Kyrgyzstan Political Processes Program: IFES

Father teaches his son why he should vote. This PSA was produced by alumni of Democracy Camps supported by IFES.
Father teaches his son why he should vote. This PSA was produced by alumni of Democracy Camps supported by IFES.

April 1, 2012 – September 30, 2016

Implementing Partner:
International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

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

Key Partners:
Central Commission on Elections and Referenda; Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic

Activity Locations:

Activity Overview

The Kyrgyzstan Political Processes Program is a four-year program that supports critical democratic institutions in Kyrgyzstan including election administration bodies, political parties, voter registry authorities, and members of Parliament, 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): International Republic Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

IFES activities under this program are designed to build and sustain the capacity of election administrative bodies and increase the civic knowledge and engagement of young people in Kyrgyzstan.

Activity Areas

Program activities include:

  • Providing strategic planning to the Central Election Commission (CEC) and conducting training-of-trainers for electoral management bodies ahead of the 2015 Parliamentary Elections
  • Working with the State Registry Service (SRS) to develop an operational plan and train representatives in verification of voter identity on Election Day
  • Putting civic awareness and engagement principles as well as voter education into practice through Democracy Camps, youth forums, and other interactive tools and events

Activity Results

In order to build institutional capacity, IFES has supported the CEC to improve organizational management and conduct strategic planning for the 2015-2017 election cycle. To that end IFES has prepared an e-learning module for election management bodies scheduled to be piloted for the parliamentary elections in fall 2015. IFES election law recommendations recently contributed to numerous improvements to the election code, including delineating division of responsibility between the CEC and the SRS regarding management of the voter registry; creating a special court to deal exclusively with election disputes; clarifying regulations regarding election day operations; and defining procedures to address the introduction and functioning of new election equipment. IFES maintains a Think Tank Experts’ Group providing input on electoral procedural best practices and a Laboratory of Electoral Risks to assess and advise on pressure points in the election process that could affect electoral security and integrity.

IFES also supports youth civic education and engagement initiatives. During the 2014-2015 school year IFES piloted a Civic Education Teachers’ Sourcebook in over twenty secondary schools, consisting of a collection of practical activities, texts and methodological recommendations for organizing lessons in the integrated civic education course. IFES will continue to work with the Ministry of Education and individual schools to expand use of this activity-based supplement as part of the existing civics curriculum. Additionally, IFES has held Democracy Camps each summer over the last 15 years to provide students with leadership and motivation to become active citizens and decision-makers in their communities. IFES continues to support camp alumni in community initiatives through its Democracy Camp Alumni Network, which is part of the overall Men Ozun Chechem (“I Decide Myself”) youth outreach campaign.

Last updated: April 12, 2016

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