The community members join into initiative groups to address their community issues and needs. Participatory approach of initiative groups is an important conception that helps to involve community members in decision making process and helps to develop a sense of ownership. CGP started a pilot program supporting strategic and creative advocacy initiatives of community initiative groups (CIG) in response to important economic and social issues. CIGs’ initiatives include efforts to raise community awareness on the needs and rights of its members, especially of the needs of vulnerable groups; build the capacity of community members seeking opportunities to improve social and economic conditions, and build cooperation with stakeholders. The CGP works with six identified pilot initiative groups located in Isfana city of Batken Oblast and Kochkor district of Naryn Oblast to strengthen their capacity and provide training and consultative support. To improve communication between CIG members WhatsApp group chats were created for all pilot CIGs. Currently, CIG members and CGP staff use mentioned chat to share information, documents and consult on CIGs’ prepared official letters to local authorities. 
 
In March, the CGP conducted a workshop on organizational development and two-day “Community Level Advocacy” workshops for 55 CIG members in Kochkor and Isfana cities. As a result, CIGs developed their individual advocacy plans. The CGP provides consultations and guidance to support CIGs in implementation of their advocacy plans.
 
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On February 21, 2019, CIG members in Kochkor working on identification of community needs in Kochkor village, Naryn oblast.

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CIG members identified the community needs in Isfana of Batken Oblast during the advocacy workshop on March 1, 2019.

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CIG members working in a group during the workshop on advocacy in Kochkor village of Naryn Oblast on March 16, 2019.

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CIG members working in a group to identify the community needs and set priorities for their work plans.

CGP COP attends advocacy training in Isfana 12 03 2019

On March 12, 2019, CGP Chief of Party Ruslan Moldokasymov attended a workshop on advocacy in Isfana city, Batken Oblast to meet with members of CIGs and tell about USAID CGP.

CGP COP meeting with CIG in Kochkor

CGP Chief of Party Ruslan Moldokasymov opened the meeting of CIGs in Isfana and highlighted the importance of the work they are doing to improve community life.

On April 15,16, and 18, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid (SGLA) under the Ministry of Justice and the CSO Network Secretariat held a meeting with representatives of local self-government bodies, noncommercial organizations, and representatives of legal clinics of Jalal-Abad, Osh, and Batken provinces to discuss the implementation of the Government Decree dated June 12, 2018 # 594 on Interaction of Entities of the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid System. During the event, the participants had an opportunity to join the CSO Network by signing the cooperation agreement. The document stipulates procedures and mechanism of providing free legal aid by various actors and is aimed at establishing effective referral system.
 
Over 120 people actively participated in the meetings and raised important issues related to interaction and due delivery of legal aid. The participants highlighted the importance of organizing regular meetings and stressed the importance of visiting remote provinces in order to raise awareness about SGLA. The parties mentioned that issues pertaining to migration, registration, border crossing issues, export of goods, and divorce procedures are the most pressing topics at local level. Members of noncommercial organizations provided comments and raised such an important issue as quality of provided legal aid. In particular, Director of the Public Foundation Luch Solomona Mr. Mahmudov shared findings of the attorneys’ monitoring and evaluation report. He also emphasized the significance of improving the quality legal aid where non-profit organizations are willing to assist in monitoring and evaluation aspects. The Chief Specialist of the Jalal-Abad Oblast Justice Department, Mr. Amanov, noted in his speech: “It is important to hold such meetings on a regular basis, or at least quarterly, as well as deliver trainings both to government bodies and noncommercial organizations to focus on issues raised by local communities.”
 
The meeting was organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, the UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland’s Project “Towards a Sustainable Access to Justice for Legal Empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic”.
 
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Deputy Director of the SGLA Coordination Center Jyldyz Ryskulova congratulates the leader of Public Union My i Zakon on the occasion of signing the Cooperation Agreement between SGLA Coordination Center under the Ministry of Justice, noncommercial organizations, legal clinics of Kyrgyz universities, and other organizations and individuals.

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Hairakul Janykulov, Head of the Tash-Korgon Village Council in the Aravan Rayon, Osh Oblast, signing the Agreement on Cooperation.

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Over 50 representatives of government, local self-governments, noncommercial organizations and legal clinics of Osh Oblast participated in the meeting in Osh.

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Representatives of government bodies, local self-governments, noncommercial organizations, and legal clinics of Osh Oblast actively shared their ideas on raising public awareness and improving the quality of legal aid provided to local communities as part of the implementation of the Law on SGLA.

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Deputy Director of the SGLA Coordination Center Jyldyz Ryskulova hands over a certificate and a tablet to Ainura Ibraimjanova, attorney, who works at FLAC of Alai Rayon, Osh Oblast, a winner of the contest for the best blog on implementation of SGLA in regions. The SGLA Coordination Center and the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic announced a contest among attorneys and the media for the best publication on SGLA implementation in regions and organized it with the support of the UNDP and Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Project “Towards a Sustainable Access to Justice for Legal Empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic.”

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Deputy Director of the SGLA Coordination Center Jyldyz Ryskulova (to the left), leader of the Public Union Life Plus Altynai Galieva, and acting head of the Secretariat of the Coordination Board Aijan Jumanalieva (to the right) signing the Cooperation Agreement.

On March 22-23, 2019, members of the Public Councils of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development took part in a seminar to study the regulatory documents of their ministries in order to develop their work plans further.
 
This is one of a series of seminars conducted by the Center for Public Policy as part of the project "Strengthening the Capacity and Sustainability of Public Councils of Targeted State Bodies", implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.
 
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The Center for Public Policy conducted a regular seminar for members of the Public Council under the Ministry of Justice to study regulatory documents of the Justice Ministry to develop their work plan further.

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Members of the Public Council under the Ministry of Labor and Social Development took an active part in the regular seminar on the study of regulatory documents in order to explore the areas for monitoring and evaluation of the Ministry’s activities by PC.

Dear Friends,
Please see an interview of Artur Bakirov, President of ALCs of Kyrgyzstan and law faculty student of Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University Elina Salijanova with radio Sputnik’s program “Osobyi akzent” about university legal clinics and their role in providing free legal aid to citizens as part of the State-Guaranteed Free Legal Aid. 
 
The Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan holds a series of trainings for law-students working at legal clinics of relevant universities in Bishkek, Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken as part of the project titled “Strengthening the Interaction between Legal Clinics, the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid, the Bar of the Kyrgyz Republic and relevant universities to improve access to free legal aid for vulnerable populations" implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.
 
https://www.facebook.com/Sputnikkyrgyzstan/videos/312127339428872/
On March 27 - 30, 2019, representatives of 40 NGOs from all regions of the country participated in the training program on civil engagement in monitoring and evaluation of state bodies. During the four days, the participants studied effective open data policy tools that are necessary for monitoring the implementation of the National Action Plan 2018-2020 (Achyk Okmot NAP) in building the Kyrgyz Republic’s Open Government.
 
“Building the Open Government requires not only efforts of the government but also active participation of civil society. We have developed the training program in a way that allows  civil society sector representatives learn to understand the principles of the Open Government work and obtain skills necessary for collecting, analyzing and visualizing the open data”, - noted Dinara Musabekova, the Civil Society Initiative Program Manager.
 
On March 30, the final training day, a Datathon was held, where teams of trainees competed in applying their new knowledge in practice. The trainees, supervised by mentors, developed their own solutions to visualize the data and design media products.
 
In November 2017, the Kyrgyz Republic was formally accepted as the 75th country participating in the international Open Government Partnership (OGP), which is aimed at strengthening the commitment of governments to the principles of transparency and accountability as well as promoting the use of new technologies to combat corruption and ensure government responsiveness to the wishes of their citizens. 
 
As a part of the adopted National Action Plan “Achyk Okmot”, the Kyrgyz Republic has committed to implementing 18 initiatives in three key areas: affordable public services, transparent public procurement, and open data.
 
The training was delivered by the Civil Society Initiative Program of the University of Central Asia’s Graduate School of Development with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.
 
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).
 Dinara Musabekova opens a four day training with presentation 27 03 2019

Director of the Civil Society Initiative Program of the Graduate School of Development of the University of Central Asia and facilitator Dinara Musabekova presented introductory information about the Open Government Partnership, the Open Government Coalition, the National Open Government Partnership Forum (NOGPF), as the highest body for making final decisions and also about the NOGPF Secretariat, as well as the National Action Plan (Achyk Okmot NAP) adopted for 2018-2020.