The main objective of the Sustainable Villages Project in the Kyrgyz Republic is to alleviate poverty through continuous participation of communities in the project implementation processes, requiring small contributions by communities aimed to meet specific needs and improve socio-economic situation of women in communities.
The Project envisions an overarching, multi-year and multi-sector strategy provided in the 5-year Strategy Plan of Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) and it also complies with priority goals of ISFD to alleviate poverty through by developing agriculture and rural areas, human capacity (healthcare, education, water supply and sanitation), employment, empowerment of women, community-driven development and promoting microfinancing, based on the Islamic principles.
Project implementation period: 2017 – 2021.
Funding: the financing sources of Project are the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GoKR). The Project total budget is 11 million US Dollars, of which the IsDB loan – US $ 6 mln; ISFD loan – US $ 3 mln. Co-financing of GoKR – US $ 2 mln.
The project covers 3 cities of district subordination and 34 villages of Kemin, Jayil and Panfilov Rayons of Chuy Oblast.
The Chuy Oblast was selected by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic as a project area for the implementation of SVP based on the following aspects:
- High density of population and prevailing trends of social development in Chuy Oblast;
- Internal migration creating pressure on the existing socio-economic infrastructure of the Oblast;
- Concentration of international donors’ activity in southern region, and thus, lack of support in the northern areas, especially the remote rayons of Chuy Oblast;
- Persistent poverty and unfavorable socio-economic conditions in the Oblast;
- Proximity of project activity to the center may also be success factor of the SVP.
Project activities by components:
1) Block financing Component.
In the period between 2018 and 2020 a lot of significant activities has been done within the Project, 14 facilities were built and repaired: 6 first-aid-points (FAPs) and 2 sports halls were built, family doctors’ group (FDG), cultural center, 2 schools, kindergarten and intake on Kara-Balta river were repaired.
14 facilities of healthcare, education were completed and commissioned in 2020 with a special attention given to the agricultural development covering 1 city and 11 villages with total number of 80 689 people. Therefore, in Kemin Raion, a kindergarten for 100 places, primary school for 100 place, roadside complex “Boroldoi” and treatment facility for existing sewerage system were built within the last year.
In Panfilov Rayon, 2 channels were repaired, 3 buildings for kindergartens for 50 places, 1 kindergarten for 100 places and 1 building for family doctor’s group (FDG) were built.
Also, in Jayil Rayon, 2 kindergartens for 50 and 100 places were built, the repair of kindergarten and works on additional building for resuscitation department, entrance group premises and overhead road to the reception office of Oblast Territorial Hospital of Jayil Rayon were completed. As a result, more than 40 000 village residents were provided with access to the improved social infrastructure and irrigation system.
2) Capacity Building Component.
Under the Capacity Building component, with the help of experienced consultants, a number of modular professional training programs at the level of rayon were provided for the representatives of rayon state administrations, specialists of Ayil Okmotu, deputies of Ayil Kenesh and representatives of the community. These trainings were aimed to build capacity within the community in relation to municipal services, agri-food safety and water management. A number of independent consultants were contracted to organize group-lessons to be provided for three months. The topics of trainings included: “Measures of improvement of the state of agro agro-food market”; “Organization of services on irrigation water supply”; “Sustainable service provision at the level of Local Self-government”.
3) Monitoring and evaluation component.
Besides, in all AOs, where facilities were built, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Groups (JM&EG) were established under the Project. The members of these groups included deputies of Ayil Kenesh, activists – village residents and NGO representatives. These groups were established not only to inform local population about the facilities under construction i.e., the type of facility, who builds it, budget allocated for its construction, AO contribution, period of construction, name of the contractor etc., but also to ensure transparency of project implementation and monitoring of quality of construction and its timelines. These groups were provided with on-site trainings and visits to subprojects, where members of Joint M&E Groups received skills of joint monitoring and evaluation, and completing the statement of performed construction at the stage of 50 % and 100 % of its completion.