Eurasia

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC 2019

Combatting Corruption through Judicial Institutions

Institute of Public Analysis

Supplement: $11,816

To promote the rule of law and integrity of the judiciary in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will monitor courts and pre-trial investigative proceedings throughout the country. Monitoring will assess the degree to which uniform standards are followed during the investigation and adjudication of criminal cases concerning corruption. Based on these findings, the institute will analyze existing legislation, as well as the implementation of the country’s Anti-Corruption Program, to put forward recommendations for harmonizing and strengthening the country’s anti-corruption legal framework.

Increasing Capacity for Investigative Journalism

Innovation Laboratory

 $35,600

To increase the capacity of Kyrgyz journalists to conduct investigative journalism. The organization will create a handbook and train journalists, civic activists, bloggers, and influential users of social media in investigative journalism, with a focus on increasing government accountability by investigating the financial holdings of public officials. It will also create a research tool for investigative journalism.

Local Governance and Civic Engagement

International Republican Institute (IRI)

 $200,000

To increase interaction and responsiveness of city councils and support local groups advocating for citizen priorities. The institute will leverage its municipal service delivery work as a springboard for greater public involvement in oversight and activism and promote more substantive conversation between the state and citizenry in solving local problems.

Overcoming Political Exclusion of Minority Groups through Community Engagement

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

 $400,000

To address the political exclusion of ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstani decision-making, the institute will facilitate a collaborative process of community engagement between Uzbeks, the largest ethnic minority, and ethnic Kyrgyz. Beginning with diverse youth, the institute will use community organizing initiatives to identify issues of shared concern and begin to bridge divides and build a relationship of collaboration and trust. By the end of the program, participants will have developed a sense of common interest that will lay the groundwork needed for future collective action and greater engagement of minority groups in political processes.

Promoting Access to Independent News

Freedom of Information

 $51,000

To promote access to objective, accurate, and timely information about current affairs and politics in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will maintain and develop an independent television news service, which will provide news and analyses about current political, economic, and social developments in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Promoting Access to Independent News

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $30,000

To promote access to objective, accurate, and timely information about current affairs and politics in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will maintain and develop an independent television news service, which will provide news and analyses about current political, economic, and social developments in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Promoting Budget Transparency

Kloop Media, z.s.

Supplement: $22,880

To increase the accountability of public spending in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will establish an online platform for citizen reporting on government spending. The grantee will use submissions to the platform to publish investigative pieces on their news website. Ten contributors will be selected to participate in a four-month journalism training and publish their own investigations.

Promoting Civil Society

Legal Initiative Bishkek Public Foundation

 $33,000

To foster the development of young human rights activists in the regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. The initiative will conduct human rights training in the Kyrgyz language for activists from the regions. It will also provide legal consultations to civic initiatives and represent clients in strategic cases.

Promoting Democratic Values

Public Union “Peaceful Initiatives”

 $42,000

To promote democratic ideas and values among youth in southern areas of the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will organize debate schools and conduct a series of debate tournaments. They will also organize trainings for local officials to improve their leadership and public engagement skills, and convene a series of meetings for local officials and the general public. Finally, the organization will produce televised debate programs, and organize a speaker series modeled on the Ted Talk format.

Promoting Freedom of Assembly

Public Foundation “Kylym Shamy”

Supplement: $14,050

To promote freedom of assembly in the Kyrgyz Republic. The project will include monitoring of freedom of assembly in all seven regions of the country providing legal aid for individuals whose freedom to assembly rights have been violated, conducting training seminars for legal professionals, and when necessary, advocating for reforms.

Promoting Human Rights

Jalalabad Regional Human Rights Organization Spravedlivost

 $85,432

To expand the availability of reliable and detailed information about human rights in remote regions of the Kyrgyz Republic, promote the defense and protection of human rights and civic freedoms, and raise the level of legal knowledge and awareness of citizens of their basic rights. The organization will maintain its network of human rights NGOs, monitor human rights abuses, and provide free legal aid.

Promoting Human Rights Among Youth

Association of Civil Society Support Centers

 $61,790

To promote the development of a new generation of young human rights defenders. The organization will conduct a four-day school on human rights. Participants will then participate in a three-day school on public policy, where they will receive training on writing analytical human rights reports. Following this training, the organization will provide mini-stipends and participants will conduct research and present their findings under the guidance of a dedicated mentor. Finally, the organization will organize a school on planning advocacy campaigns utilizing new media.

Promoting Human Rights Legal Activism

Partner Group “Precedent”

 $38,340

To facilitate the development of a new generation of human rights lawyers in the Kyrgyz Republic. Lawyers will be trained to advocate for legislation and regulation that serves the public interest and to work on human rights related cases. Classroom education will be provided and experienced lawyers will mentor less experienced lawyers.

Promoting Independent Media

The Tairzhan Tursunaliev Yntymak Media School

 $49,989

To promote the development of independent media in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic. An independent online news portal will regularly publish news content, investigative reports, and multimedia products such as infographics and videos. Trainings and sustained mentorship for local journalists and bloggers will be provided.

Promoting Public Discussion and Political Discourse

Public Association “Center for Political and Legal Studies”

 $52,042

To advance policy debate in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will hold a series of events such as roundtables, lectures, and expert-led discussions, with the aim of providing a platform for expert analysis on salient topics. In addition, the organization will produce and publish analytical news stories and reports, which will be widely distributed online. Finally, they will produce three in-depth policy papers per year that will put forward concrete recommendations for policy-makers and relevant government officials.

Promoting Rule of Law

Golos Svobody

 $67,650

To promote the rule of law and the development of fair and transparent legal processes. Project activities will include initiating court cases with strategic litigation potential and, upon exhausting domestic remedies, submitting cases to international bodies such as the UN Committee for Human Rights. The project will also coordinate cases, work with partner organizations, assist victims of abuses, and advocate for legal and judicial reforms.

Promoting Quality Debate

Public Fund “Our Contribution”

 $40,000

To promote media pluralism leading up to the 2020 parliamentary elections in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will produce a political debate program on its internet-based television channel, leading up to and during the 2020 parliamentary elections. The Kyrgyz and Russian language debate program will feature parliamentarians, politicians, experts, members of civil society, government officials, and journalists. Panelists will discuss current events as they relate to political developments and the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Promoting Rule of Law

Golos Svobody

Supplement: $10,650

To promote the rule of law and the development of fair and transparent legal processes. The organization will initiate court cases with strategic litigation potential and, upon exhausting domestic remedies, will submit cases to international bodies such as the UN Committee for Human Rights. The organization will coordinate the cases, work with partner organizations, assist victims of abuses, and advocate for legal and judicial reforms.

Promoting the Rule of Law

Rule of Law

 $63,000

To promote the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic. Research and analysis will be conducted and the results will be publicized and utilized for public outreach activities, as well as disseminated among media outlets and through social media platforms. Technical assistance will also be provided and further coalition building efforts will be carried out.

Promoting the Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Supplement: $14,480

To promote the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic. Research and analysis will be conducted and the results will be publicized and utilized for public outreach activities, as well as disseminated among media outlets and through social media platforms. Technical assistance will also be provided, and further coalition building efforts will be carried out.

Promoting the Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Supplement: $15,070

To promote the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic. Research and analysis will be conducted and the results will be publicized and utilized for public outreach activities, as well as disseminated among media outlets and through social media platforms. Technical assistance will also be provided and further coalition building efforts will be carried out.

Promoting the Rule of Law

Legal Clinic Adilet

 $75,751

To promote the rule of law and defend the civil and political rights of citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will analyze draft legislation and other normative acts for adherence to domestic and international civil and political rights standards; publish materials in print and online; and provide targeted legal aid to civic and political activists and journalists whose rights have been violated.

Promoting Youth Political Participation

Public Foundation “Legal Prosperity”

Supplement: $14,700

To promote youth participation in political and government decision-making processes in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will organize discussion clubs for youth in the regions of the Kyrgyz Republic, conduct a school of youth policy, and operate a summer school and an autumn school to increase youth understanding of and participation in political processes.

Remembering Soviet era Repression

Center Polis Asia

 $34,685

To promote public understanding of the country’s Soviet period. The organization will conduct original and archival research in order to document the history of Soviet-era repression. They will produce a series of articles, publish a book, and organize a travelling exhibition. They will also organize a series of public discussions on topics related to their research.

Remembering Soviet-era Repression

Center Polis Asia

Supplement: $17,473

To promote public understanding of the country’s Soviet period. The organization will conduct original and archival research in order to document the history of Soviet-era repression. They will produce a series of articles, publish a book, and organize a travelling exhibition. They will also organize a series of public discussions on topics related to their research.

Strengthening Voters’ Access to Parliament

Civic Education

 $23,730

To strengthen voters’ access to parliament. The organization will establish a free consultation center to provide legal advice to citizens seeking to meet with members of parliament. They will also analyze the effectiveness of voters’ meetings with parliamentarians and their deputies. The organization will assess existing mechanisms for citizens to communicate with their representatives online, and make recommendations for further popularizing their use. Finally, they will create a YouTube channel, where they will post informational videos on the role and powers of parliament.

Strengthening Women’s Civic Participation

Progressive Public Organization of Women “Mutakallim”

 $58,778

To enhance the civic participation of religious women in the Kyrgyz Republic. The organization will develop a methodological guidebook on informal religious education and conduct one training event for religious women leaders. The organization will also disseminate videos on democratic values and the rights of women. They will also organize expert meetings that bring together active religious women with religious experts and state representatives. Finally, they will organize roundtables to discuss the participation of religious women in the country’s public life.

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