The Rule of Law Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic - 2nd Phase (ROLPRO 2)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements regional projects covering several countries in Central Asia, most of which are administered from Kyrgyzstan. The Country Office of GIZ has been based in the capital, Bishkek, since 1992. It steers all GIZ activities in Kyrgyzstan and bears responsibility for the majority of the regional projects of GIZ in Central Asia. 

At the present time, as many as 216 employees work in Kyrgyzstan in various projects of GIZ, among which are 46 foreign specialists.  Integrated experts (CIM) operate in partner organizations, mainly at the level of ministries and head organizations. Starting from the end of 2013, development workers have been providing consultations for local and regional partner organizations.

Priority directions and activities – GIZ in Kyrgyzstan works in line with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of Kyrgyzstan on the priority directions “Sustainable Economic Development” and “Health,” but, upon the request of the Kyrgyz parties, GIZ’s work is broader in scope.  To reduce the poverty level, the aims of the national development strategy are primarily considered to be economic stabilization, acceleration of structural reforms and decrease of debt obligations. In the health sector, cooperation aims at improving the quality and accessibility of medical services for the mothers and newborns with high morbidity risk.  We also strengthen the country’s capacity to deal with drug prevention in a sustainable manner. 

GIZ  make contributions by facilitating the development of the private sector, reducing trade barriers in regional and international trade, and consulting in the field of mineral resources.  We improve the level of school education, support reform of vocational education and train managers.  GIZ activities cover legal and judicial reforms, transboundary dialogue on water resources management, sustainable use of natural resources, and improvement of livelihoods through adaptation to climate change. GIZ support the youth in the underdeveloped and conflict prone regions in order to help them to discover opportunities. GIZ also support development-oriented civil society organizations through the Civil Society Support Fund. In addition, we support the interests of the German minority. In line with the activities mentioned we contribute to the development of green economy.  

The Danish Institute for Human Rights is Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution. DIHR promotes and protects human rights and equality in Denmark and internationally and wants to set standards and create change. The Institute works internationally with states, independent organizations and the corporate sector, enabling them to strengthen human rights. DIHR spurs change on the ground through local implementation of best practice on human rights and develops best practices and tools to be internationally agenda setting through DIHR's work within the international human rights systems. DIHR assists in building well-functioning legal systems abroad and to ensure the influence of civil society. The Institute aids private companies in assessing the impact of their work on human rights and educates police officers, school teachers, ombudsmen, and judges on human rights.

DIHR's international strategy 2014-2017 focuses on making states capable of protecting and promoting human rights. At the same time, the Institute is also focusing on strengthening the international human rights system, as it is an essential tool for states’ efforts to protect and promote human rights. Civil society have become strategic partners in developing new knowledge on human rights implementation and ensuring dialogue between the state and the individual.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) is an independent human rights research and training institution and acts as a human rights think-tank. The institute was founded in 1992 under the umbrella of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and is focused on human rights research on the national, European and the international level. It aims at contributing to a just global society, in which every person can enjoy civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Founded on the concepts of freedom and equality, the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependency of rights, of empowerment of right holders and accountability of duty bearers build the cornerstones for a human rights based approach to research and project implementation.

In light of the inseparable relation between standards and their implementation, it is the BIM’s objective to offer a link between academic research and practitioners. Drawing on inputs and experiences of different groups of rightsholders as well as duty bearers we aim at developing action steps to enhance human wellbeing. Therefore, our work is devoted to both basic research (e.g. on methodological questions) and applied research (in thematic areas ranging from torture prevention in custody to setting-up of anti-discrimination structures). In addition, the BIM strives to reach out and provide its human rights expertise through academic publications and teaching, training and education, the latter e.g. via “polis – the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools”.

In its self-understanding as an impact- and change-oriented research institution, the BIM considers itself as part of civil society and acts as a critical observer towards human rights duty-bearers, governments and the private sector alike, while at the same time offering its expertise e.g. through capacity building and consultancies to overcome human rights challenges.

The expansive dynamic within the international human rights community has a significant impact on our work. As the leading and largest Austrian research institution devoted to human rights, the BIM seeks to analyse and influence national, European and international developments as an active and constructive agent for change to further protect and promote “all human rights for all”.

Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI) is the mandated body of the French Ministry of Justice for multilateral cooperation in legal and judicial technical cooperation sector. JCI brings together all institutions involved in the justice system - the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Cassation, the State Council, the ENM (National School of Magistrates), the ENAP (National School of Administration), the CNB (National Bar Association), the CSN ( National Council of the notary publics ), the CNHJ (National Chamber of Bailiffs) and their schools to exercise and develop the activities of counseling, training and technical cooperation to States. Through its actions over more than 20 countries, JCI contributes to the promotion of Human Rights, Rule of Law and good governance and operates on a public-benefit basis.

JCI prepares, coordinates and manages, as leader or as a junior of its French and European partners, legal cooperation projects, including in countries recovering from a crisis wherein JCI has a specific expertise. With 30 long-term staff members working in headquarters in France and in the partner countries, JCI operates through multilateral cooperation programs financed by the European Union and other international and national donors such as UNPD, UNICEF and the French Ministry of foreign Affairs and International development.

JCI provides tailored services with a high quality of expertise in the following field of intervention:

- Support to Justice reform: capacity building for Ministries of Justice and support to the professionalization of the legal and judicial sector; reforming the training system for judicial staff; Court organisation and administration ; Administrative – criminal – civil and commercial justice; Prison Administration and penitentiary Law; Juvenile justice;

- Rule of Law: Strengthening of the legal system and harmonisation of international standards; reforming the training system for legal professionals; prevention of and fight against corruption; Fight against organised crime; capacity building of legal professionals;

- Access to fundamental rights: legal protection of the most vulnerable groups; capacity building for lawyers to exercise defence rights; fight against discrimination; improving access to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights; alternative dispute resolution.

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is the only intergovernmental organization exclusively devoted to advancing the rule of law.

Its mission is to enable governments and empower people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity.

IDLO collaborates with governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society groups to provide technical legal assistance, support capacity development, generate knowledge and support to advocate for policy change. Its programs, research and policy advocacy cover the spectrum of rule of law from peace and institution building to social development and economic recovery.

The Assembly of Parties is IDLO's highest decision-making body. It is composed of Representatives of all Member Parties, which are signatories to the Establishment Agreement of IDLO. IDLO currently has 30 Member Parties. IDLO has its headquarters in Rome, a Branch Office in The Hague, liaison offices for the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and Country Offices in Afghanistan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Somalia, South Sudan and Tajikistan. Since its establishment in 1983, IDLO has worked with over 20,000 legal professionals around the world.

IDLO implements own activities in Kyrgyz Republic since 2005. Main partners of IDLO are the Supreme Court of KR, the Council of Judges, the Judicial Training Center, the Judicial Department and the Department on Court Reform and Legality of the President Administration of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Since 2005 up to 2011 IDLO implemented the project on strengthening capacity of judicial system in Kyrgyz Republic in partnership with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Since 2011 up to present IDLO implements USAID-IDLO Kyrgyzstan Judicial Strengthening Program” in partnership with USAID.

Since 2014 up to 2016 IDLO implements the project “Strengthening of the rule of law and access to justice for peacebuilding” under financial support of UN Peacebuilding Foundation through creating a platform for discussion of topical issues in the area of human rights, national reconciliation, development of recommendations on strengthening of the rule of law. For more detailed information about a dialogue platform “Danaker", please visit:

For more detailed information about activities of IDLO, please visit our website: 


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