On September 18, 2018, over 60 representatives of the ministries, local self-governments and civil society participated in the conference titled as “Experience and Prospects of Developing the Social Procurement” to discuss successes of implementing the new mechanism of state social procurement at the municipal level, as well as further prospects.
 
During the event, representatives of Batken and Kochkor-Ata shared their unique experience of using state social procurement to address priority issues of their communities with participation of civil society organizations. Participants also discussed ways to replicate this experience in other municipalities and scale it up to the level. 
 
The new Law on State Social Procurement and related legal acts were adopted in 2017. It enabled government institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic to procure services from civil society organizations to address various issues in the community. Development Policy Institute and USAID Collaborative Governance Program has been working with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to implement the new law as part of the project “Strengthening capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to implement state social procurement”. 
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Representatives from USAID (from left), Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Development Policy Institute and USAID Collaborative Governance Program participated in the conference titled as “Experience and perspectives of social procurement development” held in Bishkek.

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USAID Project Management Specialist Mahabbat Alymkulova (from left), USAID Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director Gary Linden, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development Jyldyz Polotova makes opening remarks, and Director of Institution Development Policy Institute Nadezhda Dobretsova at the conference titled as “Experience and perspectives of social procurement development”.

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USAID Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director Gary Linden makes opening remarks (from left), and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Jyldyz Polotova during the conference titled as “Experience and perspectives of social procurement development”.

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Specialist on Social Issues of the Batken Mayor’s Office Ibadat Aikynova shared the experience of implementing state social procurement at their municipal level.

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Representatives of civil society and local self-governments were active during the conference and discussed the implementation of state social procurement and its further prospects. 

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CSO representative Batma Estebesova provides comments on further implementation of state social procurement in the Kyrgyz Republic.