Active Communities (Jigerduu Jarandar)

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The Active Communities Project is designed to improve people’s lives in Kyrgyzstan by helping communities, local governments, NGOs, and the private sector to solve problems of local concern.
The Active Communities Project is designed to improve people’s lives in Kyrgyzstan by helping communities, local governments, NGOs, and the private sector to solve problems of local concern.
Erkin Boljurov

The Jigerduu Jarandar project, known as Active Communities in English, supports the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and civil society organizations to work together to improve the lives of Kyrgyz citizens.  Through community-led civic engagement and support for national initiatives, the project aims to improve public services and access to justice based on a commitment to inclusive democratic values and equal application of the rule of law.

DURATION: Oct. 2019 – Sep. 2024

BUDGET: $16.1 million

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: FHI 360, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Ferghana Valley Lawyers Without Borders

KEY PARTNERS: Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ombudsman Institute of the Kyrgyz Republic, local self-governments, civil society organizations.



Jigerduu Jarandar focuses on four programmatic areas:

  • Expand Community Development and Municipal Waste Management Solutions by supporting local governments and active citizen groups so that Kyrgyzstani families can live and grow in a safe and healthy environment;
  • Reduce Gender-Based Violence through civic-minded efforts of local committees for the prevention of domestic violence, and support to crisis centers and the Kyrgyz government; 
  • Strengthen Civic Engagement and Participation by supporting collaborative engagement between civil society networks and the Kyrgyz government on priority issues, with a focus on legislative reforms and raising public awareness;
  • Improve Access to Justice for the most vulnerable and marginalized, focusing on strengthening Kyrgyz government systems and local institutions able to sustain legal aid and advocating for law and policy changes needed to overcome barriers to justice.

In each programmatic area, Jigerduu Jarandar: 1) works through civic leaders and organizations, and; 2) engages constructively with public institutions and the private sector to generate sustainable governance solutions.

Jigerduu Jarandar supports the Kyrgyz Government in the implementation of the National Development Strategy 2018-2040, the Program for Development of Local Self-Government 2018-2023, the National Strategy on Achieving Gender Equality until 2030, and the Concept of Crime Prevention for 2022-2026 (focusing on domestic violence).

Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership

Jigerduu Jarandar advances gender equality and social inclusion through the prevention and protection of women and girls from gender-based violence and supporting women’s participation and leadership in public life. Through project support, women have played important leadership roles in community-led initiative groups solving local issues, such as new street lighting, better waste management, or building community parks. Women have also served as peer educators to improve legal literacy, led efforts to support victims of domestic violence, and worked in collaboration with crisis centers.


Community Development/Support for Municipal Waste Management Solutions

  • Jigerduu Jarandar is supporting 20 local initiative groups in 10 municipalities to address community issues such as improvement of waste management practices, construction of parks and playgrounds, street lighting, and school bathroom facilities.  For example, Ak-Jar Municipality of Osh Region just inaugurated an expansion of the town’s street lighting system which benefits 2,200 households.

Reduce Gender-Based Violence

  • 2,588 survivors of gender-based violence from across the country received material, legal, and psychological assistance, as well as shelter services after Jigerduu Jarandar provided grants to 11 civil society organizations to address rising rates of gender-based violence during the pandemic;  
  • 17 new Local Committees for the Prevention of Domestic Violence were established and 84 Committees across the country were strengthened;

Strengthen Civic Engagement and Participation

  • Supported 77 civil society organizations to participate in the national legislative inventory process as the Kyrgyz Republic brings all existing laws into compliance with the new, April 2021 Constitution.
  • 533 women local councilors participated in capacity building, leadership, and mentoring activities;

Improve Access to Justice

  • 3,108 citizens in 10 target municipalities have received free legal consultations on key issues such as civil rights, legal status, family law, and land ownership;
  • 1,170 citizens received free legal consultations from project-supported lawyers via the “115” telephone hotline thanks to the Jigerdu Jarandar’s partnership with the Ombudsman Institute
  • 1,786 psychological and mental health consultations were provided to residents of Batken Region affected by the 2020 and 2021 border conflict between the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

Last updated: April 13, 2022

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