In present, Dinara Musabekova is a Director of the Civil Society Initiative based at UCA, leverage the Aga Khan Development Network’s vast experience and current practice in this field. She leads this new initiative whose initial geographical coverage is Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, and eventually expanding to North-Eastern Afghanistan. This involves a granular analysis of the state of civil society, identifying critical sectors and activities to support their growth, and public policies that could frame a more enabling environment for their development.
Dinara has more than 15 years of experience working with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, academics, non – governmental organizations, and regional experts, conducted a deeper policy analysis of the challenges in Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan, and to identify the reasons for numerous problems with civil society and democracy principles that persist in the region.
She had been led several initiatives that promote improved media development, local governance, civil society, political processes, human rights, rule of law, civic education, conflict mitigation and management, public administration, and legislative strengthening which are directly benefitted the civil society actors. Before joining UCA, Dinara was an Executive Director of Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) a nongovernmental organization in Kyrgyzstan. At Soros Foundation she was Director of the Policy Administration Program, which is consist of representatives from think tanks and expert community in Kyrgyzstan. Also, Dinara was a Chief of Party of two USAID`s multiyear’ s community-based development programs and program director for the Rule of Law, Youth Development, Labor Migration, etc. She is also an international/national development consultant on Capacity Mapping of CSOs (Project management, indicator definition and data collection, Performance frameworks, Monitoring and Capacity strengthening, sustainability and fundraising), expert on EITI and mining conflicts management.