PeaceNexus Foundation

Foundation for Tolerance International

March 2, 2017

Founded in 1998, the Foundation for Tolerance International (FTI)  is one of the largest and most experienced NGOs working in conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Central Asia. It has built a strong reputation for its work, especially its efforts in the prevention and non-violent resolution of inter-ethnic conflicts in the Ferghana Valley. FTI uses different tools and approaches to promote peace and non-violent communication among diverse communities at local, national and regional levels.

FTI’s OD process started with a comprehensive review and led to a change in its leadership and operational model. The new structure allows FTI to better coordinate and monitor its different programs across its four regional offices. Policies and internal systems are being progressively revised to further strengthen accountability. The next step will be the development of a new strategic plan that is informed by the region’s changing context.

“FTI has achieved better results through its OD process as compared to previous attempts. Key issues related to communication, roles and responsibilities of management staff, and financial stability had been discussed a lot of times in the last several years but they were not addressed successfully. Now clear roles and responsibilities have been set up; the President is visible to the staff and partners. For us the process involves daily changes in attitudes and behaviour. Of course, it is not possible to change everything in one moment, but the organisation is moving forward.”

Tajyka Shabdanova, President