To effectively make strategic adjustments in supporting a democratic, well-governed, and prosperous Kyrgyz Republic, and to better reflect youth priorities in the design of upcoming activities, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic requires a thorough analysis of the status and landscape of youth and youth initiatives in Kyrgyz Republic, the National Youth Policy, and youth development plans across the Kyrgyz Republic. Understanding the context of youth in the Kyrgyz Republic will directly benefit the refinement of the current CDCS, with emphasis in the areas of human trafficking and human rights, civic participation and civil society strengthening, local governance, tuberculosis (TB), HIV, and other health services, education, and enterprise development.
USAID/Kyrgyz Republic has identified three Development Objectives (DOs) necessary to achieve the goal of a democratic, well-governed, and prosperous Kyrgyz Republic. These three objectives are mutually reinforcing; each is required to achieve the CDCS goal. As all citizens are better able to interact with government in an inclusive and accountable democracy (DO1), the legitimacy and effectiveness of the country’s nascent political and civil society institutions will grow. As the ability of governing institutions to better deliver services expands to include all segments of society (DO2: Improved service delivery and policies for all citizens), the environment and capacity for economic growth will improve. Similarly, with a stronger economy and empowered private sector (DO3: Accelerated growth of diversified and equitable economy), the Kyrgyz Republic’s ability to effectively mobilize revenues will increase and better enable service delivery.
About the Assessment
In September 2018, USAID/Kyrgyz Republic commissioned YouthPower Learning to conduct a cross-sectoral youth assessment. Using a Positive Youth Development (PYD) lens, the assessment seeks to better understand the status and aspirations of Kyrgyz youth ages 14-28 in their journey from adolescence to adulthood – a transition that includes starting a productive working life, developing healthy lifestyles, and exercising citizenship. PYD is both a philosophy and an approach to youth development that “engages youth along with their families, communities, and/or governments so that youth are empowered to reach their full potential. PYD approaches build skills, assets, and competencies; foster healthy relationships; strengthen the environment; and transform systems.”
The assessment identifies opportunities to optimally support youth and guide USAID/Kyrgyz Republic toward a more strategic process of engagement with youth.
The following topics guided the document review for this phase of the assessment.
• Cross-Cutting – Opportunities, preferences, and barriers for youth across USAID’s programmatic areas as well as opportunities for coordination with youth-led or youth-supporting organizations
• Counter Trafficking in Persons – Needs before, during and after migration of young males and females.
• Human Rights – Support services and needs of young people who experience violence
• Citizen Participation and Civil Society Strengthening – Factors that prevent or facilitate greater youth involvement in politics and in civil society, as well as how to best engage young people in civil society
• Local Governance – Barriers and opportunities for youth engagement with local government
• Tuberculosis, HIV, and Health – Obstacles and needs for youth accessing TB, HIV, and other health services
• Education – Perceptions and needs for education quality
• Enterprise Development (agricultural and non-agricultural) – Understanding youth unemployment by subgroups, models and challenges for supporting young people entry to business, and key sectors that offer opportunity.