Urban Institute Shown the Door

by Nathan Hamm on 7/12/2006 · 1 comment

The Urban Institute has lost its case in the Tashkent City Court, though the outcome was a foregone conclusion and a mere formality for shutting down the organization. The charges are similar to those in earlier cases of NGO expulsions, namely that the Urban Institute’s activities did not match the objectives stated in its charter. From their website, here is what the organization was working on in Uzbekistan.

The Project looks to develop housing associations along more democratic, participatory and accountable models and to introduce professionalism in housing management. UI operates through trainings of residents and other stakeholders and disseminates informational material via a variety of outlets, including the mass media. The Project also devotes considerable attention to capacity-building activities with Uzbekistan’s nascent professional associations of housing associations and renders consultative and methodological assistance directly to housing associations and residents’ initiative groups. Additionally, UI works with national government partners to develop legislation and policies that will empower residents and their housing associations to become more effective and responsible.

Creating accountable and effective housing associations… I can see why they were such a threat,


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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Interested Reader July 13, 2006 at 3:59 pm

How many NGOs have now been shut down? It is amazing this is not getting much notice.

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