UNDP Kyrgyzstan is a trusted and effective partner in national development efforts designed to achieve real improvements in people’s lives.
To strengthen the capacities of key actors in Kyrgyzstan and to build partnerships to achieve tangible results in the following areas:
- Accelerate pro-poor development, good governance and environmental sustainability objectives in close partnership with government, civil society, mass media, the UN system, the private sector and donors.
- Raise awareness of and capacity in cross-cutting themes such as conflict prevention, disaster risk reduction, gender equality and respect for human rights.
- Ensure that the UN system is perceived as a single effective team in Kyrgyzstan even while we (UNDP) respect and understand the diversity of the mandates that the members of the UN Country Team represent.
- Client- and results-focused orientation
- Commitment to prompt and principled problem solving
- Advocacy of new ideas
- Sharing knowledge
- Integrity and transparency
- Respect and tolerance
- Equality and solidarity
The UNDP country office launched its activities in the Kyrgyz Republic in 1993. Since that time, it has become a trusted partner in national development efforts to achieve real improvements in people's lives.
UNDP provides assistance to Kyrgyzstan in response to requests submitted by the country’s government. This arrangement is laid out in the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) between UNDP and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, which was signed on September 14, 1992.
SBAA lays the legal foundation for cooperation between UNDP and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The technical framework, however, is described in multi-year Country Cooperation Framework (CCF) agreements prepared jointly by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNDP and approved for funding by the UNDP Executive Board. From 1993 to 2005, the following CCF agreements were implemented:
- CCF I: 1993-1996
- CCF II: 1997-2000
- CCF III: 2001-2004
In 2012 UN system in Kyrgyzstan launched a new programme cycle. Based on constant consultations with the Government, civil society and other interested parties, the UN country team prepared a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012-2016 – a document that defines main priorities cooperation between UN and the Kyrgyz Republic.
Based on this document, UNDP developed a new Country Programme Document (2012-2016) in partnership with the government, consultation with civil society and UN system. It is well aligned with national priorities, such as maintaining interethnic harmony and public security, socio-economic development, reducing unemployment, public administration reform and environment protection. UNDP efforts will focus on capacity development support to institutions and communities, as well as by the use of analytical tools (NHDRs and MDG reports), following a human rights-, and gender equality-based approaches. Proposed CP will also incorporate youth issues as a cross-cutting component to enhance development outcomes for youth in different sectors.
Decision-makers among our partners
National ownership and equal partnerships are the foundation for UNDP operations on the ground. UNDP ensures that the design and implementation of all programmes and projects responds to national priorities and that they remain flexible to respond to emerging needs. All UNDP programmes and projects have national partners, government bodies that work in related sectors.
In line with global practice, UNDP provides assistance to Kyrgyzstan in the form of grant financing only. In addition to our “core” resources, we emphasize identification of external funding for the host country from various sources, including UN member states, UN trust funds, bilateral donors, international financial organizations and foundations. Specifically, UNDP strives to attract new or additional grant funding for Kyrgyzstan in areas where the national strategy and the UNDP mandate overlap.
The Senior Management Team of UNDP Kyrgyzstan includes Resident Representative Alexander Avanessov, Deputy Resident Representative Pradeep Sharma, Operations Manager Saltanat Dospaeva, Assistant Resident Representative Erkinbek Kasybekov and Senior Policy Adviser Leonid Komarover. The team is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the country office.
The Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP), the main framework for UNDP cooperation in the country, is signed by the Prime Minister.
Peace and stability towards sustainable development represents the cornerstone of the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012-2016. It was developed through a consultative process and encompasses main priorities identified by the leadership of Kyrgyzstan. The UNDAF translates these into a common operational framework for development activities upon which individual United Nations organizations will formulate their actions.
The following three pillars as priority national development challenges to be addressed by the UN Country Team:
- Peace and Cohesion, Effective Democratic Governance, and Human Rights
- Social Inclusion and Equity
- Inclusive and Sustainable Job-Rich Growth for Poverty Reduction
UNDP contributes to the work of the United Nations Country Team through joint projects and advocacy events dedicated to the promotion of MDGs and national ownership of development results. Thus starting from 2010, in the Democratic Governance focus area UNDP helps the Kyrgyz Parliament, the Ombudsman Institute (as part of the UN System in Kyrgyzstan), and civil society (Social Justice project) to create a modern democracy. UNDP assists the country’s leadership to demonstrate the progress toward the achievement of the MDGs, in general, and poverty reduction, in particular, along with the continued support to empower and develop capacities of the poor through various socio-economic projects, including expansion of employment opportunities. In the Environment and Disaster Risk Management portfolio UNDP has prioritized the development of small scale renewable energy projects and implementation of the Global Environment Facility’s projects. It also includes capacity development projects of the national partners to effectively respond to natural disasters and manage peace and development issues.
In 2009, UNDP Kyrgyzstan, in close collaboration with the Central Asian Governments, has generated momentum for transforming ideas into fully operational large scale assistance programmes to address the problems of toxic radioactive uranium tailings interventions that would be funded from several sources in 2010 and onwards. At a broader level, UNDP and the UN System work together with the donor community in the Kyrgyz Republic to improve aid effectiveness in the country through the harmonization and alignment of donor activities.
UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan also serves as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in the country.
Lern more about the UN system in Kyrgyzstan: www.un.org.kg
List of all UN agencies in Kyrgyzstan and links to their websites: http://www.undp.kg/en/resources/useful-links