The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) works to increase the demand for the Rule of Law (RoL) in the Kyrgyz Republic by educating the public about the justice system and the RoL generally, and works to increase access to justice for the most vulnerable populations, including victims of domestic violence. The RoL component of the CGP program is designed to build upon prior donor “supply side” support to the justice sector to encourage the “demand side,” i.e. citizens understanding, monitoring, and acquiring an appreciation of the importance of RoL in a democratic society. 
 
The CGP supports the ongoing efforts of the Ministry of Justice in strengthening citizens’ understanding of the rule of law and human rights and enabling citizens to use existing legal mechanisms to protect their rights and access to justice. The CGP also supports capacity building for key institutions that have a mandate to promote a legal culture in the country and to provide services to citizens. 
 
Since 2016, the CGP has been conducting outreach activities to increase understanding of the roles and functions of the judiciary system by organizing lectures for secondary school students; training of journalists in accurate reporting and preparing articles on judicial issues; and organizing public discussions and disseminating media materials among vulnerable populations, professionals and the general public.
 
To date, the CGP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, established 10 Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs) in addition to existing 14 to improve access to free legal aid for citizens with a focus on the most vulnerable populations. The CGP will also continue its work on a national level to raise public awareness on access to justice and provide capacity building for the Ministry of Justice and its FLACs placed throughout the country. 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 service providers at: http://legalmap.gov.kg/ru/ and/or www.minjust.gov.kg.
 
In 2018-2019, the CGP will take a holistic approach to RoL promotion consisting of two complementary parts: first, strengthening citizen understanding of the RoL and human rights and enabling citizens to use existing legal mechanisms to protect their rights and access justice, and second, capacity building for key institutions that have a mandate to promote a legal culture in the country and to provide services to citizens.  
 
The CGP is committed to promoting the RoL by providing targeted assistance with a focus on expanded collaboration in the following priority areas: 
 
- Assisting the Free Legal Aid Coordination Center under the Ministry of Justice in implementation of its strategic action plan for 2018 – 2021;
- Strengthening the capacity of the FLACs and other legal aid actors;
- Assisting the Ministry of Justice in its efforts to improve the performance monitoring system for FLACs;
- Supporting the cooperation platform of the Ministry of Justice with civil society organizations and other legal aid actors; 
- Designing and delivering the access to justice public awareness campaigns; and
- Providing the Legal Assistance Grants (LAGs) to civil society organizations.