Forum to address developing local government capacity, enhancing service delivery in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On September 29, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will organize a forum to discuss capacity development and enhancement of service delivery for local government bodies in Kyrgyzstan. Over 120 representatives of municipalities, local councils and civil society organizations from Jalal-Abad, Issyk-Kul, Osh, and Naryn provinces, national government, and international organizations will come together to share best practices and lessons learned, the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan said.

The event will include presentations on innovative tools and strategies to improve local service delivery and ensure sustainability. Municipalities from Jalal-Abad and Issyk-Kul provinces will share their experiences and best practices in improving garbage collection services, establishing public-private partnerships to provide State subsidized arts and culture programming, and privatizing agricultural services.

The forum is organized by USAID’s Community and Municipal Governance Initiative to promote dialogue between key regional, national and international stakeholders, foster peer-to-peer learning and offer an exchange platform among the municipalities. Keynote speakers at the event are Mr. Kuvanychbek Shadybekov, the Head of the Prime-Minister’s Office Public Administration and Human Resources Department; Ms. Kimberly A. Rosen, the USAID Mission Director for the Kyrgyz Republic; and Mr. Murat Baidyldaev, Deputy Director of the State Agency of Local Self-Governance and Inter-Ethnic Relations.

USAID’s Community and Municipal Governance Initiative is a five-year project that works to improve performance of local governments, enhance the quality of their services, increase citizens’ trust, and promote peer-to-peer learning among municipalities across the Kyrgyz Republic.

Sergey Kwan

TCA