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in the Kyrgyz Republic

Agencies

Aga Khan Development Network for the Kyrgyz Republic

ABOUT AKDN

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, international, non-denominational development agencies working to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa. The AKDN works in over 30 countries around the world and employs over 80,000 people, the majority of whom are based in developing countries. The AKDN’s ten development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all people, without regard to their particular religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.akdn.org

AKDN IN KYRGYZSTAN

Since 2001, AKDN has been supporting the establishment of institutions and programmes that help develop an economically dynamic, socially prosperous, intellectually and culturally vibrant Kyrgyzstan. The Agreement of Cooperation signed in 2001 between Kyrgyzstan and AKDN and shortly thereafter ratified by the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) provides the legal framework for the AKDN’s activities in Kyrgyzstan.

Operating in all 7 oblasts (provinces) of the country and guided by locally identified development priorities, AKDN agencies work to increase access to high quality education, foster economic opportunity and financial inclusion, build human capacity and infrastructure, as well as strengthen civil society and local governance. In Kyrgyzstan, AKDN agencies provide employment to over 1,500 people, most of whom are nationals.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ASIA (UCA)

UCA is a fully residential, internationally chartered university founded in 2000 by the Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and His Highness the Aga Khan. The founding parties signed the International Treaty and Charter to establish this secular, private and not-for-profit University to foster the social and economic development of Central Asia. The treaty was ratified by the respective parliaments and registered with the United Nations. The Presidents are the Patrons of UCA and His Highness the Aga Khan is the UCA’s Chancellor. UCA's first campus opened in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan in September 2016, second campus in Khorog, Tajikistan opened in 2017 and will be followed by Tekeli, Kazakhstan (2021). For more information, please visit www.ucentralasia.org

AGA KHAN SCHOOL (AKS)

Established in 2002 in Osh, AKS offers instruction in both English and Russian to over 500 students. The School creates a harmonious balance between academic demands, sporting and cultural activities and community life. It challenges its pupils to be intellectually inquisitive and socially conscious, preparing them to become confident leaders so they may contribute their knowledge to the development of their country. AKS awards scholarships and offers needs-based discounts to enable students to study regardless of their ability to pay. Licensed by the Ministry of Education, AKS supports professional development of public school teachers and provides access to the School’s Learning Resource Centre to the community. For more information, please visit www.agakhanschools.org

AGA KHAN FOUNDATION (AKF)

AKDN’s integrated programmes on rural development, education and health are realised through AKF   and its implementing partner, Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP). Disaster risk reduction, enhancing local governance, and improving climate change resilience are complementing themes across AKF’s programming.

AKF contributes to early childhood development by increasing access to affordable, culturally appropriate and quality education targeting women, children and other caregivers. AKF’s health programme improves access to quality health care at the local level and advances health promotion, with a special focus on women of reproductive age and children under five. AKF helps communities increase the production and profitability of livestock, select crops and non-farm enterprises and improve community resilience to climate change impacts and natural disasters. AKF also works to strengthen opportunities for women to operate small enterprises, increase production and improve quality and marketing. To improve water infrastructure management and cross-boundary dynamics between resource users, AKF supports construction and rehabilitation of irrigation systems. AKF contributes to community’s social cohesion, harmony and unity by supporting local governments to extend good governance practices.

FIRST MICROFINANCE COMPANY (FMFC)

Established by the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance in 2006, FMFC provides microfinance services to the inhabitants of rural mountainous communities through its network of 15 branches and outlets, and serves more than 14,000 clients (44 percent women). FMFC provides loans for livestock and agricultural sectors as well as animal husbandry, trading and enterprise activities, housing improvement and education. Loans have also been extended to SMEs, which are generally involved in trade, manufacturing and service activities. In 2017, the Company underwent a transformation to expand the range of its products and services and better serve the diverse needs of its clients. For more information, please visit www.fmfc.kg

AGA KHAN MEDICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC CENTER (AKMDC) IN NARYN

AKMDC is a private and not-for-profit consultation and diagnostic center. It was established in Naryn by the Aga Khan Health Services in 2016 to increase access to high-quality health care and promote quality of life by offering an international standard of health service. The Centre, operating under a licence issued by the Ministry of Health, is staffed with qualified doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to provide reliable and affordable services using the state-of-art medical equipment. It also offers full laboratory services including biochemistry, pathology and haematology tests.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

KYRGYZ INVESTMENT AND CREDIT BANK (KICB)

To stimulate long-term and inclusive economic growth in the country, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development partnered with the Government of Kyrgyzstan and other international financial institutions to establish the KICB in 2001. As the largest capitalized bank in Kyrgyzstan, KICB currently serves over 500,000 clients through a network of 38 branches. In line with its core activity, KICB invests into the projects in agriculture, manufacturing, construction and light industry. Since its establishment, KICB has expanded into retail market, successfully gaining the position of top two commercial banks. In 2013 KICB expanded the product line with insurance services through "Jubilee Kyrgyzstan Insurance Company". To enhance the financial inclusion, in June 2014, KICB launched "ELSOM electronic wallet", an innovative mobile banking service subscribed by over 325 000 users including from very remote areas. For more information, please visit www.kicb.net

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

AGA KHAN MUSIC INITIATIVE (AKMI)

AKMI was established in 2000 to revitalise and transmit Central Asian musical traditions by supporting outstanding talent, training new teachers, and documenting and disseminating Central Asian music to stimulate interest in the regions’ culture worldwide. Established by AKMI, the Centre Ustatshakirt, operates throughout Kyrgyzstan in collaboration with primary schools and universities. The centre provides primary school students with an arts and culture component of their education through group instruction on the popular Kyrgyz stringed instrument komuz. Students also participate in theatre productions whose themes underscore the values of cultural pluralism, and learn to recite excerpts from the monumental epic Manas. The Centre support professional development of music teachers to improve their skills for teaching and music making, and provides teachers with musical repertoire as well as instruments for children’s ensembles.

REHABILITATION OF SEYITAALY JAKYPOV PARK IN NARYN

Seyitaaly Jakypov Park in Naryn town was rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and inaugurated in 2016. The rehabilitated Park has become a popular place in town for families and youth for exercise, entertainment and public events. A free Wi-Fi access to Internet is established throughout the Park.

Overview of AKDN Programmes

Head of the Representation: Dr. Shamsh Kassim-Lakha

Contact person: Adylbek Ismailov, Senior External Relations and Communications Officer

http://www.akdn.org/
80, Tynystanov Street, 720053 Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: + 996 312 621751
Email: AKDN.Kyrgyzstan@akdn.org
Business Hours: 9.00 – 18.00 Monday-Friday