The Soros Foundation–Kyrgyzstan has emerged as a leader in promoting good governance and civic participation in public affairs. Our main efforts have focused on issues of interethnic consent, judicial and legal reform, improvement of state services, and transparency in the major sectors of Kyrgyzstan’s economy.
The foundation has contributed to strengthening civil society organizations and increasing the transparency of public administration and has helped increase the ability of lawyers to work together with citizens to ensure their access to justice. Our reform efforts in the education sector have included advocating for improved standards in schools and higher education and promoting the introduction of inclusive education in Kyrgyzstan.
Vulnerable populations, including women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and LGBT communities, have also been a focus for our programs and grantmaking. We have supported the establishment of palliative care programs and facilities in Kyrgyzstan and worked to protect the rights of people with mental disabilities.
To increase public access to information, the foundation has helped to develop the Kyrgyz Wikipedia and has supported groups seeking to improve regional media, particularly in the areas of content quality and civil society monitoring of the information and communications technology sector. Our work with Kyrgyzstan’s youth population aims to increase young people’s participation in addressing and making decisions about issues that impact them.