Kyrgyzstan Political Process Program: NDI

April1, 2012 – September 30, 2016

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

Total budget (for Consortium): $7,845,732

Nationwide/All regions

Key partners:
Parliament, political parties, and civil society organizations

Activity Goals

The Kyrgyz Republic Political Processes Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).  This program is implemented by all three members of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS):

  • National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • International Republic Institute (IRI)
  • International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

NDI works to further consolidate efforts to build democracy through strengthening the responsiveness and sustainability of political institutions – specifically its political parties, the parliament including women MPs, and civil society organizations.

Activity Major Focus Areas

Connecting Parliament and Citizens. NDI works with all the political factions in the Jogorku Kenesh, the Kyrgyz Parliament, to increase connections between parliament and citizens. NDI is assisting Members of Parliament (MPs) to increase the transparency, accountability and constituent outreach of the parliament by providing training and support to improve communications between MPs, parliamentary factions and parties with citizens and civil society. Work has included public hearings, canvassing training, funding outreach offices and community days of action. Since 2013, NDI assisted 20 MPs to start model constituent service offices in various regions of Kyrgyzstan.

NDI is also working with factions in parliament to strengthen their constituency service activities and communications between the factions in the parliament and their party branch offices in the regions.

Telephone Polling and Focus Groups Discussions. In order to assist the parliament, the government, political parties and civil society to better serve citizens and to increase MPs understanding of public opinion, NDI conducts focus groups and telephone polls on selected issues throughout Kyrgyzstan and disseminates the findings to help inform political debate and decision making, which will be important in the run-up to the elections this fall.

Citizen Participation and Election Monitoring. NDI works with its main domestic election monitoring partner, the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, to increase its capacity and expertise. NDI has supported the Coalition in strategic planning and provided support to improve its internal processes and how it can work more effectively.

Enhancing Women’s Political Participation. NDI works with Parliamentary Women MPs Caucus and elected women deputies in local councils to strengthen women’s political leadership skills. This includes supporting the development of continuous dialogue between women MPs and political activists across the country.

Activity Accomplishments

Connecting Parliament and Citizens. A Development Strategy of the JogorkuKenesh has been drawn up with significant influence from MPs who have worked with NDI. More than 2000 Kyrgyz citizens have directly interacted with more than 40 different MPs from across the factions during 25 public hearings in the regions on issues of concern to their communities.

NDI assisted the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society to produce an analysis of four years of work in Parliament, showing where MPs work has been focused and providing transparency about the activity levels of political factions and individual MPs.Since the program began, NDI has helped organize 37 meetings, with 48 MPs from every parliamentary group in held in every part of the Kyrgyz Republic. To date, over 3,600 people have attended these meetings. Recently, NDI has supplemented these meetings with assisting domestic NGOs in presenting their needs to MPs. 

Enhancing Women’s Political Participation. Women MPs have participated in trainings for dozens of local women activists and aspiring candidates for political office. Women MPs have been supported in organizing their own Forum which meets monthly when Parliament sits, as well as organizing trips to different parts of the country to inform public of their legislative work and follow up on community needs.

Telephone Polling and Focus Group Discussions. All factions and major political parties learned about public perception of the main political institutions and the main issues concerning citizens through telephone polls and focus groups. Some parliamentary factions took actions to improve communication with citizens by establishing offices and conducting faction meetings in the regions.

Last updated: April 12, 2016

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