“Integrated Development in Osh Oblast, Kyrgyz Republic” Programme, funded by the Russian Federation and implemented by UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic in co-operation with national partners
Duration: June 2016 – December 2019
Project budget: 3,500 million USD
The Project is funded by the Government of the Russian Federation and is being implemented by UNDP Osh Area-Based Development Programme in accordance with the Framework agreement on partnership between UNDP and Russia.
The project will have an incentive effect and will serve as a focal point for linking planned activities with other programmes of UNDP and international development partners.
Given the specifics of the region, as well as the increased sensitivity of the local population to the possibility of potential conflicts, the Program will focus on creating economic opportunities for high-risk groups and communities, which will reduce the risks of conflicts and their vulnerability in the short and medium term. Efforts to diversify economic activities, improve access to water, employment and rehabilitation of the socio-economic infrastructure, and more sustainable use of resources will reduce dependence on controversial natural resources such as water and land.
The main objective of the project is to assist the Kyrgyz Government to establish conditions for prevention of violent conflicts and to secure sustainable human development in Osh Province through implementation of inter-linked comprehensive measures aimed at significant reduction of poverty, improving welfare of target communities at risk and establishing more favorable conditions for sustainable development of human capital in three target districts of Osh Oblast. The Programme will create various opportunities for the target population to reduce vulnerability on the short-term and long-term perspectives through various economic activities, improved access to water, environmental security, generation of employment and rehabilitation of socio-economic infrastructure.
Main outputs of the project:
1. Sustainable and resilient agriculture, tourism, trade and green technology promotion will facilitate job creation, poorest-groups’ socio-economic integration, and improved living standard in target districts.
2. Rehabilitating rural water supply systems (drinking water and irrigation) in target municipalities, including low-cost and environmentally sound technology implementation, has improved access to sustainable water supply for rural communities.
3. Rehabilitating socio-economic infrastructure has improved rural community welfare and resilience in target districts.
4. Employment has grown in a long-term perspective through improved vocational education in target districts.
5. Local communities are more resilient to local natural calamities and to climate change in target districts.
Key achievements for 2016:
· The pilot communities were selected and their development priorities identified based on a comprehensive socio-economic review, analysis of the specifics development gaps, comparative advantages and development opportunities. The selection of target communities, results of their capacity assessment and development priorities was widely consulted and endorsed by the national stakeholders, including regional and district state administrations and local communities.
· Series of local consultations have been delivered with the engagement of various stakeholders at all levels to ensure cross-sectorial approach to the interventions and clear buy-in.
· Massive awareness raising campaign was organized to inform local stakeholders on the Project outcomes and specific interventions. UNDP facilitated an active interaction of local communities and local self-government to create common understanding on the opportunities that exist to reduce vulnerability through various economic activities, improved access to water, environmental security, generation of employment and rehabilitation of social and economic infrastructure.
The interventions in 2017 will be focusing on the following key areas:
· Assisting 16 pilot municipalities in developing strategic and participatory local sustainable development plans;
· Assistance in organizing the business process in the Center for Support of Entrepreneurship, localizing Regional Investment Council as a model platform for dialogue with the local authority employers in the region;
· Fostering “Green Village” Initiatives in three pilot villages;
· Establishing pastures management system in three pilot municipalities (Kok-Bel of Nookat District, Tort-Kol of Uzgen District and Kyzyl- Zhar Kara-Kulja district) in close partnership with Pasture Users Association also aimed at building capacity of 2,000 employees of Pasture Committee, Local Self-Governance Service, Pasture Users Association in management, use and improvement of pastures, sustainable management of natural resources and adaptation to climate change.
· Finalizing the assessment the tourist potential in Osh province and select tourism-oriented businesses for support;
· Rehabilitation of rural infrastructure (potable and irrigation water systems) and capacity building of Water Users Associations (WUA) and Potable Water Users Associations (PWUA) on safe water, hygiene, water resource management and adaptation to climate change.
· Enhancing partnership with rural health committees to raise awareness and improve hygienic standards at the level of rural communities;
· Capacity building and institutional support to the sanitary and epidemiological stations at the district level to ensure the quality of water testing;
· Providing technical and methodological support in assessing community-based initiatives and preparation of project proposals;
· Establishing new programmes of demand-driven professional education with selected vocational education schools. Special attention will be given to the gender aspects of the labor market, complex activities directed to the improvement of the infrastructure of the targeted vocational schools in order to strengthen institutional and faculty potential, for the development and implementation of the new educational programmes and educational technologies;
· Conducting full-fledged assessment of risks of natural hazards in the pilot communities and development of disaster response plan;
· Establishing of mobile emergency hospital to better respond to the natural disasters.
For more information:
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic
UN House, 160 Chui Avenue
Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic, 720040
Tell.: (+996-312) – 611211
Fax: (+996-312) – 611217
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic
95B Lenin street
Osh, the Kyrgyz Republic, 723500
Tell.: (+996-3222) – 50760, 55209
Fax: (+996-3222) – 50760