Improving Civil Society Awareness and Engagement in the EITI Process in Kyrgyz Republic

In 2012 Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) began implementing a 9-month project entitled “Improving Civil Society Awareness and Engagement in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) Process in the Kyrgyz Republic” with the major goal of assisting local civil society to strengthen its engagement in EITI process. EFCA has already provided capacity building workshop for 35 representatives for 31 CSOs from all 7 provinces in the country, which gave local CSOs greater knowledge and skills enabling them to engage in the EITI process, as well as act as local resources to transfer the benefits of EITI to their communities. EFCA has also supported 7 small projects designed to increase awareness and enable engagement of civil society in the EITI process at local level in Kyrgyzstan. To further support sustainable development of the extractive industry and increased engagement in EITI, EFCA will support country stakeholders with preparing comprehensive EITI communication strategy, along with trainings on EITI processes and engagement for rural citizens, NGOs, and government officials in all 7 provinces.

NGOs should not play the role of bulldozer and we have to be very careful cause we are like matches can easily and accidently make a fire which is difficult to manage in the social sector.

Rysbai Sarybaev, a CSO representative from Kochkor rayon
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