Civil Society Brief: Uzbekistan

Publication | December 2021

This brief provides insights on the evolution of modern civil society in Uzbekistan, including how civil society organizations have become increasingly involved in the country’s development.

In Uzbekistan, mahallas—community associations— are widely considered as a foundation of the modern civil society. The creation of the Mahalla Foundation in 1993 eventually led to legislative and governance reforms that promoted and encouraged public involvement and participation in various sectors. Today, local organizations in Uzbekistan can be grouped into four large categories: (i) grassroots civil society organizations, (ii) government-organized nongovernment organizations, (iii) research organizations and think tanks, and (iv) professional associations.

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • ADB and civil society
  • Gender
  • Social development and protection
  • Participation and empowerment
  • Uzbekistan
  • 16
  • 8.5 x 11
  • BRF210456-2

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