Creating sustainable opportunities for development in rural communities
In 2015, ACTED pursued its long-term work to create the conditions for change and address the most important challenges in the path towards sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan. By putting one of its main focuses on community participation and ownership, ACTED strives to ensure the long-term impact sustainability of its actions. Our projects aim at creating income-generating opportunities, building population resilience towards natural hazards, upholding the rule of law and good governance, and promoting social cohesion through community-based initiatives: they will set up the bases for better social, cultural, economic and natural environments.
Building population resilience in disaster-prone areas
In 2015, ACTED pursued its action amongst communities most at risk in two disaster-prone watersheds across the Kyrgyz-Tadjik border. The program worked through a community-driven approach while strengthening regional cooperation. ACTED supported more than 30 community-based Disaster Risk Man-agement-Community Based Organisations in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, created early-warning systems and safe havens, realised small-scale mitigation works and simulation exercises, all targeted towards increasing the resilience of local populations to natural disasters. Moreover, following the 17th November 2015 earthquake in the South of the Kyrgyz Republic, ACTED engaged in a shelter reconstruction project for 125 affected vulnerable households and plans on launching an awareness campaign on para-seismic construction techniques.
Promoting access to justice and social cohesion
ACTED has engaged in enhancing access to justice for vulnerable populations in remote areas of the country. In this frame, an innovative country-wide mapping of all legal aid services was conducted, which represents a unique step towards better access to justice and the strengthening of the rule of law. Furthermore, striving to support in-country capacities, ACTED and its partners pursued their engagement towards civil society organisations’ empowerment though focusing on enhancing the capacities of 89 human rights Civil Society Organisations and gender organisations. In addition, a comprehensive pilot project was launched in Batken Oblast to address the socio-economic roots of conflicts and offer communities the keys to build sus-tainable peace.
Fostering sustainable growth through community-driven participatory initiatives
During the course of 2015, ACTED engaged in activities aiming at reducing poverty by stimulating community-based sustainable socio-economic development and inclusive growth. ACTED launched a community-led initiative covering 19 villages in the poverty-stricken district of Ala Buka, aiming at improving socio-economic conditions of the population by rehabilitating local infrastructures, supporting on-farm value chains, promot-ing environmentally-conscious agriculture and enhancing the development of off-farm income generating activities. This two-year project will enable to tackle poverty while setting the basis of a district-wide inclusive and socially equitable development in the Ala-Buka district.
Meeting the immediate needs of populations to create opportunities for the future
In 2016, ACTED will pursue its actions aiming at addressing populations most urgent needs through extended cross-border actions in disaster risk reduction and poverty alleviation as well as social cohesion. As such, improved value chains will be implemented in Leylek district alongside similar ongoing activities in Ala Buka district. A deepened support to civil society will also translate through the provision of free legal aid in selected regions of the country. Throughout these programs, ACTED will pursue its long-term goal of offering population the keys for a better future and pave the way towards sustainable and inclusive development.
Using low-cost and effective technologies to address population needs in Eski-Oochu
In the scope of a project aiming at strengthening local and institutional capacities for disaster risk management in trans-boundary watersheds of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, non-structural and structural mitigation works were implemented through low-cost and effective technologies in the village of Eski-Oochu located in Batken region. Drought-resisting trees, which will then be used for handcrafting of wooden items such as traditional yurts were planted. As the project involved working with multiple stakeholders, and linking communities with government schemes, it fostered a deeper sense of ownership in the community while addressing both poverty alleviation and disaster risk reduction objectives.
Shifting towards sustainable development and good governance in rural areas
In order to contribute to Kyrgyzstan’s long-term goal of achieving socio-economic stability in rural areas, ACTED established in 2015 a rural development programme focusing on income generation and social infrastructure rehabilitation. Moreover, ACTED engaged in enhancing the access to justice for vulnerable populations in remote and disadvantaged areas of the country, through comprehensive support to civil society, and thus contribute towards upholding the rule of law. These programmes, along with the continuation of our work in disaster risk reduction, contribute to sustainable development and good governance in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan.