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USAID and UNDP have partnered to assist the people of the Kyrgyz Republic in their efforts against corruption and to improve national budget transparency and oversight.  Success in these efforts will increase state efficacy, improve citizens’ trust in government, and reduce the potential for conflict.

This assistance is channeled through oversight institutions such as the Chamber of Accounts, Parliament, civil society, media and other relevant stakeholders.

Since the project began in March 2012, it has conducted 27 events, including two parliamentary hearings, a study tour to Lithuania, and a regional round table for nine countries. These events were attended by 1,390 participants, of whom 38 percent were women. The events, informed by expert analyses and international comparative experience, covered important topics in the areas of anti-corruption, budget oversight, public audits and transparency. In recognition that the battle against corruption requires coherent, strategic engagement, UNDP leverages the efforts of relevant stakeholders to take practical and effective steps in this sector.

BACKGROUND:

USAID’s Competitiveness Support Project is a two-year direct grant to the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED).  The overall objective of the project is to improve the business enabling environment through increased fairness and improved competitiveness and to create inspiring surroundings for business operations. 

 

ACTIVITIES:

The project activities are based on priorities identified by the private sector and the Government of Serbia (GoS).

The Youth Theater for Peace (YTP) program promotes sustainable conflict prevention and a culture of peace at the community, regional, and national levels through a participatory theater methodology called Drama for Conflict Transformation (DCT). The YTP model equips youth and their adult mentors to lead community-based conflict resolution activities and build trust across ethnic and religious lines. Through DCT theater training, youth and adult participants develop skills to analyze, prevent, and resolve conflict; facilitate and lead conflict resolution activities; and engage audiences in their home communities.

Ak-Zhol: The Path to Peace through Prosperity promotes improved relationships among displaced groups and local communities in the Aksy, Nooken, and Suzak regions of Jalalabad oblast. Ak-Zhol is a conflict mitigation project that works to decrease tensions between these displaced groups and vulnerable local communities in seven areas in the southern Kyrgyz Republic.  Small grants and micro-credit loans to small business groups, provided by the project, reinforce stable economic conditions within local communities and function as a venue for cooperation, communication, and mutual benefit. 

USAID supports conflict-sensitive journalism that expands access to reliable information and improves understanding of conflict trends. This project is implemented through a cooperative agreement by Search for Common Ground, in partnership with the Youth of Osh, an Osh-based civil society organization. “Kabar Ordo: Our Time for Dialogue” is a two-year media and conflict transformation project funded by USAID. The project responds to a deficit of balanced information about conflict issues in the southern Kyrgyz Republic and the prevalence of rumors that exacerbate conflict.

USAID supports the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (i.e. the Solidarity Center) which through its seven year presence in Kyrgyzstan has accumulated unique knowledge and experience in promoting democratic change through the fundamental rights of the workforce by modernizing trade unions.

The USAID Local Development Program (LDP) was a three and a half-year project designed to support local economic development in the Kyrgyz Republic implemented. LDP was designed to create sustainable economic development in the private and public sectors through local, regional and national initiatives.

BACKGROUND:

USAID’s Sustainable Local Development Project (SLDP) is a six-year initiative supporting local governments, businesses and civil society to increase economic growth through Inter-Municipal Cooperation (IMC).  The project’s core activities are focused on supporting inter-municipal partners to add jobs and reduce unemployment in 32 municipalities clustered in eight regions.

Working through the Development Credit Authority (DCA) USAID is providing portfolio guarantees to two Kyrgyz banks to increase access to loan capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), farmers and agricultural businesses in the Kyrgyz Republic. USAID is supporting two Kyrgyz banks to address this constraint by partially guaranteeing loans made to farmers and agricultural businesses such as processing, packaging, storage and logistics. USAID is supporting development of these businesses through the Agro Horizons project that will select agricultural value chains with the greatest opportunities for employment and competition.  Guarantees for loans to farmers and agribusinesses will be available nationwide with a heavy focus on Batken, Jalalabad, Naryn and Osh oblasts.

USAID supports communities and government bodies in the Kyrgyz Republic in identifying vectors of conflict, dispute resolution mechanisms, and peace building activities to contribute to a safer community for all. The Conflict Mitigation through Targeted Analysis and Community Action in the Kyrgyz Republic (COMTACA) Program, implemented by ACTED,was a two year USAID-funded project. The goal of the program was to minimize the risk of instability through informed public policy and early warning analysis for citizen protection. 

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Last updated: June 30, 2022

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