New Project in Kyrgyz Parliament Commences

CESS has acquired funding to start a new project in Kyrgyzstan to create effective and accountable policy-making and oversight capabilities of the Kyrgyz Parliament by training committee staffers and coaching members of parliament. We will be collaborating with the OSCE Academy, an independent non-profit organization, in Bishkek. This project will run from November 2016-October 2017. 

The objectives of this project are to support capacity building of parliamentary staffers of a few selected committees; to provide effective and high-quality support to Members of Parliament (MP’s); to raise the knowledge and awareness of MP’s on exercising effective policy-making and oversight functions; and to foster the improvement of working processes within the selected committees. In terms of content CESS will be working with the committees that focus on issues related to defence, security and foreign policy matters.

We will be conducting a baseline assessment, three four-day training courses, as well as a coaching trajectory. The seminars are intended for the MP’s and committee staffers of the international affairs, defence and security committee, the rule of law and fight against crime committee, and the constitutional legislation, state structure, judicial and legal issues and regulations committee. The baseline assessment will be instrumental in regards to setting the agenda for training courses and coaching.

In three training courses consisting of four days each, CESS will utilize a two-fold approach. First, it aims to increase the knowledge of a fixed group of committee staffers and political assistants on issues related to good and effective governance in the realm of security, defence and foreign policy. Second, during the same training courses CESS will train the participants in the technical dimension of their work. A former MP from an EU country will engage in coaching meetings for MP’s from the targeted committees to better enable them to be effective in their political activities.

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