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As part of its work on Democracy and Governance and following some months of research, TSPC has produced a review of certain transparency and openness issues in the national government of the Kyrgyz Republic. This TSPC Policy Note, entitled “The Jogorku Kenesh and Citizens’ Access: Parliament’s Website and Related Issues”, reviews the issue of the problems citizens have in getting access to the parliament building and its proceedings, and it examines the gaps and shortfalls in the substitute for physical access – the JK website. The report makes a number of recommendations that would improve communication between lawmakers and citizens and lead to more effective government.

To read the Policy Note, click here. (the article on page 14)

 

  CSOs Evolving in Kyrgyzstan, article by Rodger Dillon

There is the frequent debate in the Kyrgyz Republic about the power of civil society organizations (CSOs). From the foundations that may fund them, to local activists themselves, the question is often asked: How influential are CSOs and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) and their representatives in this country?

Recently this debate – particularly focused on the political programs of civil society organizations – was renewed following a visit to the country by a representative of the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-dem.net), a research effort led by 15 social scientists on three continents measuring degrees and types of democracy on a global scale. 

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