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Conducted jointly by UNDP, UNV and national partners, the ‘Social Innovation and Volunteerism’ project aims to empower and support Uzbekistan’s youth participating in community development processes. By providing a combination of guidance, training and small grants to groups of proactive individuals, we promote volunteerism and pioneer social innovation for inclusive development.
The vital role volunteers play in empowered and resilient communities, as well as in working towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, has been recognised by several UN resolutions and referred to personally by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. However despite Uzbekistan's rich tradition of ‘Hashar’ (mutual help community groups), the concepts of community-based volunteerism and voluntary community service are not yet widely known in the country. The project seeks to change this by enabling and supporting a culture of volunteerism throughout Uzbekistan.
Additionally, the project will introduce the concept of social innovation as a tool to support volunteer initiatives and to promote the idea of social entrepreneurialism. Social innovation is increasingly seen as the key creative ingredient in locally-driven development, and has already been successfully applied in a number of CIS countries. This project will pioneer similar approaches for the first time in Uzbekistan.
Considerations about the sustainability of each of the project’s key objectives will be emphasised at each implementation stage. The project utilises several key strategies for ensuring that its positive impacts can continue beyond the immediate input from UNDP after 2014:
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