On January 24, 2020, the USAID Collaborative Governance Program invites media to a conference entitled “Collaborating for the Public Good” devoted to cooperation between civil society organizations and the Government. Participants will learn about how the seven-year program contributed to improving this collaboration and take part in discussions about the role of civil society in general. The conference will start at 9.30 a.m. at 191 Abdrahmanov Street, Hayat Regency Bishkek Hotel.

Parliament Vice-Speaker Aida Kasymalieva, Head of the Department for Cooperation with Civil Society of the President’s Apparatus of the Kyrgyz Republic Kudaibergen Bazarbaev, Minister of Justice Marat Jamankulov, Minister of Labor and Social Development Ulukbek Kochkorov, international experts, donor community, and civil society leaders are expected to attend the event.


The conference program features remarks from key speakers (9:30 a.m. – 10:00a.m.) and inspiring personal stories of the people who directly benefited from the program’s work in areas like free legal aid, support to people with disabilities, domestic violence and more (10:00 to 11:00 a.m.).

 

A number experts and civil society leaders who partnered with the Collaborative Governance Program will be available for interviews on different issues like sexual harassment, access to free legal aid, domestic violence, guarantee funds, open government, etc.


The conference will be concluded with panel discussions about the role of civil society and ways to it can help the government be more effective.
Full conference program is attached.

For more information or registration please contact: Fatima Kasmahunova, USAID Collaborative Governance Program (0553 08 02 55, fkasmahunova@ewmi-kg.org

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School teachers and students held a forum-theater in nine schools of Leilek District to visually show the problems of children left in the care of relatives and acquaintances. Children miss their parents and do not see the appropriate care, attention, and affection as if they would from their parents.
The PA “Activist” and the PF “Daanazat” organized a campaign as part of the project “Assistance in safeguarding the rights and legitimate interests of children left without parental care in Batken and Leilek Districts of Batken Oblast” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.
See a video of Forum-Theater held at nine schools in Leilek District of Batken Oblast:

Please see a story of Meerim and her five daughters, who were able to defend their legal rights to social assistance and child support thanks to a lawyer at FLAC and members of CPDV in Karakol. More details at: Meerim's daughters

On November 19-29, 2019, Public Union “Activist” and Public Foundation “Daanazat” held a ten-day campaign in nine schools of Leilek District in Batken Oblast to inform parents about the need of legal guardianship for those relatives and acquaintances who will take care of their children before parents leave for other regions and / or countries in search of labor.
The participants of the campaign included guardians, migrant families, local government (ayil okmotu) employees, specialists of the Department for Support of Families and Children, social workers, teachers and students who took part in the forum-theaters held at school. During the campaign, more than 300 people took part in the activities and received information on the issues of guardianship and problems of migrant children. 
The PU “Activist” and the PF “Daanazat” organized a campaign as part of the project “Assistance in safeguarding the rights and legitimate interests of children left without parental care in Batken and Leilek Districts of Batken Oblast” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.
For more details, please see the video at:
 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) organized exchange visits between Community Initiative Groups (CIGs) of Leilek District, Batken Oblast and Kochkor District, Naryn Oblast to share experiences. On November 20, the city of Isfana hosted four members of the Kochkor District CIGs, headed by the speaker of the Kochkor Ayil Kenesh (Rural Council). On November 27, five CIG members of the Leilek District, including the head of the Isfana City, visited the village of Kochkor as part of the exchange visit. Among the participants of the exchange visit were the Mayor of Isfana city, the head of the Kochkor Ayil Okmotu, the speaker of the Ayil Kenesh, the head of the Kochkor District Education Board, the Kochkor District Department of Social Protection, and representatives of Batken and Naryn Justice Departments and civil society sector.
 
During the exchange visit in Kochkor, the participants had an opportunity to address questions to the head of the ayil okmotu and city council directly, discuss plans for providing drinking water to the Tendik villagers and issues of informing the population on land distribution issues. The head of Kochkorsky ayil okmotu noted the importance of the CIG activities and asked for the list of CIG members in Tendik village to promote the issue of water in the village of Tendik. During the meeting, the USAID Collaborative Governance Program presented and handed over a series manuals on legal aspects developed by the USAID CGP (CSP) in coordination with the Center for the Coordination of State Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. Over 130 people participated in the experience sharing meetings.
 
Photo 1 Ruslan makes opening remarks in Kochkor exchange visit from Isfana 27 11 2019

Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program implemented by the East-West Management Institute, Ruslan Moldokasymov, makes opening remarks during the exchange visit.

Photo 2 Exchange visit of Leilek CIGs to Kochkor Rayon Naryn Oblast 27 11 2019

An exchange visit of initiative groups of the Leilek districtBatken oblast and Kochkor district, Naryn oblast was held in the village of Kochkor, November 27.

Photo 3 manuals on legal issues CGP handed over 27 11 2019

The USAID CGP Chief of Party, Ruslan Moldokasymov, presented and handed over the practitioners’ guides developed by the CGP together with the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice.

Photo 4 head of Administration of Isfana Mayors Office left head of Kochkor rural municipality ayil okmotu

The head of the Isfana City Administration (left) sharing experience on land issues with the head of Kochkor ayil okmotu (right).

Photo 5 Head of Naryn Justice Department Q and A on FLAC

The head of the Justice Department of Naryn oblast answers the questions of the participants related to the work of the Free Legal Aid Center.

Photo 6 School students sharing experience on fundraising Kochkor

Students sharing fundraising experience for planting trees.