Deutsch-Kasachische Gesellschaft in Berlin organized an event on NGOs and Civil Society in Kazachstan. Many politicians, representatives of various international organizations were present. I was wondering why there is no Deutsch-Usbekische Gesellschaft in Germany. Sorry, I was wrong. Just a quick search in the energy-saving-black Google proved that, indeed, Deutsche-Usbekische Gesellschaft does exist. In Königswinter. But it is not what the post is about.
Once upon a time, in times when conditions for NGOs in Uzbekistan were more or less friendly and supporting I was engaged in all that business. NGOs were much better equiped, they had people with good computer, language and other skills. If one wanted to work for an (usually international, or financed from abroad) NGO, and receive much better wage (even cleaning personnel is paid ridiculously higher than the cleaning personnel of a school or khokimiyat – urban administration) than people working for the government structure, one had to apply for the position, not ask dad or relatives to help, but write a motivation letter and an impressive CV.
On the other hand, people paid by the government usually work in terrible conditions, sometimes even state officials, though, mostly, they have carpets, TV and other commodities in their rooms. The same poor situation is with the personnel, and the skills they possess. Some have computers, but they can’t do much with these machines. Usually, they can switch it on and out, work only with one or two programs; seldom have internet access.
There’s plenty of room for improvement in Human Resources concept used by the governmental organizations. If government officials did a little more to attract talented people, like international NGOs can do, the working day, and the quality of work done would have looked different.