European Union and German Government Invest in Rural Development of Jalal-Abad region

On 29 October 2019, local non-governmental organisations receiving grants in a total amount of 1.9 million euros from the Integrated Rural Development Programme presented their activities on the promotion of local inclusive economic development in Jalal-Abad region. The programme is funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The NGOs such as ‘Youth of Osh’, ‘RAS Jalal-Abad’, ‘TES-Centre’, ‘Agrolead’, ‘BioFarmer’, ‘BioService’, and ‘Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association KCBTA’ have been awarded the grants in the framework of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (the programme). These NGOs have gone through and won the rigorous competition during the call for proposals announced by the programme in April 2019. They started activities on strengthening the capacities of local farmers and tourism service providers to increase their competitiveness in national and international markets. The activities include advice on improving production, processing, service offer and marketing of touristic services and agricultural products. To mark the launch of this partnership, the programme hosted a reception for its local, national and international partners. At the event, they learned about activities to be done in in the framework of the programme and by partnering NGOs in the next three years. Most importantly, the event provided a shared platform to define the areas for closer cooperation and interaction in the framework of the programme to contribute to the local inclusive development of Jalal-Abad region. Among participants were the representatives of authorities, the Delegation of the European Union, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Government to Jalal-Abad region, state administrations of eight districts, international organisations and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation). The event was opened by the Head of Department for Strategic Planning and Regional Development in the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic Aibek Kadyrov, EU Ambassador Mr Eduard Auer and German Ambassador Ms Monika Iwersen.

The Integrated Rural Development Programme is implemented by GIZ and co-funded by the European Union and German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The programme budget amounts to 11.3 million euros, of which 9.8 million is funded by the EU. The programme works from October 2018 until November 2022.

The Programme aims at improving income opportunities of the rural population, especially among women, youth and vulnerable groups in southern Kyrgyzstan with the focus on Jalal-Abad region. Via capacity building, small investments, support to local farmers, providers of tourism services, civil society and local self-governments, it supports participative and inclusive local economic development.