Law on Social Procurement

The USAID-funded Collaborative Governance Program (CGP), together with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and Development Policy Institute (DPI), worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD), Parliament (Jogorku Kenesh), and other state bodies and civil society organizations (CSOs) to improve the regulatory framework for social procurement.
 
The program supported the MLSD’s initiatives, including the development of a new Law on State Social Procurement (LSSP) and successfully advocated for the adoption of the law.  Moreover, draft secondary legal acts and procedures for implementation of state social procurement were also developed with the CGP’s technical assistance. The new regulatory and legal acts provide the basis for broadening the scope of social procurement beyond the MoLSD at the national and local levels.
 
The LSSP, adopted on May 3, 2017, authorizes the government to contract with non-profit CSOs to provide social services through grants allocated from public funds. To support the successful implementation of the Law, the CGP, through DPI, is strengthening the capacity of the MLSD, its territorial units, local self-government bodies (LSG), and CSOs that are actively involved in the process of introducing and implementing the LSSP and the associated secondary legal acts. CGP technical assistance at the national and local government levels is developing the human and organizational skills required for monitoring and evaluating social procurement implementation in accordance with the approved social procurement mechanisms.
 

Law On Public Councils of the State Bodies

Since 2016, the CGP has been supporting the human and institutional capacity of the Coordination Board of Public Councils (CB-PC) and the Public Councils of State Bodies (PCs) to establish a long-term strategy for Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GoKR) - CSO cooperation. The Law “On Public Councils of the State Bodies” establishes the desired dialogue platform between Civil Society and Government, and as such, the CGP is assisting the CB-PC, PCs and CSOs, to improve the implementation of the law.

CGP provided technical support to the CB-PC, including the following:

  • broadened the general understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the CB-PC, as per the existing laws and regulations;
    increased public awareness of the activities of the CB-PC;
    supported the CB-PC to organize the annual conference “Assessment of Interaction between Public Councils and Government Bodies in 2017” held by the Public Councils of State Bodies and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The conference brought together over 150 people, including members of public councils, ministers, members of Parliament, and representatives of international and civil society organizations, and media; and
    provided equipment and furniture for the new office allocated by the Government for the CB-PC with a view towards sustainable development of the institution of Public Councils. The office serves as a dialogue platform and coordination center for Public Councils of State Bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic.
     
The CGP will continue to promote the implementation of the Law on Public Councils of State Bodies and work on strengthening the capacity of the Public Councils of the Ministry of Justice and MLSD to carry out their functions as set forth by the Law “On Public Councils of State Bodies,” including:
 
promotion and discussion of public initiatives related to activities of ministries, state committees and administrative bodies; 
assistance to ministries, state committees and administrative bodies in preparation and adoption of quality decisions that have a socially significant as well as strategic character; 
increasing the transparency and efficiency of ministries, state committees and administrative departments in using funds such as budgetary, borrowed (loans, and credit), special funds, technical assistance and grants transferred by governments of other countries and international organizations to ministries, state committees and administrative bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic; and
improving the quality of services provided to the population by ministries, state committees and administrative bodies.