Increase collaboration and coordination among government and civil society in Kyrgyzstan
In 2021, as a member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Civil Society Initiative (CSI) launched series of activities on the co-creation process and OGP commitments to increase collaboration and coordination among government and civil society in Kyrgyzstan and ensure enhanced results. Together with OGP Secretariat, CSI delivered seminars in 7 regions of Kyrgyzstan.
The main objectives of the seminars are:
- Enhanced quality of engagement and dialogue during National Action Plan design;
- Sustained engagement and improved monitoring during the implementation of commitments;
- Strengthened process for deliberation and prioritization.
The main purpose of the workshops is to provide participants with comprehensive information about the progress of the initiatives within the Open Government Partnership in the Kyrgyz Republic and to start gathering initiatives for the second National Action Plan of the Government for 2021-2023, to discuss new initiatives with stakeholders and receive further feedback.
During each seminar, participants were presented with information on OGP, and tools and process for submitting new initiatives. Participants also discussed ways of involving citizens in decision-making processes.
The workshops in 7 regions were attended by 234 people: 89 representatives of the public/municipal sector and 145 representatives of civil society.
CSI also organized a regional “Open Government Week- 7 countries LIVE” event from May 18-19, 2021 to have a peer-to-peer exchange of OGP practices. Representatives (state and civil society) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan participated in the event.
The University of Central Asia (UCA)’s Civil Society Initiative has been an active member of the National Open Government Forum in the Kyrgyz Republic since 2018. In 2019, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic recognized UCA for its significant contribution to the implementation of Open Government Partnership commitments in the country. Kyrgyzstan was the first country in Central Asia to join the OGP initiative. The activities of the partnership are aimed at implementing governments' commitments to ensure transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and use new technologies to strengthen governance.