Kyrgyzstan used to be known as the island of democracy in Central Asia but politically the situation remains fragile after revolutions and ethnic violence in recent years. The quality of education and health care has decreased significantly since Soviet times. A large section of the male population is migrating seasonally to Russia and Kazakhstan due to lack of employment. Agriculture contributes a third of the GDP and employs about half of the workforce.
215 Manaschi Sagimbay Street
720010 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
ICCO & Kerk in Actie have focused over the last 10 years largely on local democratization, community development work and improving access to markets and finance for rural farming communities. Working in coalition with a range of local stakeholders ranging from civil society, government and corporate sector is central and next to strategic alliances with organizations such as Dan Church Aid and Helvetas.
As over the last decade, the major primary target group are rural communities in which the various programs focus respectively on small farmers and producer organizations, migrants and their families, vocational education students and people with disability. In urban areas the latter two are also target groups.
The Conflict Transformation and Democratization program focuses on migration, peace building & conflict resolution and disability. Access to rights and being able to resolve conflict for people to better their livelihood stands out in all these directions and will be worked on at local and national level.
The Fair Economic Development program aims at inclusive value chain development for local and international markets with a specific focus on gender sensitivity, producer organizations and value chain finance. International markets focus on organic and/or fair trade certified products and also in local markets, sustainable production becomes more prominent.
The Vocational Education & Training program promotes market oriented vocational training for better employability through improving the capacities of vocational schools, developing market-oriented training which is payable for young people and influence educational policy and frameworks at ministerial level.