On March 16-17, 2019, over 20 participants, representing the Public Councils (PC SBs) of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Ministry of Education, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports, civil activists, and experts participated in a workshop on Analyzing the Current Situation and Identifying Issues of Public Importance. During the workshop, the participants were familiarized with tools for analyzing the situation, identifying problems that are important for citizens, and developed the draft work plans of the PC SBs. The workshop was productive and interactive, where all the participants had opportunity to share experiences, express their ideas, and return home with plans for further activities.

The Center for Public Policy organized the workshop as part of the project “Strengthening the Capacity and Sustainability of the Public Councils of Pilot State Bodies,” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program.

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Participants discuss new tools for analyzing the situation, identifying problems and opportunities that are important to citizens.

Photo 2 Ahmad Nizamovich Madeuev facilitating the workshop IMG 4828

Expert of the Center for Public Policy Ahmad N. Madeuyev facilitates the work of the seminar.

Photo 3 Aida Kurbanova presents PC view and role IMG 4826

Aida Kurbanova presents the vision and work plan of the Public Council of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture, and Sports.

Photo 4 Azamat Dikambaev

Expert Azamat Dikambaev presents the tools for determining priority issues for PCSBs.

Photo 5 Almaz Tajibaeva PC Chair under MoE presents results IMG 4907

The chair of the Public Council of the Ministry of Education, Almaz Tazhybai, presents the priorities of the Public Council.

Photo 6 Tatiana Temirova trainer working in a group with PCs members IMG 4862

Trainer Tatyana Temirova facilitates the work in a group, where the participants discuss citizens' expectations from PC SBs.

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The result of the group work on interaction of the Public Council of the Ministry of Education with the Ministry and citizens.

Photo 7 Group work with Aida Kurbanova IMG 4870

Participants work in a group using new tools to analyze the situation, identify problems and opportunities that are important for citizens.

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The Public Council of the Ministry of Justice presents its work plan.

On March 14-15, 2019, the Public Union “Abiyir El” together with its partner Public Union “Rural Life” held a seminar “Building the work of Committees for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDVs)” for the new members of the five CPDVs of Zhety-Oguz district and four CPDVs of Oktyabrsky and Teploklyuchensky local self-government bodies in Ak-Suu district. Overall, 52 people took part in two seminars, where they learned about building the work of CPDVs, about activities, formation, principles and functions of the CPDVs. The participants developed the annual action plans aimed to prevent family violence in the target communities.
 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program supports the implementation of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence” as a part of the project “Promoting Local Committees for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence” aimed to develop CPDVs in nine local communities of Issyk-Kul oblast. CPDVs is a mechanism for coordination in the area of safeguarding and protection against domestic violence at the local level.
 
Photo 1 Seminar March 14 15 Karakol

New members of CPDVs working in a group to present their community priorities and a work plan.

Photo 2 Working in a Group March 14 15

Participants working on a calendar of events and activities to include into the work plan.

Photo 3 Rural Life sharing her view re CPDVs priorities in communities

A member of the Public Union “Rural Life” shares her experience of working with CPDVs to reduce and prevent domestic violence in communities.

Photo 4 Group Work presentation

Participants present their work plans elaborated in a group effort.

 Photo 5 Presenting the results of group work

The presenter’s work plan includes a list of issues, activities/events to address those issues, dates and responsible people.

Photo 6 CPDVs learning new mechanisms

Participants listen attentively and make notes to use them while working in their communities.

 

The Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan announcing a competition among the 3rd- 4th year law faculty students for participation in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice School with the subsequent possibility of internship at the Free Legal Aid Centers under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic.
 
The Rule of Law and Access to Justice School has been organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program as part of the project “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."  More info on CGP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/collaborative.governance.program/posts/2271788519551158 
 Announcement for law students to competition photo March 2019
 
The Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan held a series of meetings with law-students working at legal clinics of relevant universities in Bishkek, Osh, and Jalal-Abad. During the meetings, the students were familiarized with 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. As part of this project, a competition will be held to select the attendees of the Rule of Law and Access to Justice School with the subsequent possibility of internship at the Free Legal Aid Centers under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. 
 
 
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Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan meets with law-students of Kyrgyz State Law Academy to discuss further opportunities of internship at FLACs under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic.

 Photo 2 KRSU students meet with ALCs

Law students of Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University with Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan Artur Bekturov after the meeting to discuss further opportunities for students involved in the work of legal clinics under university.

Photo 3 AПБиО Джалал Абад встреча с юр клиникой и студентами

Project coordinator of the Association of Legal Clinics Nargiza Zhenishova together with law students of International Academy of Business Law and Education in Jalal-Abad.

Photo 4 ALCs Artur Bakirov meets with Jalalabad rector and legal clinic students IMG 8633

Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan Artur Bekturov meeting with leadershop of recently opened legal clinic at Jalal-Abad State University and International University named after Toktomamatov.

On March 4, 2019, over 30 representatives of the Ministry of Justice’s FLA Coordination Center, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, State Migration Service, National Mediation Center, legal clinics of universities, and experts participated in the roundtable discussions on the development of legal clinics and strengthening the mechanisms of interaction between the state-guaranteed legal aid entities.
The participants also discussed internship mechanisms to involve law school students in activities of the Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs), which provide legal consultations as part of the implementation of the Law on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid.  
At the event, the FLA Coordination Center, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan signed a Cooperation Agreement to define the place for law students within the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid System.
 
Photo 1 Agreement signed

Director of the FLA Coordination Center Akjol Kalbekov (from left to right), Director of the BAR Association of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raimkulov, and Director of the Association of Legal Clinics Artur Bakirov signed a Cooperation Agreement to involve law school students during their internships at university legal clinics in activities of the Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs).

Photo 6 Akjol Kalbekov provides comments re CA terms IMG 7929

Director of the FLA Coordination Center Akjol Kalbekov (from left to right) making opening remarks to highlight the importance of defining the place for law students in the State-Guaranteed Free Legal Aid, Director of the BAR Association of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raimkulov, and Director of the Association of Legal Clinics Artur Bakirov.

Photo 4 ALCs presentation IMG 7968

Project coordinator of the Association of Legal Clinics Nargiza Zhenishova presents the project titled “Strengthening the interaction between legal clinics, FLA Coordination Center, 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.

Photo 3 Soros Foundation questions IMG 7978

Director of Rule of Law Program of Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan Nuriana Kartanbaeva raised several important questions, including number of currently functioning legal clinic, their sustainability and if universities and/or donor organizations support with funding.

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Head of Legal Department of the Ministry of Education Bektur Ibragimov supports the idea of strengthening the educational and employment opportunities for the law faculty students by internship at FLACs countrywide.

Photo 9 Bakyt Alisherov Training Center of State Finance Police speaks IMG 8011

Head of the Training Center under the State Financial Intelligence Service Bakytbek Alisherov highlighted the importance of strengthening legal clinics and the mechanisms of interaction between the state-guaranteed legal aid entities to improve access to justice in the country.

Photo 5 Local Government Agreement Signed IMG 8059

Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan Artur Bakirov (from right to left) and Head of Jany-Jerskey Aiyil Okmotu Mirlan Jekshenov shaking hands to congratulate each other with signed Cooperation Agreement signed during the event.

Photo 13 Aizana Niyazalieva Advocature Zulfia Kudakeeva Grishin Nikita IMG 7997

Expert of the Working Group under the BAR Association of the Kyrgyz Republic Aizana Niyazalieva (from left to right), Director of Legal Clinic of the International University of Central Asia Zulfia Kulunbaeva, and Director of Legal Clinic under the Kyrgyz State Law Academy Nikita Grivstov providing their comments regarding the language of the Cooperation Agreement.

Photo 8 CGP MLSD CSOs Universities IMG 8005

CGP Rule of Law Program Officer Elzar Elemanov (from right) and Leading Specialist of the Office of Legal Support and International Cooperation under the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Azema Bekturova actively participated in the roundtable discussions.

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Director of the FLA Coordination Center Akjol Kalbekov (from left to right), Director of the BAR Association of the Kyrgyz Republic Bilim Raimkulov, and Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan Artur Bakirov signing the Cooperation Agreement with participants’ comments and suggestions reflected in the text during the roundtable discussions.

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A memorable photo of the participants of the productive roundtable discussions ended with signing the Cooperation Agreement of the Ministry of Justice’s FLA Coordination Center, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan.