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How the Orphanhood Problem in Uzbekistan Can Be Solved?

CABAR.asia 27.08.20

To eradicate orphanhood, it is necessary to support socially vulnerable families, experts believe.

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Adoptions in Tajikistan: Everyone Wants to Adopt a Newborn Boy

CABAR.asia 18.08.20

In Tajikistan, there is a high demand for the adoption of newborn babies, boys mainly. (more…)

Tajikistan: Measures Taken Not Enough to Support Business 

CABAR.asia 13.08.20

The authorities of Tajikistan have announced the measures to support businesses and the poor amid new coronavirus pandemic. However, according to experts, these measures are not enough. (more…)

“Mainstream” of the Past: How Did the Decentralization Reform Take Place in Kazakhstan? 

CABAR.asia 24.07.20

«The policy of decentralization ended with unclear results and did not stimulate a tangible improvement in the accountability of local authorities,» mentioned independent expert Akram Umarov in an article, written specifically for CABAR.asia.

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Challenges NGOs in Uzbekistan are Still Facing

Dilmurad Yusupov 19.07.20

Overview of NGOs in Uzbekistan

According to the Ministry of Justice of Uzbekistan the total number of registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country as of 2020 exceeded 10,000.[1] The Ministry boasted that NGOs are increasingly gaining strong positions in the development of Uzbek society and are becoming a full-fledged partner of the state as the result of adopted legislative measures.

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Press release: Spotlight on Uzbekistan

CABAR.asia 14.07.20

The much talked about reform process in Uzbekistan is real, but so are the significant holes in it, finds a major new publication by the Foreign Policy Centre. (more…)

Benefits and Drawbacks of the New Law on Protests in Kazakhstan

“Even if the new law on peaceful assemblies in Kazakhstan represents a serious step towards improving the outdated legislation of 1995, it is still an imperfect tool, which requires international expertise and further improvement,” Aiнm Saurambayeva, a lawyer in international law, mentioned in her article written specifically for CABAR.asia.

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Pneumonia or coronavirus. Why do people die in Tajikistan’s prisons?

CABAR.asia 17.06.20

Since the official recognition of the presence of COVID-19 in the country, 11 people have died in penitentiary institutions of the Republic with a diagnosis of “pneumonia”. Some prisoners and their relatives fear that this is all coronavirus. 

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Special Aspects of Kazakhstan’s New Foreign Policy Concept

«The new concept of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy openly declares its intentions to secure the status of a“ leading state in the region ”»  – states Andrey Chebotaryov, director of “Alternative” research center, in an article written specifically for CABAR.asia.

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5-Stan Podcast: What determines the purity of atmospheric air in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital?

CABAR.asia 15.04.20

About the air that Dushanbe residents breathe in the next podcast from CABAR.asia


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Lola Olimova and Khasan Sherov. Photo: CABAR.asia
Lola Olimova and Khasan Sherov. Photo: CABAR.asia

In this issue of the podcast, Lola Olimova, editor and programme coordinator of IWPR in Tajikistan, talks with the chief specialist of Environmental Protection Department of Dushanbe city, Khasan Sherov, about what determines the purity of atmospheric air in large cities and what is being done to improve its quality.

Is the air cleaner or dirtier in Dushanbe than it was 40 years ago? After all, in Tajikistan like in other Central Asian countries, the level of industrial production has significantly declined with factories not working for already 30-35 years? From what depends the cleanliness of air in big cities? What or who are the most persistent environmental violators in the capital? And finally, will the coronavirus (COVID-19) affect the environmental situation in the Central Asian countries? These and other issues are discussed in the 5-Stan podcast from CABAR.asia:


This article was prepared as part of the Giving Voice, Driving Change – from the Borderland to the Steppes Project