Switzerland helps to improve conditions for preschool children in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Two rural municipalities in Chui oblast of Kyrgyzstan properly equipped kindergartens thanks to joint financing with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Embassy of Switzerland in Kyrgyzstan said on November 9.

This was the result of cooperation with the project ”Voice of citizens and accountability of local self-governments” financed by the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by Development Policy Institute.

The project aims at more transparent and effective management of local finances by local self-governments through increased accountability and citizens’ participation in decision-making processes.

Following a decision-making process actively involving citizens and ensuring transparent management of local finances, the municipalities of Onbir-Jylga Ayil Aimak in Chui rayon and Boroldoi Ayil Aimak in Kemin rayon, acquired needed equipment (furniture for children, toys, books, and kitchen equipment) for two kindergartens. Both projects were selected by citizens and successfully passed a competitive selection process in the frame of the small grant program of the project.

The project provided 1 million soms to both municipalities which added their own resources amounted to 100’000 soms in Boroldoi and 150’000 soms in Onbir-Jylga.

15 small projects were supported within the small grant program of the “Voice of citizens and accountability of local self-governments” project in 2017 for a total of almost 15 million soms. The small projects financed at municipal levels are related to improved drinking water supply, street lighting, public transportation, recreation services and education.

The Government of Switzerland provides assistance for the development of the Kyrgyz Republic. The overall objective of its cooperation program is to promote peace and social cohesion as well as responsive and inclusive institutions and a sustainable development to improve the well-being of the population. Over the last 25 years Switzerland has granted more than CHF 360 million to Kyrgyzstan to support the transition process.

Sergey Kwan

TCA