USAID's Ukuk bulagy project

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The Ukuk Bulagy project seeks to make justice systems and institutions more responsive to the needs of people of the Kyrgyz Republic by helping citizens access the justice system, increasing the transparency and accountability of justice institutions, promoting gender-responsive justice, and reducing corruption.
The Ukuk Bulagy project seeks to make justice systems and institutions more responsive to the needs of people of the Kyrgyz Republic by helping citizens access the justice system, increasing the transparency and accountability of justice institutions, promoting gender-responsive justice, and reducing corruption.

The Ukuk Bulagy project seeks to make justice systems and institutions more responsive to the needs of people of the Kyrgyz Republic by helping citizens access the justice system, increasing the transparency and accountability of justice institutions, promoting gender-responsive justice, and reducing corruption.

DURATION: Jul. 2021 – Jul. 2026

BUDGET:  $9.4 million

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: East-West Management Institute (EWMI)

KEY PARTNERS: The Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Council on Justice Matters, the Council of Judges, the Ministry of Justice, the Anti-Corruption Business Council, civil society organizations, lawyers, legal clinics, and academic institutions.

ACTIVITY LOCATION: Nationwide

MAJOR FOCUS AREAS

Ukuk Bulagy will use a people-centered justice approach. This approach uses data to better understand people’s justice needs and supports inclusive services that directly respond to those needs. It seeks to empower people by increasing their understanding of justice systems and how they can address systemic issues that contribute to recurring legal problems. The project’s work is organized under the the following four objectives:

  • Strengthen judicial independence and self-governing bodies of the judicial system.
  • Optimize quality and efficiency of justice and legal services.
  • Enhance collaboration between the judiciary and the public. 
  • Strengthen open and accountable provision of public services.

Ukuk Bulagy supports the Kyrgyz Government in the implementation of the National Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic 2018-2040, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, the National Targeted Plans for Development of the Judiciary, the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the Information Technology Strategic Plan for the Kyrgyz Judiciary for 2019-2022, and the National Gender Strategy.

EXPECTED IMPACT AND RESULTS

Increasing Access to People-Centered Justice

Ukuk Bulagy will shift the focus of legal and justice reform to implement activities that respond most directly to the justice needs of individual people. For example, a justice needs survey will be conducted in Nookat, Ton, and Bishkek City to find out the most common legal problems people face. The project will then support courts, lawyers, and civil society organizations in these areas to help solve people’s justice needs through easier access to courts and legal services. At the national level, the project will partner with the Ministry of Justice to evaluate the quality of the Free Legal Aid Centers and support activities that will improve their services for the public. Other activities include support to the Ministry of Justice and civil society organizations to raise public legal awareness.

Strengthening Institutions for Transparency and Accountability

Ukuk Bulagy will support national and local government institutions to increase the public’s access to services and information. For example, the project will support Audio Video Transcription (AVT) technology in courts nationwide so that lawyers and litigants can easily obtain a record of court proceedings. Use of AVT ensures that judicial decisions are transparent and adhere to rules of procedure. Ukuk Bulagy will also develop and implement case management systems that reduce backlogs and provide more efficient and equitable treatment of legal cases. The project will evaluate other existing government open data portals for effectiveness and support initiatives that increase public use and awareness of these portals. At the local level, the project will partner with Youth of Osh to establish online portals for citizens to communicate complaints and get information from the local municipal offices in Karakol, Naryn, and Jalal-Abad.

Promoting Inclusive and Responsive Justice

Ukuk Bulagy will increase women’s leadership in the justice sector which in turn will increase access to justice for vulnerable groups including survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). For example, the project will partner with the judiciary and the Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges to research the barriers for women equal entering the judiciary and support initiatives to increase the number of women judges. The project will also assess the role that aksakal courts (courts of elderly) play in resolving women’s legal issues and support these courts to make decisions using equitable, rights-based approaches as well as enhancing women participation. Civil society organizations will receive grants to work with communities to improve their legal literacy and culture including survivors of GBV that will increase prosecution of GBV cases. The project will conduct on-going events with law schools and academic institutions on gender equality and women empowerment to raise awareness and encourage young women to pursue careers in the justice sector. The quality of justice is improved when women are not only consumers of justice, but also providers of justice.

Last updated: May 27, 2022

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