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Jessica Howard is now a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Mar 30, 2012

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Our Mission
Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia mobilizes public and private resources to help citizens participate in building their future by strengthening their communities and improving their civic and economic wellbeing.
Mobilizing Resources

EFCA mobilizes resources for its programs among public and private stakeholders by:

Designing and managing major corporate programs and other donor initiatives
Promoting discussion and dissemination of corporate social responsibility (CSR) concepts and best practices
Engaging additional donors, technical experts and governments to maximize program impact

Strengthening Communities

To strengthen local communities, EFCA builds the institutional capacity of partner organizations by:

Training staff in financial and project management
Consulting staff in project design and implementation
Providing resource mobilization training to partner organizations, to help them become more sustainable
Providing self-evaluation training
Helping establish and train boards of trustees

Citizen Participation

EFCA believes that citizens can and should take more responsibility for their wellbeing. To do this it:

Trains organizations and individuals to better represent their interests
Supports engagement between the government, business and non-profit sectors
Builds organizations’ capacity to carry out projects
Promotes transparency and adherence to local laws in itself and its partners

Increasing impact – EFCA’s monitoring and evaluation

EFCA projects start with an assessment of local needs, carried out by EFCA staff, partner organizations or research firms.

Projects are built around logic models, in which a clear link is established between the project’s goals, activities and products. Using the logic model, EFCA can then determine if the results in fact contribute to the goal, or if the project design needs to change.

EFCA strives to set clear, measurable results, and to monitor and evaluate them. The findings are then used to make adjustments to activities and to plan future projects.

EFCA staff receive continuous training in monitoring and evaluation. They work closely with grantees to help them design and evaluate projects, and in doing so help the grant recipients reach a higher level of professionalism.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
US (Nashville, TN), West Bank, Kazakhstan
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Eurasia Foundation Central Asia - Research and Development
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Education, Organizational Development, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Budgeting, Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Rural civil society development, youth identity/roles in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan

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