Foreign Operations Assistance: Kyrgyz Republic

Fact Sheet
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
June 1, 2014

   

United States Department of State
Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia
Foreign Operations Assistance Fact Sheet, June 2014*

The U.S. Government’s assistance objectives in the Kyrgyz Republic are to help the country consolidate its democratic gains, improve access to justice, and address the economic challenges facing the country through increased economic growth. The United States also continues to support law enforcement reform and address challenges in health and education.

Assistance Activities by U.S. Goals

Strengthen the Democratic Process

Date: 2014 Description: FY 2013 Foreign Operations Assistance by Objective*: Kyrgyz Republic -- Peace and Security = 16%; Governing Justly and Democratically = 30% Investing in People = 17%; Economic Growth = 34%; Humanitarian Assistance = 3% - State Dept Image• U.S. assistance aims to improve the judiciary’s personnel system and internal management in order to improve fairness and reduce corruption. The United States also trains and supports government and nongovernmental organizations to promote due process and fair treatment, and increase civic advocacy on human rights at the national and local levels.

• U.S. assistance to the Kyrgyz Parliament seeks to strengthen its legislative processes, committees, government oversight, parliamentary management and leadership, information dissemination, staff management, and legislative drafting.

• The U.S. supports efforts to institutionalize free and fair elections in the Kyrgyz Republic, including support for improved election administration and civil society engagement.

• U.S.-funded legal experts are building the capacity of defense attorneys, promoting a stronger role for them in the court system by advocating for reform.

BY ACCOUNT

FY 2013 ACTUAL

FY 2014 ESTIMATE

FY 2015 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

49,137

46,537

41,700

Economic Support Fund

35,731

32,937

33,100

Foreign Military Financing

655

1,050

0

Global Health Programs - USAID

4,282

4,300

3,750

International Military Education and Training

906

1,000

800

International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement

5,536

6,000

2,400

Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs

2,027

1,250

1,650

• The U.S. Embassy provides small grants to local NGOs and independent media, allowing recipients to advocate and engage with the government on key issues, monitor the government’s performance, and foster ethnic reconciliation. 

Foster Economic Recovery and Improve Livelihoods

• U.S. technical assistance to the Ministry of Education (MOE) is helping it to manage the country’s higher education system, strengthen teaching methodologies in key subjects related to economic growth, and build relationships between the private sector and the MOE. In addition, U.S. assistance to elementary schools is strengthening teaching methodologies in reading for grades one through four and making reading materials more available.

• The United States is funding research to increase productivity and diversify the Kyrgyz Republic’s power-generation industry, as well as reforming management of the country’s electrical system.

• U.S. agriculture experts are helping the government to implement agricultural development programs to reduce poverty and bolster broad-based economic growth.

Strengthen Governance and Confidence in Key Government Institutions

• U.S. health assistance helps the government to improve its systems for diagnosing and treating tuberculosis (TB); strengthen infection control systems within health facilities; and expand prevention programs and outreach to vulnerable groups. The United States is also promoting equitable access to quality TB diagnosis, treatment, and care; helping the government develop national policies and guidelines that are in line with the World Health Organization’s protocols; improving TB laboratory services and the management of pediatric drug-resistant TB; piloting outpatient TB treatment, and strengthening the capacity of civil society, communities and NGOs to engage in TB control activities.

BY OBJECTIVE

FY 2013 ACTUAL

FY 2014
653a

FY 2015 REQUEST

TOTAL (in thousand $)

49,137

46,537

41,700

Peace and Security

8,071

8,450

4,100

Governing Justly and Democratically

14,566

14,864

15,900

Investing in People

8,418

8,031

7,250

Economic Growth

16,882

15,192

14,450

Humanitarian Assistance

1,200

0

0

• The United States is helping the government and civil society organizations to raise public awareness of the risks of illegal migration and the dangers of trafficking in persons (TIP), and develop return, rehabilitation, and reintegration assistance services for TIP victims.

Improve the capacity of and restore confidence in security forces

• The United States provides equipment and training to improve the operational and tactical capabilities of Kyrgyz security services to deter transnational threats, including terrorist threats. U.S. customs experts are helping to improve the country’s strategic trade control system and institutionalize enforcement training into the Kyrgyz Customs academy.

• U.S. police advisors are assisting the Kyrgyz police to enhance their human resources management, conduct internal investigations, strengthen policies and procedures, and establish human-rights-compliant police practices. U.S. assistance also is creating civilian oversight mechanisms that promote anti-corruption for police and other criminal justice actors, including prosecutors.

• U.S. funded legal experts are building the capacity of investigators and prosecutors to investigate drug trafficking networks.

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*This fact sheet does not reflect Peace Corps funding or centrally managed or regional Foreign Operations funding that is not specifically budgeted for the Kyrgyz Republic.