Collaborative Governance Program

Duration: March 2013 – February 2018

Implementing Partner: East-West Management Institute

Funding level: $8,119,435

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

Location: Nationwide

Project Goals

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 supports Government efforts to increase civil society’s role in delivering services through social procurement mechanisms and strengthens civil society’s ability to shape public policy, enhance government transparency, and effectively advocate for citizen concerns.

Major Focus Areas

CGP works with government institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the regulatory framework for social procurement; 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 collaborates with a Consortium of Universities and the Ministry of Education and Science to develop and establish nonprofit management (NPM) 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 through tailored organizational assessments and individual capacity development plans. These measures of an organization’s commitment to development are a critical determinant for investing technical assistance and, potentially, grants funding. CGP 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 Accomplishments

  • CGP, through its partner, the International Center on Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), prepared a substantive analysis of the legislation on social procurement and its current practice, which 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.  ICNL is also helping 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 ICNL, finalized the draft Law on SP and conducted nationwide public hearings and discussions of the draft law. The draft Law on SP was submitted by the Government to Parliament for consideration in summer 2015.
     
  • In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, CGP established a Consortium of Universities led by Kyrgyz National University (KNU). With technical support from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies (JHU/CCSS), CGP has helped develop syllabi for three NPM courses, the first two of which were introduced in the 2014-2015 academic year in eleven universities. With CGP support, KNU and Osh State University have launched Resource Centers for NPM that include workspaces with textbooks, journals, academic research, and online resources available to the faculty, students, and to the public.  To date, over 500 students in eleven universities have attended  CGP-developed NPM courses.
     
  • Through its grants program, CGP has provided opportunities and incentives for CSOs and CSO networks to address public concerns and needs including: citizen 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; advancing the draft law on conflict of interests and access to improved oncology services.
     
  • Over 400 CSOs have submitted organizational profiles to CGP, with over 160 CSOs undergoing subsequent individual diagnostic assessments organized by CGP to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop its capacity strengthening plan.
     
  • CGP provides trainings in workshops in specialized topics such as effective grant-writing to organizations that have voluntarily undergone the diagnostic process.  

Last updated: April 08, 2016

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