n July 11-12, 2018, a two-day training took place in Chok-Tal village of Issyk-Kul Oblast to discuss this topic with representatives of local municipalities and CSOs. During the training, the participants from Batken managed to prepare their plans for the forthcoming events together with the representatives of the selected non-profit organization. The activities are aimed at changing the indifferent attitude of the townspeople towards maintaining cleanliness in the city. In the video: First Deputy Mayor of Batken city Mamasadyk Sultanov and Head of the Batken Social Affairs Sector Ibadat Aikynova working in small groups. More details on the competition announced by the Batken Mayor’s Office are at: http://dpi.kg/ru/press-room/news/full/1346.html and video: 

On June 25, 2018, the Ministry of Justice acknowledged its cooperation with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by East-West Management Institute, and awarded CGP, in the person of Nurzhan Rakymova, CGP Rule of Law Program Assistant, with a Certificate of Honor. 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program provides support to the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic from October 2016 – September 2018 to increase the demand for the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic and improve access to justice and legal information for the most vulnerable populations. For more info visit: https://www.vb.kg/doc/371619_minust_otkryvaet_centry_besplatnoy_uridicheskoy_pomoshi_na_issyk_kyle.html 
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Director of the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid under the Minister of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic Akjol Kalbekov awarding a Certificate of Honor to CGP Rule of Law Program Assistant Nurzhan Rakymova.

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This is the second Honorary Award of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. The first was awarded in June 2017 to CGP in the name of Meder Dastanbekov, CGP Rule of Law Program Officer, to acknowledge the USAID Collaborative Governance Program’s cooperation with the Ministry and its technical support to the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid in improving access to justice and legal information for the most vulnerable populations in Kyrgyzstan.

 

On June 12, the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid (CCSGLA) under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic held its first coordination meeting with over 30 non-government organizations (NGOs) and legal clinics of universities to improve the legal opportunities for communities and establish efficient mechanisms of cooperation between government agencies, local governments and civil society institutions. The CCSGLA provided information on key regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population and signed an agreement of cooperation with NGOs and legal clinics. The coordinated efforts of all stakeholders will promote a more efficient enforcement of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On State-guaranteed Legal Aid”, as well as improving access to justice for the population. The first coordination meeting was organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by East-West Management Institute, and the Finland Foreign Ministry and UNDP’s project “Towards Sustainable Access to Justice for Improving Legal Opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of Free Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice Akjol Kalbekov congratulates the Head of the Public Union “Center for Development of Law and Legislation” Maripa Seidalieva after signing the Agreement of Cooperation.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of Free Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice Akjol Kalbekov (third from left) presents new regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population.

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Bubusara Ryskulova, Executive Director of the Crisis Center “Sezim”, provides her comments on improving access to free legal aid for victims of domestic violence.

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Legal Expert Ayana Koduranova presents the agreement of cooperation.

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Executive Director of the Association of Women Judges, Zulfia Turumbekova, shares the Association’s experience on advancing the Law on State Guaranteed Free Legal Aid.

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Chair of the Public Human Rights Foundation “Protection Line”, Natalia Kotik (in the center), signs the agreement of cooperation.

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Olga Janaeva, Head of the Public Union of Women “Alga” and representative from Women Support Center sign the agreement of cooperation.

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A memory photos of over 40 participants of the first coordination meeting including representatives of the Ministry of Justice, USAID Collaborative Governance Program, UNDP, CSOs, and legal clinics after signing the agreement of cooperation.

 

Bishkek. On June 29, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at the Information Agency “Kabar”, a press session to be held for the media, where leaders of Batken, Karakol and Kochkor-Ata municipalities will announce the competition for civil society organizations to implement public benefit projects in accordance with the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On State Social Procurement (SSP)”. 
 
The Mayor Offices of Batken, Karakol and Kochkor-Ata will become pioneers on introducing new forms of cooperation with civil society by engaging them in addressing priority social issues. The municipality of Batken seeks to partner with non-commercial organizations to offer creative solutions to solve waste utility issues and in Kochkor-Ata, the city will seek to address problems faced by teenagers from families who are in a difficult situation in Kochkor-Ata. In addition, the Karakol Mayor’s Office has defined the priority issues that focus on women without support, children with disabilities, and homeless citizens. Funds has been already allocated in the local budgets to address one of the mentioned issues through the SSP mechanism in partnership with a non-commercial organization.
 
“We seek to change the urban community’s attitude towards the waste disposal problem. This is a challenge requiring a creative approach. This is why we decided to request assistance from non-government organizations. Hopefully, such a partnership will be the first step in building a long-term collaboration between the mayor’s office, city council and the community represented by civil society organizations to promote the development of Batken and address its numerous issues” - said Mamyrjan Rahimov, the Mayor of Batken. 
 
The head of the Kochkor-Ata mayor’s office staff, Chynygul Turdumatova, noted: “We came to the conclusion that it would be difficult to have teenagers’ behavior changed using conventional methods through family and school alone. They have different authorities, particularly those in mass culture or in the streets. This is why we decided to turn to civil society organizations so that they can offer non-conventional, innovative approaches to influencing teenagers in difficult situations and help them choose a path to success and prosperity. Delegating the projects to non-commercial organizations is a new experience for us. We feel anxious about whether the collaboration will prove a success, however, we hope for good results”.
 
In 2017, the new version the Law on State Social Procurement (SSP) was adopted and three municipalities pioneered to implement SSP at the municipal level. The Mayor’s Offices of Batken, Karakol and Kochkor-Ata have become partners of the project “Strengthening Capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to Implement State Social Procurement” implemented by the Development Policy Institute (DPI) with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP). DPI has been providing consultative support to local governments throughout all stages of the project implementation including prioritization of issues, selection of non-profit organization and monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation.
 
The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI). 
 
On June 22, 2018, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by the East-West Management Institute, will inaugurate two Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in Issyk-Kul Oblast. The opening of Free Legal Aid Centers in Cholpon-Ata will take place at 10 a.m. at Cholpon-Ata Rayon Administration located at 1 Sovetskaya Str. and at 2 p.m. in Balykchi at Balykchi Territorial Unit of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development at 3 Orozbaeva Str. 
Participants in the inauguration ceremonies will include the Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, Akzhol Kalbekov, the Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, Garry Ledbetter, the Regional Director of Legal Programs of the East-West Management Institute, Nicolas Mansfield, the Head of the Issyk-Kul Rayon Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic, Daniyar Imanaliev, the Mayor of Balykchi city, Almaz Mambetov, Issyk-Kul oblast court representatives, local self-government bodies, civil society organizations and media.
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. In such centers, visitors consult with a lawyer, public notary officer, or defense attorney, who are all included in the system of state guaranteed legal aid. Currently, 22 Free Legal Aid Centers operate in Chui, Osh, Talas, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Naryn and Issyk-Kul Oblasts and in Bishkek. 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program is assisting the Ministry of Justice in its initiative to improve access to legal aid and previously supported the opening of six Free Legal Aid Centers in Isfana and Kadamjay in Batken Oblast, Jalal-Abad city and Bazar-Korgon village in Jalal-Abad Oblast, and Naryn city and Kochkor village in Naryn Oblast. The USAID Collaborative Governance Program also provides assistance to strengthen the existing Free Legal Aid Centers to improve the quality of the services provided by these centers. 
More 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 services at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ru/ and/or www.minjust.gov.kg. 
 
The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).