Kyrgyz Republic Political Process Program (NDI)

A resident of Kyzyl Kia asked MPs to help resolve shortage of drinking water in the city during one of the public hearings organized by NDI with USAID's support
A resident of Kyzyl Kia asked MPs to help resolve shortage of drinking water in the city during one of the public hearings organized by NDI with USAID's support
NDI / USAID/Kyrgyz Republic

Duration: 2016 – 2021

Implementing Partner: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Total budget (for Consortium): $10 million

ActivityLocations: Nationwide

Key partners: Parliament, Parliamentary Factions, Members of Parliament, Media Outlets

Under this program, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) assists parliament members and factions with improving communication and outreach and developing issue-based platforms. NDI also supports broader participation in political processes through initiatives to help youth and women influence the country’s policy discussions.

The program is implemented by all three members of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS): International Republican Institute (IRI), International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

CONNECTING PARLIAMENT AND CITIZENS

NDI works with all the Parliamentary factions and press service to increase the transparency, accountability and constituent outreach of the legislature. Communications and meetings with citizens and civil society help the Parliament better respond to the needs of citizens. NDI supports production of debates and discussions in media to enhance dialogue between MPs and citizens on critical issues.

UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS MORE FULLY PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS

NDI works to strengthen the Forum of Women MPs, an informal caucus of women MPs, by training its members on strategic planning, outreach, policy development and media relations. NDI supports the Forum in addressing their priorities of increasing political participation of women, promoting gender sensitivity and improving leadership skills of women MPs.

Under the program, NDI also encourages youth to engage in the political process through online platforms, discussion on various media outlets and get-out-to-vote campaigns ahead of elections.

EXPECTED IMPACT AND RESULTS 

  • About 150 local councilors and politically active women participated at regional conferences organized by Women MPs Forum to discuss acute social issues in each region with representatives of executive bodies: Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Agency on Local Self-Government and Ethnic Relations. The Forum also initiated and adopted a number of laws regarding women’s rights such as protection from domestic violence and toughening measures against bride kidnapping.
  • NDI offers assistance to the parliamentarians to conduct outreach events such as public hearings all over the country. During these meetings citizens raise issues that contribute to amending or creating policies in the parliament. In 2018, NDI supported13 public hearings in five oblasts with participation of MPs from six factions.
  • With the help of the program parliamentary factions produce annual reports on their past activities and priorities for the next year. These booklets are distributed by MPs during meetings with voters and other outreach work. In 2018, six factions prepared 12,000 copies of the reports.
  • NDI supported organization of debates between presidential candidates at the Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation (KTRK). This work included building a new studio, training of moderators by international experts and consultations on the format and questions for the debate.
     
  • With support from NDI, KTRK launched a series of special episodes of their popular Oi Ordo talk show with a focus on parties’ stands on various issues.
  • Since citizens learn about the initiatives of parliamentarians through media, NDI worked with the Parliament’s press service on improving coverage of the legislative activities of MPs. As part of this project, NDI provided various training courses for the press service staff and facilitated improvements to the Parliament’s website in order to cover the activities of MPs in more detail and provide an opportunity for direct communication with them. Besides, new programs on the Parliamentary Radio and new television projects were launched.  

Last updated: February 22, 2019

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