Collaborative Governance Program

USAID supports emerging women leaders
USAID supports emerging women leaders
USAID / Kyrgyz Republic

Duration: March 2013 – February 2018

Implementing Partner: East-West Management Institute

Funding level: $9.3 million

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

Location: Nationwide


The program is designed to foster effective collaboration between civil society, private business leaders, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic resulting in a more responsible and accountable government as well as a more credible and sustainable civil society.


The Collaborative Governance Program (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.

The program helps to strengthen civil society organizations through tailored organizational assessments and individual capacity development.

CGP also works with universities and the Ministry of Education and Science to streamline nonprofit management courses to foster development of future civil society leaders.

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).

CGP supports the demand-side initiatives of the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, focusing on increasing demand for the Rule of Law in an effort to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable populations, with a focus on victims of domestic violence.


  • CGP conducted 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. The new bill, which addresses gaps in the current legislation, was the subject of nationwide discussion with support from CGP. Currently, the draft law is in the Parliament for review.
  • The program helped to establish a consortium of universities to advance nonprofit management education in the country. The consortium developed and introduced four courses during 2014-2016 in 11 universities with 1,280 students attending the courses to date.  Four universities - Kyrgyz National University and Osh, Naryn, and Batken State Universities - now host Nonprofit Management Resource Centers that include workspaces with textbooks, journals, academic research, and online resources available to faculty, students, and the public. The program also helped to develop a special textbook, train professors and link them with counterparts in other countries.
  • Under the program, USAID CGP provided 44 grants to 96 civil society organizations to address a number of issues related to police reform, government procurement, transparency of local budgets, property rights, corruption, access to electricity and irrigation water, and access to low interest loans.
  • The program helped to strengthen Guarantee Funds, a new financial tool for expanding access to credit for businesses, through support of advocacy efforts for the adoption of the new Law on Guarantee Funds.
  • CGP grant funding supported a CSO initiative on the introduction of an external evaluation of the police to bring the police closer to local communities and strengthen relations between the law enforcement structures, local government, and the public.
  • CGP grants have empowered several hundred women in their pursuit of increased awareness of women’s health, gender equality, leadership and decision-making skills, and the benefits of engaging in community issues.
  • The program supported a CSO initiative that improved standards of social services for people with disabilities, including children with disabilities in social institutions by introducing amendments to the relevant Government Decree. CGP grants have also empowered several CSO initiatives to improve social services for children with disabilities and their access to inclusive education, and have supported efforts to improve current legislation so as to provide state support for those people transitioning from institutional care to living independently.
  • CGP supported eight regional activities aimed at eliminating domestic violence, promoting women’s rights, facilitating cooperation of women leaders, and empowering young women through education and entrepreneurship.
  • In Osh, CGP helped to introduce an online tool to solicit feedback from citizens about municipal services. This interactive tool promotes transparency of local authorities and improves cooperation with citizens. As a result, the Osh City Council tripled the budget for the municipal company that allocated 35 million KGS ($522,388) and created 70 new jobs to meet the needs of citizens in a timely removal of garbage.
  • The program developed procedures to evaluate the organizational capacity, sustainability and “leadership will” of local non-government organizations. Over 270 organizations went through this evaluation process. The organizations undergo special training before they can apply for grant funding. This innovative approach was embraced by a number of other donor organizations.

Last updated: February 07, 2017

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