Good Governance & Public Administration Strengthening Project (GGPAS)

Duration:
August 2013 - August 2016

Implementing Partner:
International Resources Group (IRG)

Key Partners:
Primarily key government institutions

Activity Locations:
Nationwide

Goal

The Good Governance and Public Administration Strengthening (GGPAS) project, launched in 2013 to build on progress achieved during the recent democratic transition, is a flexible, three-year initiative to help strengthen key public and private institutions critical to long-term stability and democratic growth.

GGPAS is providing targeted assistance for governance reform in order to:

  • Improve management processes in key institutions to formulate better policies and deliver services more effectively and efficiently;
  • Improve inclusiveness in policy-making and equitable service delivery for all citizens across the provinces.

GGPAS employs a unique management model and an iterative approach to programming to help USAID better target assistance in the Kyrgyz Republic in the coming years. It is working across sectors as opportunities emerge, strengthening existing partnerships, and establishing new relationships with key institutions. Specific activities have been identified based on the demonstrated priorities of the government of Kyrgyz Republic and the comparative advantages of USAID.

Major Focus Areas

The project has identified a number of program focus areas including supporting institutions and processes key to:

  • Government’s oversight and the broad coordination of reforms;
  • Civil service reform and more effective decentralization;
  • Delivering touchstone public services, including:
    • Provision of healthcare and education
    • Social protection and development
    • Citizen documentation
    • Public safety and security
    • Taxes and business registration processes
    • Electricity and energy provision
    • Other key private sectors like agriculture and food security

Across activities, the program will support partner efforts for more inclusive policies, greater provincial integration, and progress toward ethnic reconciliation.

Specific tools and approaches will include:

  • Employing Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) assessments, performance gap analysis, or other inclusive processes to prioritize performance improvement solutions;
  • Enhancing capacity of local management consultants as service providers;
  • Supporting innovative pilot initiatives to “model” new behaviors and processes, expand services in the provinces, and better include ethnic minorities and other marginalized populations.

Achievements

  • Supported a functional analysis and Human resources workflow assessment at the Ministry of Social Development, and identified a number of specific performance improvement solutions.
  • Assisted the Ministry of Education to better understand citizen perspectives of their services, and more accurately budget for their newly developed institutional action plan.
  • Helped the State Personnel Service (SPS) to engage key stakeholders to improve the draft law “On State and Municipal Service” resulting in 88 recommendations, of which nearly 20% were integrated into the draft legislation.
  • Initiated support for the SPS to develop an ethics code and improve communications to nearly 20,000 civil and municipal employees across the country.
  • Helped the State Tax Service to begin development of a strategy for the improvement of human resource management over the coming three years.
  • Supported the National Alliance of Business Associations (NABA) to better engage southern businesses in local and national policy dialogue by establishing a secretariat in the city of Osh that includes the representation of both women and ethnic minorities. Since the establishment of the secretariat, NABA has increased southern membership from six to twelve business associations, and has joined the Osh city Economic Council and the Osh province Investment Council.

Last updated: August 25, 2014

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