Project information

Building Civil Society Networks in Kyrgyzstan

The project will contribute to improved respect and implementation of minority rights in Kyrgyzstan, both in law and in practice. It will improve the capacity of NGOs to monitor, report and carry out advocacy on minority rights issues in the country.

36 months

Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    Whilst the two revolutions in Kyrgyzstan (2005 and 2010) were seen as rooted in anger against corruption & governments' social & economic policies, in many areas it transformed into ethnic conflicts around the country - particularly in Osh in 2010. The government minimized crimes committed against Uzbeks & placed significant responsibility for the events on this community. Minority communities also face denial of their language rights & marginalization from the decision-making process.


    The project will work to identify the gaps in minority rights & improve the efforts of the government in implementing these rights. It will support civil society organisations in the country, where a civil society culture is only recently taking root. The initiative will address the two major issues affecting Kyrgyzstan, racial discrimination and inter-ethnic tensions and violence, by means of civil society dialogues.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the skills of Kyrgyz NGOs and their understanding of minority rights.


    » Training workshop for 24 staff of civil society organisations on minority rights, advocacy strategies, & monitoring.
    » Two network planning meetings with 12 participants from CSOs to put learning from the capacity building activities into practice.

    24 staff members have improved capacity and understanding on minority rights, advocacy strategy, monitoring and reporting.

    Aim 2

    Provide national and international decision-makers with up-to-date information on minority rights.


    » One hate crimes study to produce a map of patterns of hate speech and develop concrete policy recommendations for combating it.
    » 16 sub-grants will support CSOs to carry out national advocacy activities with local/national government stakeholders.
    » 6 missions (2 per year) to international fora (OSCE, United Nations) involving 3 CSO representatives.

    Kyrgyzstan government officials have access to high quality up-to-date information on the situation of minority rights implementation across the country.

    Aim 3

    Support Kyrgyzstan NGOs in reporting on the implementation of minority rights in the country.


    » Develop a resource pack drawing on good practices of both Kyrgyz CSOs, and CSOs from across the OSCE region.

    One resource pack produced which gives minority rights activists in Kyrgyzstan advocacy tools and examples of best practise.

  • Impact


    The project will assist civil society in developing greater cohesion in working on human rights (political, civil, economic, social and cultural), political pluralism and democratic political participation and representation. It will enhance the inclusiveness and pluralism of civil society by building the capacity of civil society organisations formed by groups whose interests are underrepresented.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £156,497

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      Amount Heading Description
      £112,457 Human resources UK and local staff
      £12,750 Training venue hire, participants' travel, subsistence, materials
      £9,810 Network planning meetings venue hire, participants' travel, subsistence, materials, resource pack
      £21,480 Advocacy national and international advocacy, hate crimes study report
  • Background




    Final beneficiaries are ethnic minority groups in Kyrgyzstan, which comprise nearly 30% of the state population of 5.5 million: Uzbeks, Slavs, Dungans, Uighurs (1%), as well as groups of Tatars, Kazakhs, Ukrainians, Germans, Tajiks, Koreans, Jews, and North Caucasians.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments & UN human rights bodies. MRG has over 40 years of experience in promoting and protecting minority rights across the world. MRG's GAP-Global Advocacy Programme has enabled us to work with activists from Kyrgyzstan, & judge their needs in terms of knowledge and skills for minority rights advocacy, & preferred learning formats, all of which will inform the new action.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Institute For Regional Studies

    The partner will contribute with its experience of participating in a capacity-building programme of minorities and indigenous peoples in the country.

    Center For Multicultural And Multilingual Education (CMME)

    CMME will provide much needed expertise on the local context in the South.

    Public Foundation "Center Of Legal And Civic Culture"

    CLCC will assist with its experience of working on conflict resolution and human rights regarding minorities in Kyrgyzstan.