On September 10-14, 2018, over 60 lawyers, attorneys, and public notaries, who provide legal consultation at 26 Free Legal Aid Centers located in all regions of the country, received a two-day training to improve the skills for professional communication with recipients of state-guaranteed free legal aid. During the training, the participants learned the rules of professional communication with recipients of legal services, including vulnerable population.

The USAID Collaborative Governance Program is supporting the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts to improve access to legal aid by establishing more of free legal aid centers and to improve the quality of services provided by the centers.

In accordance with the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Law on State Guaranteed Legal Aid, Free Legal Aid Centers provide equal access to legal aid for citizens and increase the level of legal protection for vulnerable populations.

Detailed information on the work of the Free Legal Aid Centers and their contact information can be obtained in the territorial units of the Ministry of Justice, and on its online map of legal service providers at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ru/ and/or www.minjust.gov.kg.

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The Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice, Akjol Kalbekov, (in the center) makes opening remarks to open the two-days training.

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Rule of Law Program Manager of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program Elzar Elemanov making opening remarks during the training for lawyers, attorneys and public notaries, who provide legal consultation at Free Legal Aid Centers in different regions of the country.

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Over 60 lawyers, attorneys, and public notaries, who provide legal consultation at Free Legal Aid Centers located in all regions of the country, learning with interest the rules of professional communication with recipients of legal services.

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Expert on gender issues Gulbarchin Jumabaeva sharing important aspects of gender relations, and gender stereotypes.

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Independent Expert Ikbol Mirsaitov familiarized the participants with religious system in the Kyrgyz Republic and state policy in the religious system.

Photo 8 Жылдыз Дуйшенова фасилитатор

Facilitator Jyldyz Duishonova conducted a session on rules and components of successful communication and key mistakes in communication.

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Participants listen with attention to the training session on peculiarities of counseling people with disabilities.

On September 18, 2018, over 60 representatives of the ministries, local self-governments and civil society participated in the conference titled as “Experience and Prospects of Developing the Social Procurement” to discuss successes of implementing the new mechanism of state social procurement at the municipal level, as well as further prospects.
 
During the event, representatives of Batken and Kochkor-Ata shared their unique experience of using state social procurement to address priority issues of their communities with participation of civil society organizations. Participants also discussed ways to replicate this experience in other municipalities and scale it up to the level. 
 
The new Law on State Social Procurement and related legal acts were adopted in 2017. It enabled government institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic to procure services from civil society organizations to address various issues in the community. Development Policy Institute and USAID Collaborative Governance Program has been working with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to implement the new law as part of the project “Strengthening capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to implement state social procurement”. 
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Representatives from USAID (from left), Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Development Policy Institute and USAID Collaborative Governance Program participated in the conference titled as “Experience and perspectives of social procurement development” held in Bishkek.

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USAID Project Management Specialist Mahabbat Alymkulova (from left), USAID Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director Gary Linden, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development Jyldyz Polotova makes opening remarks, and Director of Institution Development Policy Institute Nadezhda Dobretsova at the conference titled as “Experience and perspectives of social procurement development”.

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USAID Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director Gary Linden makes opening remarks (from left), and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Jyldyz Polotova during the conference titled as “Experience and perspectives of social procurement development”.

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Specialist on Social Issues of the Batken Mayor’s Office Ibadat Aikynova shared the experience of implementing state social procurement at their municipal level.

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Representatives of civil society and local self-governments were active during the conference and discussed the implementation of state social procurement and its further prospects. 

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CSO representative Batma Estebesova provides comments on further implementation of state social procurement in the Kyrgyz Republic.

 

The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (USAID/CGP), in partnership with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice (MOJ) opened two Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in Kerben and Karakul cities in Jalal-Abad oblast at the end of July. At each ceremony, the director of the MOJ’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, Akzhol Kalbekov, stressed the importance of the centers, noting that they increase access to justice, improve public awareness of legal rights, and promote the rule of law in the country. Together with two additional FLAC openings in Issyk-Kul oblast in June, these new facilities bring the total number of FLACs in the country to 24. USAID/CGP opened 10 of these centers, with the MOJ funding the other 14. USAID will continue to provide training to all 24 FLACs through 2019, at which time the MOJ will assume full management responsibility. By helping citizens understand how to use the court system to defend their rights, USAID and the MOJ are working together to strengthen democratic values and institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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The Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice (from left to right), Chairman of the Karakul City Council and USAID Project Management Specialist cutting a ribbon dedicated to the inauguration of FLAC in Karakul town.

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Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program Ruslan Moldokasymov making opening remarks during the inauguration ceremony of Free Legal Aid Center in Kerben town, Jalalabad province.

 

On August 28-29, 2018, representatives of noncommercial organizations in Karakol and members of the Karakol City Council participated in a two-day training, where they obtained knowledge and skills to prepare an application for participation in the competition for a state social procurement. The participants were familiarized with state social procurement, its objectives, areas of its application, social services, implementing mechanisms at local level, the role of a grant committee, application, documentation, and reporting requirements.  
 
The training was organized as a part of the project “Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to implement state social procurement” implemented by the Development Policy Institute with the support of the Collaborative Governance Program (CGP), implemented by East-West Management Institute. CGP is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United State Agency of International Development (USAID), with additional funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID). 
 
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During the practical part of the training, the participants learning to fill out an application form and draft a project proposal.

On July 27, 2018, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic will inaugurate two new Free Legal Aid Centers in Kerben and Karakul of Jalal-Abad oblast. Visitors of the centers will be able to get free consultation of a lawyer, public notary officer, or defense attorney. The opening ceremonies in Kerben will take place at 10 a.m. at Kerben Mayor’s Office (7 Niyazaly st.) and at 14.00 in Karakul at Karakul Mayor’s Office (1 Lenin st). 
The centers are established with support from the Collaborative Governance Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).
In accordance with the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Law on State Guaranteed Legal Aid, Free Legal Aid Centers provide equal access to legal aid for citizens and increase the level of legal protection for vulnerable populations. Currently, 24 centers operate in Chui, Osh, Talas, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Naryn and Issyk-Kul Oblasts and in Bishkek. 
USAID through its Collaborative Governance Program is supporting Kyrgyz Republic’s efforts to improve access to legal aid by establishing more of free legal aid centers. Previously, the program helped to open eight centers in Batken, Issyk-Kul, Jalal-Abad and Naryn oblasts. USAID also works with the Ministry of Justice to improve the quality of services provided by the centers. 
Detailed information on the work of the Free Legal Aid Centers and their contact information can be obtained in the territorial units of the Ministry of Justice, and on its online map of legal service providers at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ru/ and/or www.minjust.gov.kg. 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.