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In 2021, WFD Kyrgyzstan marked a decade’s work to support key democratic institution across the Kyrgyz Republic. Our programmes helped local councils and parliament to interact more with the people they serve and represent. WFD worked to increase the opportunities that people in Kyrgyzstan have to take part in decision-making. More than that, our activities aim to help people oversee and hold government accountable for decisions that affect their lives. We did this by providing technical support, sharing UK expertise, and facilitating peer-to-peer learning in and outside of the country.

WFD supported Kyrgyzstan as it works to achieve the ambitions it set out in its plans under the Open Government Partnership. These plans set out a roadmap to open parliament up to the people it represents so they can access information, know what parliament is discussing, and know how they can get involved.

WFD’s activities in the Kyrgyz Republic included: working with a local radio station to inform the Batken community about local government responsibilities and engage young people in local politics; helping aspiring women politicians gain they skills and knowledge they need to run for office; and supporting local councils to improve schools and waste management through better oversight. WFD brought MPs and Councillors from Kyrgyzstan to the UK for peer-to-peer learning and exchange sessions.

Finally, as part of the group of European organisations, WFD nurtured media reform in the country to help increase access to information prevent around elections. WFD worked with political parties and the Electoral Commission to bolster efforts to eradicate hate speech during election campaigns.

2011: year of first WFD programme

Country Data

Population:

Population:

6.4
million
GDP:

GDP:

$9.1
billion USD
GNI per capita:

GNI per capita:

$1,268
USD
Media freedom:

Media freedom:

67/100
(not free)
Democracy index:

Democracy index:

37/100
(partly free)

Key Results

Nurtured a stronger and more coherent women MPs’ forum
Enhanced engagement between MPs and local councillors and communities
Established a new practice of inducting newly-elected councillors
Developed and disseminated a practical guide for city councils and videos about what oversight powers they have and good practices for using them
Supported the establishment of a network of women city councillors
Helped more than 30 aspiring women politicians to build the knowledge and skills they need to get elected
Built the understanding, knowledge and skills of four city councils to help them monitor and oversee local government
Supported city councils to scrutinise issues that are a priority for residents

Implementation

Strengthening local government and oversight
Completed
Programme end: March 2021
Nurturing sustainable media sector reform to prevent elections-related conflict
Underway
Programme end: November 2021
Improving women’s access to formal political leadership and strengthening the Kyrgyz Women’s Caucus
Completed
March 2018
Advancing an open parliament for Kyrgyzstan
Underway
December 2021

News

Parliament building in Kyrgyzstan

Call for applications – Anti-hate speech Training of Trainers for political stakeholders in Kyrgyzstan

WFD is looking for a consultant to develop a Training of Trainers (ToT) manual on anti-hate speech for political stakeholders for our Media Dialogue programme in Kyrgyzstan. Context WFD, in consortium with four organisations, is implementing the EU-funded “Project in Support of Sustainable Media Sector Reform for Elections-related Conflict Prevention in Kyrgyzstan”. The Programme aims […]

Parliament building in Kyrgyzstan

Analysis of the Kyrgyz Legal Framework for the Right to Information

Westminster Foundation for Democracy, within the framework of EU-funded Media Dialogue project, conducted an analysis of the legal framework for the Right to Information (RTI) in Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, focusing on the Law on Access to Information (ATI), as well as the Law on Guarantees and other related laws. The analysis was carried […]