Collaborative Governance Program

Thanks to the program Sarahan’s school in Osh has become friendlier to people with disabilities.
Thanks to the program Sarahan’s school in Osh has become friendlier to people with disabilities.
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Duration: Mar 2013 – Mar 2020

Budget: $11.5 million

Implementing Partner: East-West Management Institute

Key Partners: Ministry of Labor and Social Development of KR, Ministry of Justice of KR, civil society organizations, ICNL, DPI, Civic Participation Fund, and Association of Legal Clinics. 

Activity Locations: Kyrgyz Republic

The program is designed to foster effective collaboration between civil society and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to improve the delivery of social services, strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations, and increase access to justice for the most vulnerable populations.

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

Under the program, USAID supports Kyrgyz Government efforts to improve the delivery of services through social procurement mechanisms and enables civil society organizations to shape public policy, enhance government transparency, and advocate for citizen concerns more effectively. The program also supports education institutions to foster the development of civil society leaders and offers grants to promote civic engagement, enhance the work of civil society organizations, promote public policy analysis and reform, and support rapid response to emerging issues of public interest. Since 2017, the program has worked with the Ministry of Justice to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable populations with a focus on victims of domestic violence.

EXPECTED RESULTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The program supported the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to develop the Law on State Social Procurement to help engage more civil society organizations in providing social services to citizens. After adoption in 2017, two pilot municipalities implemented social procurement projects using new mechanisms with the program’s support. Allocation of public funding for social procurement almost doubled in 2019 reaching 42.5 million KGS.
  • Since 2016, the program has supported public councils of various government bodies. Through these oversight councils civil society collaborates with the government to improve its effectiveness and transparency. As it becomes more sustainable institution, 94% of government representatives were satisfied with the work of public councils. Members of the public councils also contributed to Kyrgyz Republic’s decision to join the Open Government Partnership. 
  • The program helped to advocate for adoption of the new Law on Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence along with supporting legal acts. Over 500 representatives of national and local entities were familiarized with new mechanisms to implement the new law.
  • More than 1,800 women engaged in various project-supported activities aimed at preventing domestic violence and empowering women. The program contributes to promoting gender issues in the country by promoting committees on prevention of domestic violence in 27 communities. 
  • In six years, civil society organizations supported by the program implemented 85 initiatives to advance police reform, improve government procurement, increase transparency of local budgets, strengthen property rights, fight corruption, prevent domestic violence, and improve access to vital services like electricity, irrigation water and low interest loans.
  • The program evaluated the organizational capacity, sustainability and leadership of over 328 civil society organizations and provided training on various topics based on this assessment. Majority found this exercise and training very useful and used the recommendations in practice.  
  • USAID helped to establish 10 out of 23 Free Legal Aid Centers throughout Kyrgyzstan. These centers have already provided free legal consultations to over 80,000 citizens in 2018. Users can find these centers and other legal service providers on www.legalmap.gov.kg, which was created with the program’s support. 

Last updated: April 23, 2019

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