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.

 

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.

 

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: 

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).