently to solve community problems throughout Tajikistan.
Today, the number of CSOs in Tajikistan is so large that it would be impossible to highlight all of their accomplishments. For this reason, when selecting the CSOs to be presented in the book the authors not only tool into account the efficiency of the organization, but also tried to cover all regions in the country and to reflect a wide range of social services and activities provided by them: The presentation of the selected CSOs is provided in the form of biographies. We hope this format allows the reader to see CSOs for what they really are, the work that they do, and the difference they make in rural and urban communities.
This publication was prepared by the Democracy Development Center within the framework of the Civil Society Development Program financed by the Aga Khan Foundation, a member of the Aga Khan Development Network."