The Tailan Community Initiative Group (CIG) has finalized a survey on the residents’ land needs. One hundred sixteen households participated in the survey. The survey showed that 84% of the surveyed households consist of more than two families (five households consist of more than four families). 
On May 22, the Tailan CIG presented the survey results to Mr. Zafarjon Kunduzov, the First Vice-Mayor of Isfana and the Head of the Land Allocation Commission. The CIG provided the Vice-Mayor with a list of households, in which more than three families live and are more in need because of poverty and/or disability.  Mr. Kunduzov emphasized the importance of the information prepared by the CIG. As a result of the meeting, the CIG members together with the land specialist of the Mayor’s Office conducted the verification of the vulnerable families in need of land. Based on the results of the verification, the CIG members wrote an official letter to the vice mayor with the request to include 16 families in urgent need of land in the Mayor’s Office list for further land allocation. In addition, in coordination with the Mayor’s Office, on May 28, a meeting was held of representatives of the mayor's office with residents of the Tailan village to explain the rules of land allocation. 
The CIGs are gradually learning how to assert their rights effectively. The Tailan CIG Leader Gulsunay Abdumomunova said: “It was easy to talk to officials and discuss the issues based on the survey results and referring to the relevant laws. We were happy that they listened to our requests and positively reacted to them. Practical workshops helped to strengthen our messages and feel confident.”

Photo 1 land reallocation

CIG leader Gulsunay Abdumomunova presents the survey results.

Photo 2 Meeting Mayor Office

The CIG discusses the results of the survey conducted in their community.

Photo 3 Isfana city municipal property specialist Kanybek Batyrov with Land Allocation specialist Jailoobek Jakshylykov refirifying the list

Isfana city municipal property specialist Kanybek Batyrov together with Land Allocation Commission member Jailoobek Jakshylykov verifying the list of people in need of land in Tailan.

Photo 4 CGP CIG Program Officer and CIG leader Gulsunai Abdumomunova

CGP Community Initiative Groups Program Officer Elmira Zholdosheva (first from left) and the CIG leader Gulsunay Abdumomunova working with the Mayor’s Office to verify the list of community residents in need of land.

From June through December 2019, members of Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence will conduct awareness raising events aimed at preventing domestic violence in Jeti Oguz and Ak Suu districts. The events will include TV programs, debates among secondary school students, workshops for young families, essay contests among students, forum theaters engaging local community members, legal consultations, and other events. 
The Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence were established to combat domestic violence at the local level. They help to improve cooperation between members of the Committees, including representatives of state district administrations, local units of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, educational and health institutions, and law enforcement bodies. The Committees also include civil society members such as courts of the elderly, women’s councils, and other active residents. Local authorities represented by the heads of ayil okmotu and members of local councils play a key role in establishing such committees and approving their membership and plans. 
Since January 2019, Public Unions Abiyir El and Selskaya Zhizn have been working closely with five Committees in Jeti Oguz district (Jeti Oguz, Chyrak, Jele Dobo, Kochkor, and Kabak) and four Committees in Ak Suu district (Teploklyuchenka, Maman, Jolgolot, and Otuz Uul). The Committees were established as part of the project “Promoting Local Committees for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence,” implemented with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program. 
The Collaborative Governance Program promotes effective collaboration between civil society and the state bodies 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).
Abiyir El booklet with USAID and EWMI logo

On May 10-13, 2019, 45 law students from all regions of the country participated in the Rule of Law School, where they gained practical communication and counseling skills. The students also participated in mock trials, and received knowledge from leading experts and practitioners in law and legal aid field.

The Rule of Law School is the avenue for future lawyers to take an internship at the Free Legal Aid Centers in the Kyrgyz Republic. It is planned, that students jointly with the lawyers of the FLACs, will be able to provide qualitative consultations within the Law “On State-Guaranteed Legal Aid”. According to the Law, the disadvantaged groups of population and stateless individuals have the right to receive free legal aid in one of the 24 Centers.

Photo 1 all together near the lake

Forty five law students from all regions of the country participated in the Summer School of Rule of Law at Issyk-Kul on May 10-13, 2019.

Photo 2 two days of study and learning

Students present their ideas on providing legal assistance at the Free Legal Aid Centers.

Photo 3 finding people in need of legal aid

Law students first went to public places to find the people, who need legal assistance and then provided them a legal consultation.Photo 4 working in a team

Students work in groups and then present their ideas and plans.

Photo 5 legal consultation to a women in need

Students conduct informational work with residents about the possibility to receive free legal aid at Free Legal Aid Centers located in all regions of the country.

Photo 6 ready to work in FLAC

The training was interactive, and all participants were satisfied with the knowledge and experience gained.

Photo 7 presenting ideas

Each participant had the opportunity to ask questions, share their ideas and plans.

Photo 8 45 students in a 4 day training

The leading experts and practitioners in the field of law and legal aid conducted trainings to law students during the Summer School of Rule of Law.

Photo 9 Law Students in Attention at 4 day training

Students are ready to undergo an internship at the Free Legal Aid Centers under the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic creates various online tools to improve interaction with citizens. However, the majority of the rural population does not know how to use the available tools to search for the necessary information and submit their appeals to state authorities online. 
Therefore, on May 21, 2019, the USAID Collaborative Governance Program conducted a practical workshop for members of Tailan and Andarak Community Initiative Groups (CIG) on public hearings and online appeals to state bodies via mobile applications and state bodies’ websites and portals. During the workshop, the participants learned to submit their appeals to various state bodies via the online portal for civic appeals at The participants also learned how to find necessary legal acts and contacts of key state officials on the Internet. They found the text of the Law on Citizens’ Appeals and reviewed all their official letters sent earlier for compliance with the law. As a result of the workshop, the CIGs sent three online appeals to the Minister of Health (MoH), the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund (MHIF), and the Leilek district authorities, as well as made phone calls to MoH and MHIFs’ hotlines.
Photo 1 CGP conducts a workshop for Tailan CIG members May 2019

CGP conducts a workshop for CIG members in Tailan.

Photo 3 CIG need time to learn how to submit online appeals

CIG members need time to practice how to submit online appeals.

Photo 4 CIG members learning from each other

CIG members teach each other and share their findings how to submit an online appeal.

Photo 5 CGP CIG Program Officer conducting a workshop

CGP Community Initiative Groups Program Officer (first from left) conducts the training on submitting online appeal via mobile application.

Photo 6 Andarak CIG members practicing to submit online appeal

Andarak CIG members practicing online appeal submission via mobile application.

Photo 7 CGP CIG Program Officer Emira Zholdosheva conducts training for Andarak CIG

CGP Community Initiative Groups Program Officer (first from right) conducts the training for Andarak CIG members on submitting online appeal via mobile.

Photo 8 Andarak CIG members learning to use online appeal submission via mobile and calling to veryfy if appeal reached

Andarak CIG members calling to the Ministry of Health’s hot line.

Photo 2 Tailan members practicing how to submit an online appeal

Members of CIG practicing how to submit an online appeal.

On April 23, 2019, members of Tailan Nur CIG in Isfana held their first meeting with representatives of local authorities and state bodies to discuss important community issues. During the meeting, the CIG members raised two initiatives related to road safety and transparent land allocation. The Isfana Mayor’s Office invited to the meeting the head of the Mayor Office, the head of the local transport department, a senior specialist of the local land allocation department and members of the local council. Regarding the land allocation, CIG was requested to provide information about all people waiting in the queue for the land allocation and agreed to check the database of the Mayor’s Office and then find out the reasons why some people are waiting longer than others for the decision. Although the CIG exists for over 10 years, it was the first meeting with the local authorities to address community issues.

Photo 1 CIG members address issues

Leader of the CIG Tailan Nur Gulsunai Abdumomunova (standing last to the right) raising the important community issue with land allocation and road safety in Tailan village.

Photo 2 Meeting Mayor Office

Head of Transport Department of Isfana City Administration Ustajan Navruzov (second from left) informs the participants about planned activities and budget allocation for improving road security in the Tailan village.