Nurjehan Mawani, Head of Aga Khan Development Network Representation for Kyrgyz Republic tells about AKDN's achievements and objectives in interview to NA AKIpress
Bishkek (AKIpress) - BISHKEK (AKIpress) - Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Head of Aga Khan Development Network Representation for the Kyrgyz Republic, in the interview to the NA AKIpress has told about achievements and objectives of AKDN. The full text follows below.
Q:There is an impression, that the policy of Aga Khan Foundation is to highlight the activity as less as possible, to be less demonstrated in public.
A:I can not agree with this. If you go to our website, you will find that it is very comprehensive and provides information about all activities of Aga Khan Development Network. We probably don’t talk too much about our achievements. That is because we believe that the results should speak for themselves and that the beneficiaries of our development programs become the masters of the development process. For us, actions speak louder than words. Thus, we want to make sure that the people, for whom we implement our projects, not only are informed, but also directly participate in them.
Q:It is considered, that primary activity of Aga Khan Foundation is concentrated in educational sphere, construction of the University of Central Asia and new schools. In what other areas and projects the Aga Khan Foundation participates? What are the priorities?
A: On my arrival in Kyrgyzstan, I found that we are mostly known by the public for the work of Aga Khan Foundation. Actually, Aga Khan Foundation is part of the Aga Khan Development Network which I have the honoure to represent in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Aga Khan Development Network is active in more than in 30 countries of the world. Aga Khan Foundation as one of nine agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network and has been active in Kyrgyzstan in social development, especially in the spheres of rural development, health and education.
If I were to speak about general principles, our activity is directed on institutional support and development of human resources. It includes community mobilization and building capacity. The success of each project and sustainability will be ensured where there is direct involvement of community which is more informed about its needs and expectations.
As a whole, our work is based on such principles as institutional development on a long-term and steady basis. We focus attention on the development of the most remote regions which are limited by resources and where often the poorest part of the population lives. Earlier this month, I visited the Aga Khan School in Osh and some of the projects of Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP) in Alai district. I had an opportunity to see with own eyes the realization of our projects on the grassroots, and to be convinced of their necessity for this region. These include the construction and rehabilitation primary schools, kindergartens, health facilities, and construction of irrigation channels. I witnessed the deep interest and desire of the local communities to build their own future and to become full partners in this process.
In Alai and Chon-Alai, there is also the microfinance program of Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance. This program is aimed at improving incomes and the quality of life of the local population and becoming self-reliant. The program has now been expanded to Naryn oblast.
In the framework of education projects, the Aga Khan School in Osh was established in 2002 and this year the school has received the license of the Ministry of Education for using English language medium for teaching of subjects. In the future, graduates of this school can enter any international educational establishment, and prepare themselves to participate in the global economy. Intensive training programs are conducted for teachers including for state school teachers in order to strengthen capacity.
In the sphere of culture, the Aga Khan Music Initiative for Central Asia (AKMICA) focuses on the preservation and promotion of traditional musical heritage. This is very important especially for societies in transition. I have observed that traditional Kyrgyz music is passed from generation to generation.
Q: If to compare your organization to Soros Foundation, Eurasia Foundation and other institutes of development is there any basic difference exist in approaches to realization of the projects?
A: I am not going to make any comparisons. For me, it is easier to talk about our approach. We tend to have a focused and an integrated approach working in certain sectors in certain regions. This is for maximum effectiveness in improving the quality of life of local communities. Once we know that a certain approach works and we have results, then we consider expanding the activity to other regions. For example, in Kyrgyzstan, we are expanding the micro-credit program and MSDSP currently in Osh oblast to Naryn oblast.
Q: Why have you begun the activity in Alai?
A: In Kyrgyzstan, we are mainly focused on mountain communities. Before deciding where to focus specifically, an in-depth evaluation is carried out. This includes defining the needs, and the resources that are currently available. When I visited the small remote communities in Alai recently, they told me that no other organization was working there.
Q: Now the new government works on the strategy of development of the country, there is a rough discussion of this strategy, but sights are very different. What is your opinion on the given question?
A: We are a member of the donor community. Donors have been working closely with the government in a number of areas, including the country development strategy. As to our direct participation, we regard ourselves to be investors working for the long-term solution of social and economic issues, particularly in remote areas. We work with government and civil society.
Q: How the problems of integration of Central Asian countries and political disagreements between them could influence on the activity of the Aga Khan Development Network?
A: Perhaps, I will answer this question a little differently. Regional cooperation is very important from our perspective. The University of Central Asia is a very important example of this in the region. Mountain communities although they may be divided by borders often have the same problems. Therefore they could cooperate by the sharing of knowledge and experience and develop a common approach to the solution of their issues.
As for the second part of your question, I am not an expert in the field of “conflict-science”, but if we look to what occurs in the world now, we can see the importance of regional cooperation especially in the economic sphere. More often, it is the economic imperative that stimulates regional cooperation. There are issues trade, transport, and transit as well as energy. These were discussed at last year’s CAREC conference in Bishkek. Economic prosperity will likely push people and government to communicate among and between themselves in the language of peaceful dialogue.
Q: What attitudes have been developed with state authorities, whether there are any attempts to obstacle from their part?
A: The government gives us great support. Like everyone else, we sometimes collide with bureaucratic procedures; there are a lot of them like in many countries. As a former civil servant myself, I know that these procedures are often dictated by an aspiration to have a more regulated process. It is important to have simplification and avoid duplication. The main task is to find this balance. As His Highness the Aga Khan has noted that the role of government is to foster an “enabling environment” for development by creating favorable legislative, regulatory and fiscal structures. We are now seeing an era of public–private partnerships. Accountability is also very important.
Q: How have the political events of 2005 and change of the country leaders affected the activity and policy of your organization in Kyrgyzstan?
A: AKDN works here in the framework of a very important Agreement of Cooperation that was signed by the former president and ratified by Parliament. The new government has completely supported the terms of this Agreement.
There was a sense of instability after the events of March, 2005 which were felt by everyone. In my opinion, the situation is more stable now and our programs are not only continuing but expanding. Just in April of this year, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education on Early Childhood Education.
Q: The Aga Khan Foundation associates with Akaev’s family among people. Bermet Akaeva was the coordinator of the Foundation. What are the relations between your organization and family of the former President today?
A: The work of Aga Khan Development Network had the support of the former authorities and has the support of the current government. Our principle is to work with the government of the day. Our purpose is to help improve the quality of life of people in the country. To achieve this, we work with everyone including government, local authorities, business community, and civil society. I am pleased to say that we are supported at all levels.
Regarding Bermet Akaeva, she was program coordinator of Aga Khan Foundation in Kyrgyzstan. As I know, her involvement came to an end when she ran for parliamentary elections.
Q: Could you tell about projects which you plan for the future?
A: We are currently considering expansion in sphere of microfinance, education and banking sector. As well, we are considering possible participation of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) in telecommunication sector. We are also interested in supporting high-quality tourism development. Issyk-Kul is a very unique geophysical unit. AKFED has a lot of experience in the tourism sector. Our interest in the sphere of tourism in many countries is first of all, directed on the support of economic development. It also focuses on the preservation of ecological and cultural values of the country.
We have conducted expert study on the development of tourism in Issyk-Kul and we are considering organizing a special conference to discuss the recommendations of the study. The conference would involve the participation of all stake-holders. The purpose would be to develop a common strategy for the development of an all-year round, high-quality, and sustainable tourism industry. The conference would use available experience from such development in other countries. AKDN’s own focus would be directed at the development of human resource capacity for the tourism and related industry. It is also very important to have an enabling legal and regulatory framework.
Q: You have mentioned the project in telecommunication sector, is there any experience in the given sector in other countries?
A: AKFED has a lot of experience in this sector. It is already working successfully in the region, including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It has considerable experience in providing high-quality and reliable service in remote mountain regions. In Afghanistan, for example, “Roshan” which is part of AKFED started to cover not just Kabul, but distant mountain areas. The participation in telecoms sector is part of AKDN’s socio-economic development strategy.
Q: Does it mean that the telecommunication project in these countries is designated by one company?
A: In each country there is a separate company which works with different partners providing technical support. We are able to attract a lot of investment. The quality, reliability, and security of the service are a priority. As well, priority is given to the development of local human capacity. An example of this is the call-center in Kabul where the local employees receive specialized training. Many of them are former refugees who have returned to the country when the civil war ended.
Q: Initiative on pluralism is one of the latest initiatives of AKDN. What is the essence of that?
A: If we look around at the world today, it is clear that most of the tension and conflicts are based on misunderstanding among different ethnic and religious groups. These conflicts are caused by a lack of tolerance and respect for diversity. This causes big divisions in society. AKDN’s work in sphere of development shows that pluralism is an essential part of the infrastructure for development.
His Highness the Aga Khan is establishing the Global Centre for Pluralism in Canada. His Highness has promoted pluralism for many years as an “integral component of peace, security and human development”. As His Highness the Aga Khan said in one of his speeches: “Tolerance, openness and understanding towards other people’s cultures, social structures, values and faiths are now essential to the very survival of an interdependent world”.
The support for pluralism is an integral part of our development approach. This includes the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP) in Kyrgyzstan. This project promotes pluralism in ideas, cultures, and peoples through the implementation of innovative humanities courses based upon the cultural traditions and influences of Central Asia. While being an educational program, it was established as an inter-civilization dialogue. I think this is critical in today’s world so that we can better understand each other and work together in the common interest of humanity.
The first Central kindergarten of Kyzyleshme was officially opened today in the presence of Deputy Governor of Osh oblast, Aziza Turdueva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Anatoliy Ivannikov, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurjehan Mawani, and Akim of Chonalay rayon, Abdimanap Myrzabekov, representatives of local administration, parents, teachers and other guests, AKDN told AKIpress.
“The opening of a new kindergarten is a very special event. It is a moment of pride and hope for the parents, teachers and the whole community. It symbolizes a collective commitment to the future and we are very pleased to be partners in this initiative,” emphasized Nurjehan Mawani, the AKDN Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP KG) of Aga Khan Foundation started its Early Childhood Development (ECD) program in this village in 2005 by establishing the first satellite kindergarten within the secondary school. There had been no access to ECD in this village prior to this. As a result of the partnership between MSDSP and the community, 15 children were able to have access to early childhood education for the first time.
This partnership has broadened with the construction of the first Central kindergarten providing access to 120 children of pre-school age in the village. Funded by AKF and supported by community contribution (both labour and monetary), MSDSP KG spent almost 2.5 million soms on the construction of the Central kindergarten and provision of equipment, learning materials and other supplies. As part of the ECD program, the training of kindergarten teachers has already been implemented.
Now the new Central kindergarten of Kyzyleshme village will enroll 80 children and together with the satellite kindergarten will provide access to all 120 children in the village. The shift system model pioneered by MSDSP KG will double the coverage of the number of children who need access to ECD. This initiative also ensures that children from disadvantaged families are provided with equal access to this program.
“The opening of a new kindergarten is a very special event. It is a moment of pride and hope for the parents, teachers and the whole community. It symbolizes a collective commitment to the future and we are very pleased to be partners in this initiative,” emphasized Nurjehan Mawani, the AKDN Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic.
On the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2006 between the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Policy and Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Foundation continues to support the development of the education sector in Kyrgyzstan. By the end of December 2007, AKF had completed the construction or rehabilitation of 17 central and 33 satellite kindergartens in Osh and Naryn oblasts. AKF also engages in the training and upgrading of skills of both teachers and kindergarten supervisors which stress innovation and interactive methods of learning.
Government of Kyrgyzstan to provide all possible support to Aga Khan Development Network
March 5, 2009
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4 March 2009 AKIpress
First Vice Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov today met with Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network Representative in Kyrgyzstan, reported the press service of the prime minister’s press office.
Omurbek Babanov thanked AKDN for its support in resolution of social and economic problems in Kyrgyzstan, as well as improvement of living standards of the population in mountainous parts of the republic.
The First Vice Prime Minister underlined that the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic highly values activities of AKDN. “Your organization is distinguished by practical work targeted at resolution of concrete problems in rural areas and as such is respected to a great extent,” Omurbek Babanov went on.
Nurjehan Mawani told about activities of the Aga Khan Development Network in the Kyrgyz Republic. Then cooperation in development of telecommunications, education, small aviation.
“The Government of Kyrgyzstan is always ready to provide all necessary support to the Aga Khan Development Network in all its endeavors,” the First Vice Prime Minister concluded.AKIpress
Education Minister met with head of AKDN Representation in Kyrgyzstan
20/03/2009 08:21 | Category: News, Society | Печатать запись
KABAR, March 19. Minister Abdylda Musaev received the head of Aga Khan Development Network Representation in Kyrgyzstan Nurjehan Mavani. The press service of the Ministry of Education and Science reports.
At the meeting N. Mavani told about construction projects of the University of Central Asia in Naryn, program of vocational education and the Aga Khan School in Osh. She stressed that implementation of AKDN Early Childhood Development program is recognized as successful. In this connection 60 experts from India, America, Great Britain, Afghanistan and other countries, who implement AKDN program in their countries will come to Kyrgyzstan in May of this year to exchange experiences.
N. Mavani reminded that it is planned to build Academy of Aga Khan in Bishkek. The construction of the Academy was approved by Prime Minister Igor Chudinov in November, 2008. “The Academy will represent a boarding school with all conditions for physical and cultural development t of children”, she said.
Kyrgyzstan shares innovative approaches to early childhood education development at an international level
May 11, 2009
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11 May 2009 AKIpress
Kyrgyzstan will share the experiences of sustainable development of early childhood education at a special international learning event entitled Program Learning Group (PLG) bringing together over 60 early childhood specialists from 20 countries of South and Central Asia, East and Southern Africa, the Middle East, North America, Europe, and Russia in Kyrgyzstan on May 10-16, 2009.
Organized by Aga Khan Foundation-Geneva, an agency of Aga Khan Development Network, PLG is organized to expand the success of an early childhood education (ECD) model, which provides for financial sustainability and increases access to high-quality kindergartens at affordable costs in mountainous regions. The model was developed by the Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP KG) of Aga Khan Foundation – Kyrgyz Republic and is implemented in partnership with local governments and community groups.
“PLG comes at a pivotal time when education is one of the top priorities of the Kyrgyz Government. We believe our initiative will make a contribution to mapping a road to the restoration of quality early childhood education and give Kyrgyzstan an opportunity to share its achievements at an international level,” says Nurjehan Mawani, Aga Khan Development Network Representative for KR.
During the PLG Meeting delegates will make field trips to Alai rayon where they will observe innovative alternative approaches which enable kindergartens to reach more children in rural areas, including a unique initiative of yurt kindergartens in the jailoo (pastures), which preserve the traditional lifestyle while providing children with mobile preschools. Participants will also learn about the income generation activities including vegetable growing and animal breeding at preschool institutions, which raise funds to cover different needs of children.
To date, MSDSP KG has applied its sustainable model and restored 82 kindergartens in Osh oblast and Naryn. In Alai and Chonalai districts where the program operates, the model has increased access almost five-fold – from 510 children in 2005 to more than 2,400 in 2008. In addition, MSDSP KG has developed and published 25 Kyrgyz-language books for young children, established 21 libraries with the support of local partners in villages and set up a revolving fund where profits from book sales are re-invested into publishing new books.
“ECD program influences social, cultural, economic, geopolitical and political contexts in which children are growing up and this impacts upon individual and national development,” says Burulai Aitikulova, Early Childhood Development Program officer of Aga Khan Foundation.
Previous PLG were held in Syria in 2006 and Tanzania in 2007 and pursued the same aim of laying a strong foundation for further learning, experience and expertise exchanging across countries and accelerating progress towards the Education for All, one of eight Millennium Development Goals.
His Highness the Aga Khan is founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East.
In Kyrgyzstan, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) works through its local partner, the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP KG) in Osh and Naryn Oblasts where complementary interventions in education, health, and rural development converge in villages and are implemented in partnership with government authorities, community organisations, and local civil society groups. In April 2006 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Policy and Aga Khan Development Network that enables Aga Khan Foundation to support the development of the education sector.AKIpress
Foreign Minister Sarbaev, Prince Rahim agree on closer cooperation under AKDN programs
June 9, 2009
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8 June 2009 AKIpress
Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbaev on Saturday met with Prince Rahim Aga Khan to discuss the issues related to implementation of the projects of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kyrgyzstan, reported the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kadyrbek Sarbaev expressed his hope that the joint agreements in support of mountainous communities, micro-financing, tourism, telecommunication technologies, functioning of the Kyrgyz Investment Credit Bank, support of folklore musical groups will be implemented effectively.
As a result of discussion of cooperation prospects the agreement was reached regarding closer coordination of actions under existing programs of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kyrgyzstan.AKIpress
Osh mayor’s office and Aga Khan Development Network intend to cooperate more closely
08/07/2009 17:50 | Category: Society | Печатать запись
KABAR, July 8. Osh mayor’s office and Aga Khan Development Network intends to cooperate more closely.
The city’s mayor Melisbek Myrzakmatov expressed his intention during a meeting with representatives of the AKDN. “Your support is very important for us. We hope for further cooperation”, - said M.Myrzakmatov.
The mayor pointed out the importance of educational programs.
Nurjehan Mawani, head of Aga Khan Development Network Representation for Kyrgyz Republic, congratulated the mayor on Suliman-Too’s inscribing on UNESCO World Heritage List. He told the AKDN plans to launch several projects in Osh.
Renovation and expansion of the kindergarten completed in Osh
Posted: 11 Feb 2011 05:43 AM PST
Renovation and expansion of the kindergarten completed in OshExcerpt translated via Google:
On 8 February 2011 was the formal presentation of the newly renovated and expanded kindergarten “Darman” in the district Sherjomuschki the city of Osh to young users and their carers in the presence of the Head of the Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurjehan Mawani, and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Kyrgyz Republic, Holly Green. The nursery is now for about 200 children – nearly twice as many children as before. Education is a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable human development.
Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker, Aga Khan Development Network Representative discussed education cooperation prospects
March 7, 2011 by ismailimail Leave a Comment
Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker, Aga Khan Development Network Representative discussed education cooperation prospectsKyrgyz Parliament Speaker Ahmatbek Keldibekov met with the Head of the Aga Khan Development Network Representation Nurjehan Mawani on February 11, 2011.
The parties discussed development of cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network including in the education sector. The opening of the Aga Khan Academy in Bishkek first was discussed during the visit of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV to Kyrgyzstan in 2006. The Aga Khan Academy will be a residential school, part of an international network of the Aga Khan Academies worldwide. The implementation of the project is currently underway.
Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker, Aga Khan Development Network Representative discussed education cooperation prospects“The authorities of the country attach great importance to the improvement of the level of education in Kyrgyzstan. If the Aga Khan Academy is opened in the capital city, this would be big improvement on the quality of education in the country,” Speaker Keldibekov stressed.
Expansion of cooperation in agriculture, micro-financing and infrastructure development was discussed among other issues at the meeting. The Speaker underlined the importance of the projects implemented by the AKDN in the Kyrgyz Republic. “As the Speaker of the Parliament, I will personally facilitate cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Aga Khan Development Network,” added Mr. Keldibekov.
Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker, Aga Khan Development Network Representative discussed education cooperation prospectsMrs. Nurjehan Mawani expressed gratitude to the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic for fruitful cooperation during the past ten years. With regard to the role of the Parliament in the new power structure, Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani underlined the important role of the Speaker in the development of the parliamentary system of government in the country and further strengthening of democracy.
Notes: Located in countries in Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, the Aga Khan Academies are an integrated network of residential schools offering girls and boys an international standard of education from pre-primary to secondary levels.
Kyrgyzstan’s President Inaugurates New Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank
Please also see: Remarks by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, Photographs
Bishkek, 23rd March, 2011 – Her Excellency President Otunbaeva today officially inaugurated the new Head Office of the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB) in the presence of Prince Rahim Aga Khan -- the eldest son of His Highness the Aga Khan - the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) one of the organisations that helped establish the bank.
KICB was set up in 2001 to issue short, medium and long-term loans to stimulate the development of small and medium-sized businesses throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. Currently, KICB serves over 27,000 clients throughout the region and operates a network of 16 branches in five oblasts in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prince Rahim Aga Khan reiterated AKDN support for Kyrgyzstan and the central Asia region.
“I am here today to pledge the continuing support of the Aga Khan Development Network to the future growth of KICB, including its expansion into every part of this country—and, beyond that, to other countries of Central Asia,” he said.
The opening coincides with the 10th anniversary of KICB. The ceremony was attended by over 300 guests, including senior officials from the Parliament and Government, the National Bank, Board members of KICB, heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations, and customers of the Bank.
Earlier, the shareholders confirmed a decision to increase the charter capital from US$ 10 million to US$ 17.5 million in the second half of 2011. With this increase, the bank’s total capital and reserves are expected to reach US$38 million by the end of the year.
“This investment marks an important milestone in our 10-year continuous presence in Kyrgyzstan,” said Mr. Kwang Young Choi, CEO of KICB. “KICB is becoming one of the pillars of financial services in Bishkek.”
“The proposed capital increase is a testament to our confidence in the Bank and our strong commitment to the Kyrgyz Republic,” said Mr. Sultan Ali Allana, Head of Financial Services at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) -- which operates the bank. “We are commited to playing a key role in the economic growth of the country,” he continued.
KICB was established in 2001 with the share capital of US$ 7 million. The Bank’s shareholders are the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and International Finance Corporation (IFC). KfW is a co-founder of the bank and also provides access to long-term financial resources.
KICB has gained a reputation as a “reliable bank” due to its transparent banking practices and the credibility of the shareholders. Since its establishment, the Bank has attracted over US$ 56 million in credit lines that were issued as long-, medium- and short-term loans. As the principal member of VISA International in Kyrgyzstan, KICB also offers a range of VISA card products to its customers. The Bank also supports the development of human resources through the KICB Training Centre, which is part of its corporate social responsibility program.
Located in the centre of Bishkek, at the intersection of Moskovskaya Street and Erkindik Boulevard, the new modern Head Office occupies four floors with a gross area of over 2,700 square meters. It is equipped with modern banking facilities and security system, which will further improve the quality of service of the Bank and increase its efficiency. The new building, which houses a number of operational units, can accommodate over 200 staff.
For further information please contact:
Deputy Head Banking Operations
Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank
Phone: + (996 312 ) 620101
The World through Children Eyes June 2, 2011
etween February and March 2011, children attending Kyrgyz, Russian, and Uzbek schools in Osh City participated in the art contest “The World through Children Eyes” organized by the Aga Khan Foundation through its partner the Aga Khan School. This activity, implemented under the project Supporting Communities in Infrastructure Repair and Building Tolerance: Osh sponsored by USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), allowed children from different ethnic groups and religions to depict their vision of peace, tolerance, and inter-ethnic friendship through paintings and drawings.
More than 300 students of grades 1-5 representing 29 schools submitted their pieces of arts that were exposed in Aravan Square (Osh City) on 26-27 March 2011. This two-day public event, organized in collaboration with the city administration and the Department of Education, was attended by people from the different ethnic groups. While this initiative gave a unique opportunity to children express their vision of tolerance, it also contributed to open the eyes of the adults on the hopes of the young children for the future. One visitor mentioned: “These draws really represent our wish to live and harmony with each other”. After the exposition, a selection committee composed of staff from the Aga Khan School identified the best 89 illustrations, based on their originality, artistic merit and expression on the theme of tolerance. These selected pictures
Later in the project, the Aga Khan School will go through an additional round of selection in order to identify the 10 most powerful pictures that will be published in a book. 79 copies this book, which will also include a Teacher and Parents’ Guide to help teachers and parents facilitate discussion with students and children about their experience of the conflict, will be disseminated to 20 libraries located in multi-ethnic neighborhoods in Osh city and 59 school libraries.
Opening of Central Asia and Afghanistan Women's Economic Symposium
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Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
July 19, 2011
Yesterday in Bishkek, Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer welcomed over 200 women entrepreneurs, policy makers, educators and civil society leaders from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to the three-day Strategies for Success: Central Asia and Afghanistan Women’s Economic Symposium. In a video statement to the participants, Secretary Clinton encouraged growth of an expanding partnership network, also affirming that “investing in girls and women spurs economic growth and helps create stable and prosperous societies.” Kyrgyz Republic President Roza Otunbayeva provided an opening address that emphasized the common bonds women share across the region, and closed the night with a reception at her residence.
During the symposium, which concludes tomorrow, women have developed a region-wide network of leaders, expanded their knowledge and tools, and supported efforts to increase their economic participation in the regional context. Already, the participants have identified a need for a gender assessment of trade and small- and medium-sized enterprise policies in order to move women’s enterprise to the next level.
The United States appreciates and looks forward to further collaboration with partner organizations and corporate sponsors, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Finance Corporation, UN Women, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asia Development Bank, Aga Khan Development Network, Goldman Sachs, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Mary Kay.
Celebrating Diversity in the Kyrgyz Republic
July 17, 2011
On July 14, 2011 the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), presented a new series of multi-language books for children developed in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation, the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Osh and Jalalabad city administrations.
Through a series of dialogues and workshops with parents and teachers, the Aga Khan Foundation produced dual-language books (Kyrgyz-Uzbek, Kyrgyz-Russian, Kyrgyz-Tajik, and Kyrgyz-English) aimed at promoting peace, tolerance and respect for diversity. The Aga Khan School organized an art competition among students from 29 schools in Osh City on themes related to peace, harmony and friendship. The winning entries will be published as a book. The dual-language books and the art competition books will be distributed to schools and libraries throughout the country.
This project supports community infrastructure efforts to rehabilitate nine kindergartens in ethnically-mixed neighborhoods in Osh, Nookat, Uzgen and Karasuu to create better educational environments for children from multiethnic communities. Approximately 1,900 ethnic Uzbek and ethnic Kyrgyz children will benefit from this activity.
This initiative is a direct response to the June 2010 conflict and complements Kyrgyz government's initiatives to promote the consolidation of a multicultural society. It is one of many projects supported by the American people through USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). Launched in the Kyrgyz Republic in May 2010, OTI's program aims to mitigate conflict and improve governance at national and local levels.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. In Kyrgyzstan, AKF currently operates Osh and Naryn Oblasts where complementary interventions in education, health, and rural development converge in villages and are implemented in partnership with government authorities, community interest groups, and local civil society organisations. In April 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth Policy and Aga Khan Development Network enabling the Aga Khan Foundation to support the development of the country's education sector.
AKDN hosted seminar on corporate social responsibility for leaders from business, government, and civil society
Bishkek, September 19 / Kabar /. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Civil Society Programme organized a “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Business and Society” seminar as part of a CSR week in the Kyrgyz Republic. More than 60 representatives from leading businesses, Government and Parliament, civil society, and the international community attended.
Mr. Oleg Pankratov, Deputy Minister of Economic Regulation welcomed participants on behalf of the Government and underlined the importance of promoting CSR in Kyrgyzstan noting the Government’s readiness to cooperate with the private sector in this area.
Speaking on CSR’s role in development, Mrs Nurjehan Mawani, Head of the AKDN Representation noted: “The Aga Khan Development Network experience has demonstrated that sustainable development requires complementary efforts by government, civil society institutions and the private sector. CSR’s role is to serve as a catalyst to shape new societal behavior, new economic traditions based on a responsible attitude towards society. It is very gratifying to note that CSR is evolving in Kyrgyz Republic with key stakeholders increasingly accepting its principles.”
Through practical examples, the seminar explored how CSR is being practiced in the Kyrgyz Republic and around the world. Using case studies from international companies, Elena Korf from International Business Leaders Forum (United Kingdom) and Rostislav Kurinko, founder of CSRJournal.com (Ukraine), explained how CSR initiatives are enhancing business development opportunities and are allowing companies to reach new markets. Local companies, Mol Bulak Finance and SK Development, outlined the rationale for starting CSR programmes in the Kyrgyz Republic and the successes they have achieved thus far. The seminar also launched “Experience and Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility in Kyrgyzstan”, a catalogue published by the Aga Khan Foundation and the CSR Business Network.
Among other activities, the AKDN Civil Society Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic has developed and introduced civic education curriculum in 15 universities across the country and facilitated sound partnerships between civil society and Government both at national and local levels. Since 2006, the Programme has worked closely with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and the International Business Leaders Forum to integrate CSR in business practice of over 50 companies worldwide. In doing so, it has helped businesses to view CSR as an important vehicle through which they can contribute to the overall development of the societies in which they operate while benefiting their own enterprises.
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