Kyrgyzstan Political Process Program: NDI

Duration:
April1, 2012 – September  30, 2015

ImplementingPartner:
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

ActivityLocations:
Nationwide/All regions

Key partners:
Parliament, political parties, and civil society organizations

Activity Goal and Overview

The Kyrgyz Republic Political Processes Program is a 3.5 year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).  This program is implemented by all three members of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS):

  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • International Republic Institute (IRI)
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs works to further consolidate efforts to build democracy through strengthening the responsiveness and sustainability of political institutions – specifically its political parties, the parliament including women MPs and civil society organizations.

Activity Areas

Connecting Parliament and Citizens
NDI works with all the political factions in the Jogorku Kenesh, the Kyrgyz Parliament, to increase connections between parliament and citizens. NDI is assisting Members of Parliament (MPs) to increase the transparency, accountability and constituent outreach of the parliament by supporting the activities of the Democracy Committee, an informal group of 10 MPs. NDI has also trained MPs, their consultants and faction press services to increase MPs exposure to their constituents. In 2013, NDI assisted 10 MPs to start model constituent service offices in various regions of Kyrgyzstan.

NDI is also working with factions in parliament to strengthen their constituency service activities and communications between the faction in the parliament and their party branch offices in the regions.

Telephone Polling and Focus Groups Discussions
In order to assist the parliament, the government, political parties and civil society to better serve citizens and to increase MPs understanding of public opinion, NDI conducts focus groups and telephone polls on selected issues throughout Kyrgyzstan and disseminates the findings to help inform political debate and decision making.

Citizen Participation and Election Monitoring
NDI works with its main domestic election monitoring partner, the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, to increase its capacity and expertise in election monitoring. NDI also supports the Coalition’s capacity for public research and assists with its organizational development.

Enhancing Women’s Political Participation
NDI works with Parliamentary Women MPs Caucus and elected women deputies in local councils to strengthen women’s political leadership skills. This includes supporting the development of continuous dialogue between women MPs and political activists across the country.

Impact and Accomplishments

Connecting Parliament and Citizens
A Development Strategy of the JogorkuKenesh has been drawn up with significant influence from MPs who have worked with NDI. More than 2000 Kyrgyz citizens have directly interacted with more than 40 different MPs from across the factions during 25 public hearings in the regions on issues of concern to their communities.

Telephone Polling and Focus Group Discussions
All factions and major political parties learned about public perception of the main political institutions and the main issues concerning citizens through telephone polls and focus groups. Some parliamentary factions took actions to improve communication with citizens by establishing offices and conducting faction meetings in the regions.

Enhancing Women’s Political Participation
Frequent regional travels have heightened the understanding of women MPs about their role as nationally elected officials, which helps to improve their responsiveness to community needs in parliament. Also, through a firsthand interaction with MPs, women local council members have an improved understanding of MPs work and the Parliamentary system of governance.
 

 

Last updated: August 27, 2014

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