On June 12, the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid (CCSGLA) under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic held its first coordination meeting with over 30 non-government organizations (NGOs) and legal clinics of universities to improve the legal opportunities for communities and establish efficient mechanisms of cooperation between government agencies, local governments and civil society institutions. The CCSGLA provided information on key regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population and signed an agreement of cooperation with NGOs and legal clinics. The coordinated efforts of all stakeholders will promote a more efficient enforcement of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On State-guaranteed Legal Aid”, as well as improving access to justice for the population. The first coordination meeting was organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by East-West Management Institute, and the Finland Foreign Ministry and UNDP’s project “Towards Sustainable Access to Justice for Improving Legal Opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of Free Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice Akjol Kalbekov congratulates the Head of the Public Union “Center for Development of Law and Legislation” Maripa Seidalieva after signing the Agreement of Cooperation.

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Director of the Center for Coordination of Free Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice Akjol Kalbekov (third from left) presents new regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population.

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Bubusara Ryskulova, Executive Director of the Crisis Center “Sezim”, provides her comments on improving access to free legal aid for victims of domestic violence.

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Legal Expert Ayana Koduranova presents the agreement of cooperation.

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Executive Director of the Association of Women Judges, Zulfia Turumbekova, shares the Association’s experience on advancing the Law on State Guaranteed Free Legal Aid.

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Chair of the Public Human Rights Foundation “Protection Line”, Natalia Kotik (in the center), signs the agreement of cooperation.

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Olga Janaeva, Head of the Public Union of Women “Alga” and representative from Women Support Center sign the agreement of cooperation.

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A memory photos of over 40 participants of the first coordination meeting including representatives of the Ministry of Justice, USAID Collaborative Governance Program, UNDP, CSOs, and legal clinics after signing the agreement of cooperation.

 

On June 22, 2018, the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, implemented by the East-West Management Institute, will inaugurate two Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in Issyk-Kul Oblast. The opening of Free Legal Aid Centers in Cholpon-Ata will take place at 10 a.m. at Cholpon-Ata Rayon Administration located at 1 Sovetskaya Str. and at 2 p.m. in Balykchi at Balykchi Territorial Unit of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development at 3 Orozbaeva Str. 
Participants in the inauguration ceremonies will include the Director of the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, Akzhol Kalbekov, the Director of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, Garry Ledbetter, the Regional Director of Legal Programs of the East-West Management Institute, Nicolas Mansfield, the Head of the Issyk-Kul Rayon Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic, Daniyar Imanaliev, the Mayor of Balykchi city, Almaz Mambetov, Issyk-Kul oblast court representatives, local self-government bodies, civil society organizations and media.
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. In such centers, visitors consult with a lawyer, public notary officer, or defense attorney, who are all included in the system of state guaranteed legal aid. Currently, 22 Free Legal Aid Centers operate in Chui, Osh, Talas, Jalal-Abad, Batken, Naryn and Issyk-Kul Oblasts and in Bishkek. 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program is assisting the Ministry of Justice in its initiative to improve access to legal aid and previously supported the opening of six Free Legal Aid Centers in Isfana and Kadamjay in Batken Oblast, Jalal-Abad city and Bazar-Korgon village in Jalal-Abad Oblast, and Naryn city and Kochkor village in Naryn Oblast. The USAID Collaborative Governance Program also provides assistance to strengthen the existing Free Legal Aid Centers to improve the quality of the services provided by these centers. 
More 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 services at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ru/ and/or www.minjust.gov.kg. 
 
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). 
 

On May 14-17, 2018, 35 representatives from 19 civil society organizations (CSOs) of Issyk-Kul and Naryn Oblasts participated in a two-day workshop "Successful Grant Proposal Writing" organized by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. The workshop focuses on the following important aspects: conducting needs assessment and stakeholder analysis, identifying and formulating the problem, formulating project goals and objectives, using the project's logical framework, developing a project monitoring and evaluation plan, formulating indicators, drafting a work plan and developing a project’s budget. Similar seminars will be conducted for CSOs in Chui, Osh, and Batken Oblasts.

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Participants of the seminar in Karakol, with the support of trainer from PF "Civic Participation" Aidar Mambetov, work enthusiastically in groups to better understand how to write a successful grant proposal.

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Experienced trainer from the Public Foundation "Civil Participation" Aida Kurbanova comments on the results of the independent work of seminar participants in Karakol.

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Aidar Mambetov, trainer from PF "Civic Participation", skillfully guides the work of seminar participants in Naryn.

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 Aida Kurbanova, trainer from PF "Civic Participation", explains to participants the goals and objectives of the project using the example of the crisis center. 

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A participant presents the project’s cycle - the result of the group work at the seminar in Naryn.

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A participant from the Association of Nonprofit Management Educators in Naryn received a certificate for successful completion of the workshop "Successful Grant Proposal Writing".

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Aida Kurbanova and Aidar Mambetov, trainers from PF "Civic Participation" present the certificates of completion to participants at the end of the workshop "Successful Grant Proposal Writing" in the city of Karakol.

 

WHAT: Roundtable discussion on “Cooperation of the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid (CCSGLA) with Non-government Organizations and Legal Clinics of Universities”.
WHEN: June 12, 2018, 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
 WHERE: conference hall of Plaza Hotel, 52 Togolok Moldo street, Bishkek.
 WHO: Akjol Kalbekov, Director of the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid (CCSGLA); NGOs and legal clinics of Chui and Osh oblasts; representatives of the ministries and agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic and international organizations. 
 
During the meeting, the representatives of the Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid will provide information on the key regulations governing the provision of state-guaranteed free legal aid to the population, procedures and standards for providing consultations and professional legal assistance, and the organizational structure of the CCSGLA. As a conclusion of the coordination meeting, the CCSGLA will sign an agreement of cooperation with NGOs and legal clinics. The agreement aims to promote a more efficient enforcement of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On State-guaranteed Legal Aid”, as well as improving access to justice for the population, including women and people with disabilities.
 
For more details contact: Aida Kadyrova, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic; mobile phone: +996 555 355 800; e-mail: press@minjust.gov.kg
 
 
Bishkek – On May 17, 2018 the Public Association "Kyrgyz Association of Women Judges", in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, launched a series of guest lectures for students of universities and colleges (vocational institutions) in all regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. The guest lectures are aimed at increasing students' awareness of Free Legal Aid Centers established countrywide, improving their knowledge about the judicial system, and providing details about the new Law on Safeguarding and Protection against Domestic Violence. The series of guest lectures are being held as part of the project "Increasing knowledge of citizens about obtaining legal information", with the support of the Collaborative Governance Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the East-West Management Institute.
During the guest lectures, the judges will inform over 1,200 students from over 40 universities and colleges about Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) and the interactive map of legal service providers www.legalmap.gov.kg of the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. The students will also learn about the role and structure of the judicial system and about the online resource of judicial acts www.sot.kg of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic, where judicial decisions and other information on the work of courts are published. In addition, the students will receive booklets, brochures and video PSA demonstrations aimed at improving access to justice for the most vulnerable groups of the population in Kyrgyzstan.
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).