Collaborative Governance Program

Duration:
March 2013 – February 2018

Implementing Partner:
East-West Management Institute

Key Partners:
Ministry of Social Development, University Consortium led by Kyrgyz National University, civil society organizations

Activity Location:
Nationwide

Activity Overview

The goal of the program is to support government efforts to increase civil society’s role in delivering services through social procurement mechanisms, and strengthen civil society’s ability to shape public policy, enhance government transparency and outreach to citizens, and more actively engage them in advocacy. The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) works to foster effective collaboration among civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic for more responsible and accountable governance as well as a more credible and sustainable civil society. CGP’s goal is to support government efforts to increase civil society’s role in delivering services through social procurement mechanisms. CGP also works to strengthen civil society’s ability to shape public policy, enhance government transparency and outreach to citizens, and more actively engage them in advocacy. 

Activity Areas

CGP works with government institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the regulatory framework for social procurement, philanthropy, and charity; to enhance the capacity of the government to engage CSOs in delivering social services and technical assistance; and to establish a strategy for cooperation among the government, CSOs, and the private sector.

CGP is collaborating with the Consortium of Universities and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic to develop non-profit management (NPM) courses; establish these courses in universities; and enhance academic capabilities and resources for NPM. Additionally, CGP works with CSOs at the national and regional levels to improve their organizational capacities by addressing their weaknesses and leveraging their strengths. This includes providing organizational assessments which help to develop specific organizational and strengthening plans to enhance individual CSO capacity.

CGP works with those CSOs that demonstrate commitment to investing in their own organizational development. This measure of individual CSO leaders’ will to improve their organization, is a critical determinant for investing technical assistance and potentially grant funding.

The program offers competitively-awarded grants to promote civic engagement; enhance the work of CSO coalitions; promote public policy analysis and reform; and support rapid response initiatives to address emerging issues of public interest. These activities are co-funded by Great Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID).

Activity Impact and Accomplishments

CGP, through its partner, the International Center on Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), had prepared a substantive analysis of the legislation on social procurement and its current practice titled Analysis of State Procurement of Social Services in the Kyrgyz Republic and Recommendations for its Improvement. This analysis formed the basis of a new draft Law on State Procurement of Social Services (Law on SP) which addresses gaps and deficiencies in the current legislation, as well as to develop draft bylaws to complete the legislative framework necessary to advance the social procurement system.

A Working Group, comprising 11 representatives from the Ministry of Social Development, civil society organizations, and INCL, finalized the draft Law on SP and conducted nationwide public hearings and discussions of the draft law. All constructive proposals were incorporated into the draft Law on SP and provided to the Ministry of Social Development to be initiated in Parliament.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, CGP helped to establish a Consortium of Universities led by Kyrgyz National University (KNU). With technical support from the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies (JHU/CSSC), the program, in cooperation with KNU as the hub University has helped develop syllabi for two NPM courses. With CGP support, KNU launched a Resource Center for NPM that includes a workspace with textbooks, journals, academic research, and online resources available to the faculty, students, and to the public.

Through its grants program, CGP has to date provided opportunities and incentives for 10 Kyrgyzstani CSOs and CSO networks to address public concerns and needs to include: civic monitoring of police reform; transparency of local budgets; access to electricity and irrigation water in communities; improving sanitary conditions at a local open-air market; access to low interest loans; and access to improved oncology services.

The CGP grants program promotes civic engagement on a variety of levels while improving cooperation amongst CSOs and the media. In addition, grant funding may be used to improve the quality of CSO engagement of their constituencies and their relationships with government officials, businesses, and the media.

- Draft Law on State Procurement of Social Services prepared in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development

  • Improved information-gathering and targeted capacity building of civil society organizations
  • Non-profit management courses to be launched in local universities in September 2014

Last updated: August 25, 2014

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