Bishkek. On November 5, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic (MLSD) held a conference on state social procurement. Over 100 representatives from government and non-government organizations attended it. It was confirmed during the conference that the state social procurement became an effective mechanism that allows the government to cooperate with civil society organizations so that the most vulnerable groups of the population have increased access to quality social services. The event was held in collaboration with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program and the Development Policy Institute. 
 
In 2013, the MLSD was the only state body implementing state social procurement with a budget totaling 13, 9 million KGS. In 2019, there are three state bodies (MLSD, the State Agency for Youth, Sports, and Physical Culture, and the Ministry of Health) and five municipalities implementing SSP with a total budget of 43, 8 million KGS. The Ministry of Education developed its state social procurement program to increase children’s access to preschool education and plans to provide social vouchers to families in need. 
 
Since 2017, the Development Policy Institute, with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, has been helping the MLSD, municipalities and civil society organizations to introduce social procurement mechanisms at the national and municipal levels. At the national level, the procedures for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of social procurement and the mechanisms of interaction between MLSD and civil society organizations, as executors of social procurement projects, were improved. The implementation practice of the Law on State Social Procurement, developed with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, was evaluated. Participating municipalities include the cities of Batken, Kochkor-Ata, Osh, Karakol, as well as the Uzun-Kyr, Lenin, and Kyzyl-Oktyabr aiyl aimaks. In 2019, the participating municipalities awarded ten state social procurement grants totaling 1,950,000 KGS for social projects. These focused on supporting migrants’ children, disabled children, homeless people, elderly people, victims of domestic violence, etc. It is important that local councils (keneshes) supported the introduction of an innovative approach, and approved the municipal social procurement programs.
 
“State social procurement is new for us,” noted the Vice Mayor of Karakol, Gulnaz Orozova, but “we have understood that social procurement is an opportunity to work with civil society organizations to resolve priority social problems of people in need, to develop a market of non-governmental providers of social services, and to apply innovative methods in addressing pressing issues of social development.”  
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(From left to right) Nadezhda Dobrestova, Chair of the Board of the Development Policy Institute,  Noel Bauer, Democracy and Governance Office Director, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic; Deputy Department Head on Civil Society, Religious and Ethnic Policy under the President's Office; Gary Linden, Mission Director of the USAID in the Kyrgyz Republic, making opening remarks; and Zhanyl Alybaeva, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, are at the conference "Experience and Perspectives of State Social Procurement in the Kyrgyz Republic - 2019". 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) is a $9.5 million investment over five years to promote 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).
 
Bishkek. On November 5, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, in cooperation with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program and Development Policy Institute, is organizing a conference entitled “Experience and Perspectives of State Social Procurement in the Kyrgyz Republic”. The conference will start from 10:00 a.m. to 16:00 at the Sheraton Bishkek Hotel, 148 B Kievskaya Street.
 
Journalists will have an opportunity to learn about latest progress in implementing the Law on State Social Procurement, which allows the government to partner with non-government organizations in providing various services. Cities and local governments from Issyk-Kul, Osh and Chui Oblasts will share their best practices and lessons learned in using social procurement. 
 
Among the key speakers of the event are the Head of the Department on Civil Development, Religious and Ethnic Policy of the President’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic Nazgul Tashpaeva, the Minister of Labor and Social Development Ulugbek Kochkorov, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic Mission Director Gary Linden. 
 
Contact info for accreditation: 0554 011 049 и 0779-144 133 (Kymbat Kadyralieva), Press Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development 
 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) 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).
 

There are more than 18,000 children under the age of five in Kyrgyzstan, who do not have birth certificates. These are the so-called “invisible” children. Read a moving story about Avaz, a 10-year-old boy from Tokmok, a small city not far from Bishkek, who until recently was among them as well. 

Since 2016, over 132,000 people have received legal assistance from 25 Free Legal Aid Centers established by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid. Many of the MoJ’s initiatives were supported by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, the joint project of the Finnish Foreign Ministry - UNDP "Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic", and Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan.  
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On October 23, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, in cooperation with the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, will host a conference entitled “Local Mechanisms for Safeguarding and Protection from Domestic Violence”. Achievements of the 27 Committees on Prevention Domestic Violence (CPDVs) operating in four districts of Issyk-Kul and Osh Oblasts and nine new settlements of Bishkek to be presented to the participants. The conference will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 192 Abdrakhmanov Street.
The participants include  Vice Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) Aida Kasmalieva, Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Altynai Omurbekova, Minister of Labor and Social Development Ulukbek Kochkorov, deputies, representatives of state bodies, USAID, civil society, and local Committees for Prevention of Domestic Violence (CPDVs). 
A Press Café to be held at 15:00 with representatives of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Association of Crisis Centers, the Public Union “Abiyir El”, the Public Fund “DIA”, and Committees on Prevention Domestic Violence from Bishkek city, Issyk-Kul and Osh Oblasts. 
The CPDV activists will share their best practices to prevent domestic violence, lessons learned, and further plans for development and strengthening the capacity of CPDVs.
Contact info for accreditation: 0554 011 049 и 0779-144 133 (Kymbat Kadyralieva)
Press Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development 
The USAID Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) 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).

 

There are more than 18,000 children under the age of five in Kyrgyzstan, who do not have birth certificates. These are the so-called “invisible” children. Read a moving story about Avaz, a 10-year-old boy from Tokmok, a small city not far from Bishkek, who until recently was among them as well. 

Since 2016, over 132,000 people have received legal assistance from 25 Free Legal Aid Centers established by the Ministry of Justice’s Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid. Many of the MoJ’s initiatives were supported by the USAID Collaborative Governance Program, the joint project of the Finnish Foreign Ministry - UNDP "Towards a sustainable access to justice for legal empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic", and Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan.  
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