UNODC supported 12 small grants projects on security and crime reduction in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK, 11 July 2017 –  Under the Small Grants Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, "Prevention in Action", public associations and activists of six regions of Kyrgyzstan will launch 12 projects aimed at preventing offenses in the Republic.

"Crime prevention is a broad concept, it covers the causes and risk factors associated with crime and its victims and is aimed at reducing the vulnerability, opportunities and benefits of offenses," says Kuhn Markvering, international coordinator of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). "Many activities targeted at improving the safety of the community can be accomplished through the efforts of the community itself. The UNODC experience has shown that joint work on crime prevention at the local level produces excellent results."

The projects were selected by a grant committee consisting of representatives of government authorities, NGOs and independent experts. They will be implemented in Jety-Oguz District (Issyk-Kul Oblast), Suzak and Kyzyl-Tuusk Ayil Aimaks (Jalal-Abad Oblast), Nariman Ayil Aymak, in the towns of Nookat and Kara Suu (Osh Oblast), in Sverdlovsky District of Bishkek, Amanbayev Aiyl Aymak (Talas oblast), Kulunda and Uch-Korgon Ayil Aimaks (Batken Oblast).

The selected projects are aimed at assisting local self-governments and other parties at the local level in developing and implementing joint plans for the prevention of violations, counteracting the religious radicalization of young people, reducing the risks of early marriages, preventing juvenile delinquency, informing the population about road safety standards, ensuring local public security in places, in particular, in the transboundary villages of Leilek District of Kyrgyzstan and Gafurov District of Tajikistan.

The UNODC Small Grants Programme is a continuation of the programme for the development of joint plans for crime prevention implemented in 2015 - 2016 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Civil Union "For Reforms and Result."  This initiative was successfully implemented in 12 pilot villages and cities of Kyrgyzstan, covering 245 thousand people. The amount of more than 14 million soms was allocated from local budgets to implement joint plans last year.

Evidence of the effectiveness of this approach was closer cooperation between local authorities and communities in solving problems in the sphere of law and order and earning public confidence in the police in the territories where the program was implemented.

Thus, for example, in Maksat village of Leilek District, where the role of the district police officer is very high, local residents and Ayil Okmotu by a common deed method built a community police office and a house for the district police officer. While in Uch-Korgon of Kadamjai District, Batken Oblast, local authorities, in collaboration with the community people, involved minors in volunteer work to organize various events, thereby channeling the leadership potential in the right direction and reducing the risk of racketeering.

Urmat Kazakbayev, the Co-chairman of the Civil Union noted that the programme really works, therefore, the population, local self-governments and local police, solving problems through cooperation, begin to believe in their strength and effectiveness, they have a motivation. "Joint plans can be considered as a ready project to search for investors, sponsors and donors for the needs of communities," - he says.

The Small Grants Programme is under implementation within the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019, with the financial support of the US Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

 

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