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Institution Building and Partnership Programme in Uzbekistan


  • An IBPP brochure pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] developed in 2012 containing information about the Programme as well as a number of case studies based on successfully implemented projects.
  • A Call for Proposals for the Institutional Building Partnership Programme has been launched in 2012. Visitors are invited to consult the Guidelines and respective annexes.

What is IBPP

The Institution Building Partnership Programme (IBPP) is an European Union intervention designed to support grass root initiatives and promote partnership and cooperation between Uzbek non governmental organisations, local/regional authorities, not-for-profit professional organizations and their counterparts in the European Union.

The overall aim of the Programme is the reinforcement of Uzbek civil society and local authorities in order to enable them to develop a participatory approach and consequently, fulfil their potential role in Uzbek society. This support is to be realised through organisations working in partnership in order to develop and implement projects with sustainable outcomes.

As of June 2011, 22 projects have been finalised under IBPP. Initiatives with a focus on social issues, such as helping women and other disadvantaged groups to create their own businesses, have had a positive local economic impact. Thus many women have learnt how to profit economically from newly developed skills to improve their living conditions. Other interventions provided ideas (pilot projects) that have been taken up in other regions by other stakeholders or donors, and at a national level.

Since its creation in 2002, the Programme has played a key role in strengthening Uzbek civil society. The Institution Building & Partnership Programme has proven to be a successful tool for enhancing the participation of women, children and the socially underprivileged as final beneficiaries.

The IBPP programme evaluation undertaken in 2007 confirmed the positive outcomes that EU interventions have had on the vulnerable groups in Uzbekistan. The evaluation has recommended the continuation of IBPP in Central Asia in general and in Uzbekistan in particular.

Example of Projects

Promoting a Culture of Women’s Rights – An Integrated
The project helped civil society organisations to enhance the role of women in society by promoting a culture of women’s rights in public institutions and by upgrading public services to vulnerable women (in the psychological, legal and economic dimensions of empowerment).

Total budget: €249 830 (EU contribution: 79.8%)

Duration of the project: 20 months.

Financed under AAP 2006

Improving Inclusion for Disabled Young People through Environmental Education.
The project aims at developing an inclusive approach to formal and non-formal education for young people with disabilities. They will develop a more positive self image and the feeling that they can play a key role in society.
It also encourages wider society to have a more positive view of young people with disabilities.

Total budget: € 194 477 (EU contribution: 79.7%)

Duration of the project: 24 months.

Financed under AAP 2006

Strengthening the infrastructure and Capacity of Uzbek Colleges for Training Unemployed – INSTRUCT.
The project aims on creating a system for VET for unemployed and social disadvantaged groups at Uzbek professional colleges, using their resources such as buildings, equipment and teachers.

Total budget: € 269 447 00 (EU contribution: 73 %)

Duration of the project: 24 months.

Financed under AAP 2004

SPICE: Schools Partnership to Imùprove the Conservation of Energy.

The Overall Objective (OO) is to influence the mindset of school children, parents and teachers in favour of the conservation of non-renewable energy and the use of renewable energy through partnership building. It is a pilot project, mainly directed at awareness raising among school children and civil society in general in the cities of Bukhara (Uzbekistan) and Bonn (Germany).

Total budget: € 170 128 (EU contribution: 65 %)

Duration of the project: 24 months.

Financed under AAP 2003

Support of women and youth entrepreneurship in remote districts of Uzbekistan
The objective of the project is the strengthening of non governmental and professional organizations for providing business support services for the promotion of entrepreneurship amongst women and youth in Surkhandarya (Baysyn district) and Djizzak (Pakhtakor district) provinces of Uzbekistan

Total budget: € 306 000 (EU Contribution: 76 %)

Duration of the project: 20 months.

Financed under AAP 2006

Financial Education Program (FEP) for Low-Income Households.
The overall objective of the Financial Education Program (FEP) is to improve financial capability of low-income households through the creation of relevant infrastructure at local, regional and national levels.

Total budget: € 247 750 (EU contribution: 80%)

Duration of the project: 24 months.

Financed under AAP 2006

For a complete list of projects funded under the Annual Action Programme 2006 for Uzbekistan you may consult the available brochure here pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] .

To learn more about the 22 selected projects that the European Union has co-financed between 2002 and 2006 click here pdf - 9 KB [9 KB] .

The Annual Action Programme 2010 for Uzbekistan foresees an amount of 2,2 MEUR for IBPP actions. In this regard, a call for proposals has been launched on 1 February 2011 with the deadline for submission of full applications on 31 May 2011. The selected projects have started in November 2011.

How to apply

Organisations interested in applying for an IBPP grant project should check the eligibility criteria and specific requirements in the guidelines published with each Call for Proposals. The guidelines set out the rules for the submission, selection and implementation of actions financed under the Programme, in conformity with the Practical Guide to contract procedures for EU external actions.

Projects have to be submitted by a partnership of at least one Uzbek and one European non-profit organisation. The proposed project should be for an amount of EU co-financing between EUR 100 000 and EUR 200 000 and fall between 50% to 80% of the total eligible costs of the action. The balance must be financed from the applicant's or partners' own resources, or from sources other than the European Union budget. The duration of an action should be between 18 and 24 months.

Actions take place in Uzbekistan. However a limited number of activities for the purpose of promoting intercultural dialogue and/or cooperation may take place in a Member State of the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA) or an official Candidate Country.
Projects should be focused and contain a mix of activities that together will have a sustainable institutional building effect. Successful projects are the result of careful preparation and good co-operation between the Applicant and the Partner(s).

Applicants’ partners should participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the grant beneficiary. They must therefore also satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the grant beneficiary itself.

Last update: 31/08/2012 | Top