Insights into Development
The conference "Insights into Development"
by ARGO Civil Society Development Association
13 - 14 June
09.00 - 18.00
Rixos, Almaty
THE "INSIGHTS INTO DEVELOPMENT" CONFERENCE

Unique Opportunities:

200 experts, civil society representatives, international organizations, business, state actors from Central Asia and CIS countries, Europe, USA, Latin America, North and South Africa, South and East Asia

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
June 13
08:30 – 09:00
08:30 – 09:00
Registration
09:00 - 09:30
09:00 - 09:30
Opening
9:30 – 9:50
9:30 – 9:50
Welcome from host, officials and honored guests
Ball Room
Program review and logistics
9:50 – 10:35
9:50 – 10:35
Plenary Session with the experts
Session 1 Ball Room
New level of civil society development: social innovations and civic initiatives role in forming culture, the value of contribution of civil participation and accountability

World leaders and civil society experts of "Innovations for Change" (I4C) and Central Asia impulse speeches:


  • Civic initiatives, community collaboration, Noel Dickover, Innovation for Change Global
  • Tech driven innovations, Eugenio Vergara, ONG CDI Chile, LAC Hub
  • Women empowerment, Civic Initiatives, Rahi Niamatullah, I4C, South Asia Hub
  • Philipp Reichmuth, СA I4C, Central Asia
  • Regeneration of civil society, Tara Shoup-Paulsson, Development Advisor, Sweden
10:35 – 11:00
10:35 – 11:00
Innovation Talks
Ball Room
11:00 – 11:30
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00
11:30 – 13:00
Five parallel panel discussions
Session 2
International experts, I4C, Innovation talks speakers, government representatives, business, community and CSO's leaders
Five parallel panel discussions
11:30 – 13:00
Panel 1
  • Civic initiatives, Community collaboration, Juanita Adames, Innovation for Change Global
  • Ato Brown, Country Manager, World Bank in Kazakhstan
  • Anastasia Stytsenko, Kyrgyzstan
  • Saniya Arapova, Make-a-thon, TOM, Kazakhstan
  • Ikrom Mamadov, Tajikistan
  • Rahi Niamatullah, Afghanistan
Panel 2
  • Alternative funding models, crowdfunding, and social enterprise, Juan Carlos Lozano, LAC Hub, Columbia
  • Organizational Resiliency Framework, Roselie Vasquez-Yetter, USA
  • Leysen Shayakhmetova, "Intellectual volunteering", TODOGOOD, Russian
  • Assel Kubanychbekova, Kyrgyzstan
  • Alexey Kulikov,"Perekrestok" Kazakhstan
  • Gulya Сhoreklieva, Turkmenistan
Panel 3
  • Technology in the social good sector, Noel Dickover, Global Hub, USA
  • Nurlan Uteshev, Kazakhstan
  • Elena Malitskaya, Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center", Russia
  • Sherzod Saparov, Strategy Development Center, Uzbekistan
  • Cholpon Akmatova, Public Fund «FSDS», Kyrgyzstan

Panel 4
  • Storytelling techniques, campaign accelerator, Ellie Stephens, Global Hub, USA
  • Fuad Dargahli, "Educated Society", Azerbaijan
  • Aizada Sharshenova, Kyrgyzstan
  • Vadim Ni, Kazakhstan
  • Timur Nurlobekov, Tajikistan
  • Ehsan Shayegan, Afghanistan

Panel 5
  • Alexey Kuzmin, Process Consulting, Russia
  • Aliya Galimova, Chairman, Committee for Religious Affairs and Civil Society
  • Sergei Khudyakov, Kazakhstan
  • Regina Safarova, Uzbekistan
13:00 - 14:00
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 15:00
14:00 - 15:00
Open space: Innovations cubed
Session 3 Ball Room
15:00 - 16:00
15:00 - 16:00
Innovations Talks
Ball Room
16:00 - 16:30
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 17:45
16:30 - 17:45
Best stories from social innovations and civic participation from the 2018 Insights Into Development book
Session 4 Ball Room
17: 45 - 18.00
17: 45 - 18.00
Conclusions and closing of the first day
18:00 – 20:00
18:00 – 20:00
Contemporary Art Exhibition opening
Esentai mall, gallery, address: Al' Farabi avenue, 77/8

June 14
9:00 – 10:00
9:00 – 10:00
CSO Web-Academy Launch
Session 5 Ball Room
  • Web-academy partners, first graduates and development team, on-line education instructors
  • Geir Gunnlaugsson, Presentation from Uppsala University, Research Centre of Russia and Eurasia, Sweden
  • Zhanar Rahimbekova, ARGO
  • Overview: Global Best Practices of On-line CSO Management Education, Tara Shoup-Paulsson, Sweden
  • Representatives of Quality Committee and National Universities
10:00 – 10:30
10:00 – 10:30
Energizer
10:30 – 11:00
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00
11:00 – 13:00
Master classes (parallel sessions)
Session 6
Master class #1
Elena Vovnova, Katya Dzvonik,
Olga Sultanova, Olga Malysheva
Kazakhstan
Master class #2
Cecily Rawlinson, Global Hub, South Africa
Master class #3
Leysen Shayakhmetova, Todogood, Russia
Master class #4
Noel Dickover, Global Hub, USA
Master class #5
Alexey Kuzmin, Process Consulting, Russia
Master class #7
Olga M. Zaluchonova, PhD
Master class #6
Vadim Ni, Kazakhstan
13:00 – 14:00
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch
14.00 - 15.30
14.00 - 15.30
Continuation of master classes parallel sessions
Session 7
Master class #2
Aziza Umarova, Smartgov.Consulting Uzbekistan
Master class #6
Vadim Ni, Kazakhstan
Master class #3
Leysen Shayakhmetova, Todogood, Russia
Master class #7

Olga Zaluchonova, PhD, Kazakhstan
Zhanar Rakhimbekova, ARGO
Master class #5
Alexey Kuzmin, Process Consulting, Russia
Master class #8
Professor Ken Harvey
15:30 – 16:00
15:30 – 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30
16:00 – 17:30
LEVEL UP Prize Award Ceremony
Ball Room
Conference Organizers
16:00 – 17:30
16:00 – 17:30
Award ceremony for the Dmitriy Tereshkevich Prize for Environmental Youth Activism in Central Asia (Diamond 5)
Diamond 5
17:30 – 18:00
17:30 – 18:00
Plenary Session. Closing
Ball Room
18:00
18:00
Reception
Ball Room
Speakers
Philipp Reichmuth
Philipp Reichmuth is a specialist in strategic management consulting, change and innovation management in the private sector, educational and non-commercial organizations. He has been involved in various projects in the Central Asian countries since 15 years. The cooperation with ARGO goes back to 2013. Since then they have been developing and implementing various projects together, including conferences and events, educational formats and trainings as well as the development of platforms. The latest of these projects is the Central Asian Innovation for Change Hub that promotes innovation in civil society in the five Central Asian republics, plus Afghanistan and Mongolia.
Tara Shoup-Paulsson
Tara Shoup-Paulsson has worked in the field of civil society and civil society development since 2010. She is currently in Sweden working in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the economic integration of migrants and youth; and on the board of the Swedish chapter of FIAN (FoodFirst Information and Action Network). Tara is also the Development Advisor for the Civil Society Development Association - ARGO. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Columbia College, USA; a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Ft. Hays State University, USA; and a Master's degree in International Studies, with a minor in Gender and Women's Studies and specialization in civil society development from the University of Wyoming, USA.

Elizabeth Stephens
Elizabeth Stephens has been working in communications for the past 5 years, primarily with international organizations and on the African continent. She is currently working out of Johannesburg as the Communications Coordinator for Innovation for Change (I4C) where she helps civil society organizations design communications strategies, manage their social media, launch campaigns, and coordinate events. In her spare time she writes science fiction and romance novels and is an avid learner of languages. She speaks English, French, some German and Arabic.

Noel Dickover
Noel Dickover is the Project Director for Innovation for Change at Counterpart International. Noel has convened technologists and NGOs in over 20 countries around the world for learning engagements. Noel has significant experience an applying Big Data and social media to international development challenges, including developing one of the first open data platforms for the peacebuilding community (osrx.org). He has supported 5 different United States Federal agencies in writing policy, designing and implementing innovative technology development projects, organizational change, knowledge management and data sharing efforts.

Niamatullah Rahi
Mr. Rahi has a Bachelor's degree in General Law from Goa University, India. He recently received his Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Kabul University.
Niamatullah Rahi joined South Asia Hub as South Asia Hub Coordinator on April 1, 2018. In the last ten years, Mr. Rahi has worked in different national and international organizations such as UNOPS, CTG Global, IOM, and Afghan Women's Educational Center (AWEC) in various capacities. He has the experience of working in education, social and political areas in his resume. Mr. Rahi has been involved in Innovation for Change since its inception in Asia.

Regina Safarova
Regina Safarova is an expert of the Center for Economic Development (CED). She has worked in international non-commercial organizations more than 19 years old. Field of activity embraces researching and developing priority directions to be financed, initial project appraisal, project/program planning, monitoring and final evaluation of project/program as well as country institutional capacity building of evaluation. Regina Safarova has worked as a team member on evaluation with a number of international organizations like ILO, UNDP, World Bank, USAID, GEF and others.

Leysen Shayakhmetova
Partner at Todogood intellectual volunteering platform. Practicing facilitator, team and individual coach, who has gained experience from the world known masters such as Caitlin Walker, Tony Robbins and others. Leysen is a member of International Coaching Federation (ICF). 7 years of experience at Ward Howell, the leading executive search and leadership consulting company in Russia. Managed recruitment department in fashion retail business (Gloria Jeans). FLEX alumna.
Ato Brown
Ato Brown is Country Manager of the World Bank for Kazakhstan in the Europe and Central Asia Region from 2016. He has over 25 year working experience with the World Bank and other donor financed projects engaged on several development topics including infrastructure development and utility reforms, private sector engagement in services delivery, innovative financing of services, urban and rural development and social protection in Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is a Ghanaian national with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and a master's degree in Infrastructure Planning from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.



Timur Nurlobekov
Timur Nurlobekov have worked in Civil Society sector since 1996, primarily as volunteer and now as executive director of one of the leading NGOs in Tajikistan - PO "Fidokor". He has worked as grant manager administrating the grant program at local, national and international levels. In frames of the Partnership for Innovations program (P4I) in Tajikistan he provides consultations and grant support to vulnerable abandoned families affected by labor migration, especially to abandoned wives of labor migrants. He speaks Russian, Tajik, English, Turkish and a bit of German and Uzbek.
Saniya Arapova
Saniya runs the office of the "Association of Friends of Tel Aviv University in the Republic of Kazakhstan" from the beginning of 2016. Since that time, she has initiated many projects in the regions, for example the makeathone "TOM: Kazakhstan" (www.kazakhstan.tomglobal.org) and the project "The Ecosystem of Student Entrepreneurship". She also launched the program to help children learn the entrepreneurship "Momentum". Her projects are aimed at the development of business education and social entrepreneurship through a systemic, integrated, institutional approach which is adapted to the modern state of affairs in Kazakhstan.
Ikrom Mamadov
Head of the NGO "Youth Group for the Protection of the Environment"
I have been working in the organization since 2003 and volunteered in the beginning. For over 15 years, I have directed more than 20 projects in the environmental field, reinforced regional cooperation and secured interests of local residents at the level of state institutions. I have partnered with government and international organizations to decrease the risks of natural disasters for more than 7 years. I took a lively part in planning the development of the districts in the Republic of Tajikistan.



Anastasiia Stytsenko
Anastasiia Stytsenko has been working in Youth Volunteer Organization "Leadership" for the past 12 years, last 6 of which as a director. Where she helps to build the capacity of young people in Karakol and Issyk-Kul region. She integrates the work of youth into social welfare for the development of their communities. In her spare time she organizes meetings with teenagers and helps them to implement social actions, initiatives and fundraising campaigns. She tries to be a socially useful person and share her volunteer experience with teenagers and youth.
Ehsan Shayegan
Ehsan Shayegan is the founder and director of Porsesh Research and Studies Organization (PRSO), based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ehsan has MA in sociology from India. He has worked as senior research specialist with Creative Associates International (CAI), also as research specialist at Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS), and as research programs manager and research consultant with different local firms and NGOs. He is a qualitative social researcher, contributed in two different studies, led by University of York and Durham University. He has published articles in different academic journals.



Roselie Vasquez-Yetter
Roselie is Mexican-American born in Germany and raised in California. After spending several years in Central Asia, being an independent consultant, and launching a small business, Roselie found her way to PartnersGlobal through a family friend.
In her dual role with a foot in both the regional teams and the technical support team, she is at the heart of providing strategic planning and oversight for the Latin America programs while also applying lessons learned from the civil society portfolio throughout the organization. She takes the lead on our Civil Society global partnerships with a commitment to organizational resiliency and innovative partnerships in the sector.
Some of her past accomplishments include building a sustainable civil society capacity building program in Central Asia, empowering women social entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia, and building a network of women's health advocates.

Alexey Kulikov
In 1997 started to work in an NGO. And since 2001 he is leading "Perekryostok" Public Foundation.
2005-2008: working as an instructor for local trainers in the field of "Civil Society" in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan).
2006: completed an internship in the United States under the program "Leadership in Management and Teambuilding".
2009: joined the group of developers of the international program "Training for Trainers" aimed at the facilitation of the interaction between NGOs and law enforcement agencies (Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan).
2013: completed an Internship in the USA under the program "Financial Sustainability of NGOs". 2014 – present: in charge of the "Khatiko" rehabilitation center.





Cecily Rawlinson
Cecily Rawlinson is an Australian-British national who joined CIVICUS in June 2013. Cecily holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. Cecily has lived in England, France, Thailand, Australia, Switzerland and is currently located at CIVICUS' HQ in Johannesburg. Prior to joining CIVICUS, Cecily began her career at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Cecily has been involved with CISV International (a volunteer organisation that aims to create active citizens through educational programmes centred on cultural diversity) for many years, most notably as Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific and communications team leader. Cecily worked in the Secretary-General's Office on Governance and Youth, before transitioning to work on the Civil Society Innovation Initiative.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos grew professionally in volunteer organizations and today is a social entrepreneur, founder of two companies based in Bogotá (Colombia), after having worked in several civil society organizations, governmental entities and donor agencies. He has carried out more than 80 consulting projects with public entities, international donor agencies, private companies and civil society organizations that have used innovation, data and IT as key elements of its formula. In 2015, he founded Innpactia: a web desktop app that "brings social impact funding to everyone's fingertips". It multiplies the connections between social impact projects and future donors and supporters in Latin America. Today, innpactia has been used by more than 8 thousand organizations and people dedicated to creating social impact in more than 20 countries.
Eugenio Vergara
Eugenio is a social entrepreneur, father of twins, who co-founded the NGO CDI Chile on 2001, member of the Brazilian CDI-Recode global network, developing since then various digital inclusion programs in 8 regions of the country, impacting more than 100 vulnerable rural and urban communities. In 2007, TechSoup Global partnered with CDI Chile to develop the donation program in the country, reaching more than 1600 NGOs that can access and benefit from the leading technological donor companies, empowering the not for profit sector through ICT. Eugenio participated on the he International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program, and since 2015member of the General Assembly of the Innovation for Change Latam Hub.

Vadim Ni
Vadim Ni, Chairperson of Ecoforum of NGOs of Kazakhstan, publisher of Living Asia online ecojournal, He works as freelance consultant on environmental law, climate change and environmental protection. Vadim participates in environmental NGO activities since 1994.
The "Insights into Development" Conference
Meetings with world civil society leaders, acquaintance with the best practices, participation in master-classes, discussions and side events
Level Up Prize
A contest for the best civil projects that were implemented in Central Asia in 2016 and 2017. More than 80 applications were submitted for the competition. Voting for the best projects goes open and in online format.
Conference 2017
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