Launch of 2.0 interactive web-map displaying legal service providers in the Kyrgyz Republic
Access to Kyrgyzstan’s Rule of Law institutions is curtailed by a plethora of factors ranging from low density of legal services in peripheries, opportunity costs of justice institutions, to widespread practices of corruption. To address this problem, ACTED has launched a country-wide interactive web map of legal service providers in the Kyrgyz Republic. This unique tool is the result of a vast data collection process, conducted from June to December 2015 in 500 rural districts in all rayons of the Kyrgyz Republic as well as Bishkek and Osh cities. The map allows lawyers, law firms, civil society and many legal service providers to register online and be easily found by the general public. Everybody interested can add and edit legal service providers, leading to a uniquely collaborative experience across the country and ensuring that the map remains up-to-date. The web-map was handed over to the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic and can be accessed via http://kartauslug.minjust.gov.kg/.
Promoting inclusive growth through community driven water management
While Kyrgyzstan is known as the “water tower” of Central Asia (alongside with Tajikistan), only 70-76% of water needs are covered in rural areas. Water supply and sanitation services are unequally distributed and the decrepit system of irrigation canals and drinking water has long-term negative consequences on health, development and peace, as access to water has been and remains one of the main drivers of conflict among different ethnic groups at local level and between Central Asian countries at regional level. In response to this situation, ACTED is launching a new project all over Ala Buka district throughout which it is rehabilitating irrigation and drinking water infrastructures and irrigation canals, and also installing drinking water systems, boreholes and new irrigations pipes.
Prevention of conflict and disasters for vulnerable regions of the Kyrgyz Republic
To help achieve sustainable development ACTED focused on reducing the risk of natural disasters along the Southern border of Kyrgyzstan and by way of a community-led process helped improve the management of natural resources in Kyrgyzstan’s densely populated nut tree forests. In 2014, ACTED also encouraged women to take on a more active role in peacebuilding processes and build up a large network of Women’s organisations that will support the continuous process of advocacy for peace and reconciliation within Kyrgyzstan.
Promoting peace and the involvement of women in conflict resolution matters
In line with our ongoing involvements in conflict mitigation, ACTED launched a programme in early 2014 striving to support in-country capacities to prevent conflict and contribute towards durable peace, with emphasis on empowering women in the process. Within its framework, ACTED helped create a network of 71 women’s organisations across Kyrgyzstan. With the help of this network, ACTED aims at facilitating the implementation of Kyrgyzstan’s National Action Plan on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), recognizing the inordinate impact of war on women and the role of women in conflict prevention and peace building.
Community-led disaster risk reduction measures in the Southern regions of Kyrgyzstann
Assessments have shown that villages across the Ferghana Valley face increasingly high risks of experiencing natural disasters. ACTED, therefore, continued its efforts in preventing floods, mudflows and landslides by focusing on the integrated management of watershed on both sides of the Tajik-Kyrgyz border. A broad information and training campaign on integrated watershed management was launched with the local community to prevent the mishandling of the Aksuu watershed in order to facilitate a sustainable and low-risk environment.
Striving for sustainable development by way of better management of natural resources
During the course of the latter half of 2014, ACTED also engaged in activities related to the management of walnut tree forests for the purposes of promoting sustainable development in the Arstanbap region. Due to the prevalence of nut production in the targeted areas, the advancements in resource management along with improved value chains are poised to positively influence the sustenance of the target communities in a sustainable manner.
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.