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Kyrgyzstan

Introduction

Together with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan ranks 125th (2012) in the UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI), which monitors the annual social and economic development of the world’s countries. The proximity of China, Russia and Kazakhstan creates for Kyrgyzstan an opportunity to boost its exports (cotton, tobacco, leather). The country’s gold-mining sector, light industry and manufacturing of construction materials go through a boom time. What continues to pose a serious problem is Kyrgyzstan’s high domestic indebtedness, which results in a limited state budget and insufficient spending on social policy.

Poland has no diplomatic post in Kyrgyzstan, with the Embassy in Astana (Kazakhstan) also accredited in Kyrgyzstan.

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Actions in 2012

In 2012, Kyrgyzstan benefitted from a project aimed at improving water management in the Fergana Valley. Its goal was to provide local people with better access to drinking water. The initiative ran simultaneously in the Osh province (Kyrgyzstan) and in the Sogda region (Tajikistan). The Polish MFA allocated a total of over PLN 455,000 towards the project.

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Partner

Project

Grant's value (PLN)

1

East European Democratic Centre

Increasing the availability of drinking water in the rural areas of Ferghana Valley through technical and institutional support of local water users organization

455 316

Since 2012, Kyrgyzstan has been on the list of Polish Aid priority countries. So far, a total of 11 projects were implemented between 2007 and 2012 to support Kyrgyzstan’s development. The MFA allocated PLN 1,795,101.47 to these measures, with PLN 74,331.47 going towards three projects put in place by the Polish Embassy in Astana and PLN 1,720,771 spent on eight projects implemented by Polish local governments.

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Actions in 2010-2011

In 2010-2011, the East European Democratic Centre carried out projects designed to facilitate access to and improve the quality of drinking water; expand small water infrastructure and water treatment systems; enhance water resource management and ensure that water is used efficiently at the local level and by municipal service providers. It was thus possible to renovate the water grid and to clean wells in the rural areas of Kyrgyzstan’s Fergana Valley (the measures received PLN 196,000 in grants in 2011 and PLN 191,000 in 2010); the project was accompanied by educational initiatives (workshops for children, a trip to the waterworks, distributing information materials) to raise local people’s awareness of how the new infrastructure operates and to foster their sense of responsibility for the new investments.

Under the Small Grants System, in 2011 the Polish Embassy in Astana put in place two projects to foster democracy and develop civil society.

As part of humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan, in 2010 Poland allocated PLN 765,000 towards the United Nations Development Programme project “Support to quick impact socio-economic recovery initiatives of affected and vulnerable rural communities in Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces”.

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