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). 
 Training of CSOs in Karakol 28 29 08 2018

During the practical part of the training, the participants learning to fill out an application form and draft a project proposal.

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.

FLAC opening in Kerben 27 07 2018

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.

DCOP Ruslan Moldokasymov makes opening remarks 27 07 2018

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.


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 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. 
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 
 Photo MoJ Award to Nurzhan Rakymova 25 06 2018 IMG 20180625 WA0013

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.

Honor award for Nurzhan Rakymov inside 25 06 2018 IMG 6563

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.