Statement of UNDP Country Office in the Kyrgyz Republic

27 May 2013

UNDP stands ready to cooperate with NGOs, maintaining transparent financial accounting and reporting, and operating in compliance with the rules and procedures of the UNDP and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In connection with the recent media reports on the statement of some non-governmental organizations in the Kyrgyz Republic on their intention to cease implementation of the grant provided by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to the Kyrgyz Republic, the United Nations Development Program informs of the following.

UNDP is the Principal Recipient of grants from the Global Fund for the implementation of priority projects in Kyrgyzstan, based on the August 2010 decision of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM, comprising representatives of government agencies and non-governmental organizations of the Kyrgyz Republic) to transfer the implementation responsibilities for the current and future grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to UNDP.  This decision was supported by the Global Fund.

That decision was made due to the negative results of the independent audit within the implementation control framework of the Global Fund grants having been implemented in Kyrgyzstan during 2009-2010. The audit identified a number of serious violations that are now under investigation by the relevant authorities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Unfortunately, the media reports suggest that information in the statement signed by individual NGOs is not accurate, unconstructive and is not evidence-based.

UNDP considers such information distributed by the limited number of non-governmental organizations as an attempt to compromise the work being done and rejects all unsupported allegations.

Attempts to compromise UNDP’s work by a small group of NGOs are regretful and unproductive.

The work within the framework of the Global Fund grants for the period from August 2010 is being done in compliance with international accounting standards and transparent UNDP procedures for managing and monitoring all processes related to project implementation. The results of the work have been repeatedly subjected to external audit. The Global Fund’s positive assessment of UNDP’s work is attested by its A2 rating recently awarded to the programme.

All national partners and the public at large are regularly informed of the results of programme’s work.

The work of the Global Fund and UNDP was also positively assessed by the direct beneficiaries – people living with HIV (PLH) – during the Forum on 16 May 2013 in the city of Osh.

The media statement of refusal to work under the grant was initiated by seven NGOs. No statements from other NGOs have been received by UNDP.

At the same time, UNDP continues its works with more than 100 organizations, including 46 non-governmental organizations, within the framework of the grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

UNDP works in cooperation with government agencies, civil society and non-governmental organizations partnering with us both around the world and in Kyrgyzstan.

UNDP stands ready to cooperate with non-governmental organizations that maintain transparent financial accounting and reporting, and agree to work in compliance with the rules and procedures of UNDP and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The project work is continuing smoothly in accordance with the plans agreed upon with the national partners to regularly provide assistance to target beneficiaries.

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Contact Information

Jyldyz Kuvatova
Programme Development Officer
+996-312-611211 ext. 125
jyldyz.kuvatova@undp.org