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# 153
December 19, 2001

In this issue:


  • Participation of Jakob Simonsen, RBEC Deputy Director at the Bishkek International Conference on Enhancing Security and Stability in Central Asia: Strengthening Comprehensive Efforts to Counter Terrorism organized by OSCE 13-14 December


  • Seminar on Increasing Effectiveness of Public Administration: Using Monitoring Techniques on the example of the National Programme on Tourism in Kyrgyzstan


  • Delegation from UNDP Ukraine to Kyrgyzstan to share experience in Decentralization Programme


  • “Training for trainers” and “Basics of micro business” workshops conducted


  • UNDP Virtual Art Gallery replenished by Kyrgyz Artists paintings


Mr. Jakob Simonsen, RBEC Deputy Director, participated in the Bishkek International Conference on Prevention and Countering of Terrorism held in the Kyrgyz capital on 13-14 December. In his keynote address to the Conference, he highlighted UNDP's contribution to the prevention of conflicts in Central Asia emphasizing the importance of social mobilization of people living in rural areas as an instrumental mechanism in preventive development. “…Today the countries of Central Asia face unprecedented challenges to security and stability," he also noted. "The root causes of conflict are unquestionably local. They lie in the poverty, social exclusion, and human deprivation endured by individuals, families, and communities… UNDP has focused on alleviating poverty and the roots of conflict in Central Asia since the early 1990s, and has piloted projects in the Ferghana Valley to promote sustainable development and the peaceful resolution of conflicts”. Jakob Simonsen pointed out that “by mobilizing the members of individual communities to work together toward self-reliance, we can stop violent conflict at its source.”

More than 300 participants and observers from over 60 states and international organizations participated in the Conference in Bishkek, hosted by the Kyrgyz Government and organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP). The Conference followed the Ninth OSCE Ministerial Council meeting held in Bucharest recently, where the Organization's 55 participating States adopted a document on combating terrorism.

The conference was opened by H.E. Mr. Askar Akayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Jan Kubis, the OSCE Secretary General, and Mohammad Amirkhizi, Senior Policy Adviser for the Executive Director of UN ODCCP. The opening was followed by discussion sessions, which focused on the exchange of past experiences and practices, the strengthening of bilateral and regional efforts to counter terrorism and related crimes, enhancing comprehensive preventive measures, related social and economic aspects, and the identification of gaps and needs in the prevention and countering of terrorism. Participants discussed terrorism threats and shared their experience in coping with these challenges.

It was the first opportunity to discuss the concrete steps to prevent and counter terrorism in the Central Asian countries with endorsement of a Programme of Action in the course of the Conference proceedings and adoption of a number of documents leading to practical actions.


UNDP Seminar “Raising Effectiveness and Efficiency of Public Administration: Monitoring Application to Tourism Development Efforts” was held 13–14 December in Bishkek. The seminar was organized by UNDP Central Governance Programme on the initiative of the State Committee on Tourism, Sports and Youth Policy. Max Haberstroh, the Advisor to the President of Kyrgyz Republic on tourism issues, opened the conference together with David Akopyan, UNDP Kyrgyzstan DRR. Seminar objectives included:

    (1) Basic monitoring knowledge transfer on how to develop indicators and how to use monitoring techniques to enhance the governance and public administration performance in tourism sector with a particular application to National 10-year Tourism Development Program approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic;

    (2) Developing application skills of government officials and ministry representatives in using monitoring tools;

    (3) Raising awareness and understanding of basic evaluation fundamentals;

    (4) Developing indicators for monitoring of 10-year Tourism Development Programme

Representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture, Health, Labour and Social Protection contributed to the preparation of a set of participatory monitoring indicators. The indicators set will be used by Kyrgyz State Committee for Tourism, Sport and Youth Policy for monitoring relevant ministries and state agencies efforts. Thank you note and express of wish for continuation of UNDP efforts in monitoring and evaluation were expressed by Ms. Sulaimanova, Deputy Chairman of Kyrgyz State Committee for Tourism, Sport and Youth Policy.

Contact: Ms. Gulmira Mamatkerimova, Coordinator of Transparency and Accountability Component, UNDP Central Governance Programme. Phone: (996 312) 66 50 55, e-mail:


Delegation from UNDP Ukraine consists of 12 people came to Bishkek to share experience in Decentralization Programme and see the programmes implemented by UNDP Kyrgyzstan office. On the first day of the visit, 18 December, UNDP Kyrgyzstan made a briefing on Programme Approach to Governance Development in Kyrgyzstan and presentations on Local Governance and Social Governance Focusing on Social Mobilization. Later the delegation had sessions at Local Governance PMU on Policy and Strategy of Strengthening Local Government in Kyrgyzstan, Concept and Approach to Social Mobilization for effective Local Governance and other presentations.

The second day the Ukrainian team is planning to spend in Osh (capital of Southern Province of Kyrgyzstan) and get familiar with Social Mobilization Component of Decentralization Program in the field; its concept and approaches. They will have a unique opportunity to witness the Programme’s activities on formation of CBOs at community level, and will be briefed on generation of assets and internal crediting system within the CBOs and will see the implementation of social infrastructure projects presented by CBOs themselves. While in Osh, the delegation will also visit the Governor of Osh and other local authorities. Such visits are exemplary in many aspects because they indicate that UNDP office in Kyrgyzstan has a lot of best practices and valuable experience to demonstrate to other offices around the region.

Contact: Ms. Aynura Alymbekova, UNDP Programme Associate. Phone: (996 312) 61 12 13, e-mail:


“Training for trainers” and “Basics of micro business” training workshops were conducted 12 - 15 December with the support of UNHCR. 16 refugee NGOs’ representatives from Chuy, Jalal-Abad, Batken oblasts, Kant and Tokmak participated. The workshops were conducted with the goal to assist the local NGOs in building capacities and to use them as resources in future training of local communities. During four days of the workshop the participants obtained facilitation skills and had opportunity to facilitate sessions of the training “NGO and Community”. The participants examined the following issues:

  • Qualities of Entrepreneur competence
  • Concept and meaning of Personal Balance
  • Brainstorming as a method of accumulating business ideas
  • Definition of SWOT analysis and its application
  • Definition of primary cost and its calculation
  • Meaning of a project cost
  • Structure of reporting on benefits and losses, reporting requirements
  • Structure of cash flow
  • Structure of a business plan

Contact: Counterpart Consortium, Lilia Kuchenova, IU/AUK Program Coordinator, NGO Information Coordinator, 107 Kievskaya str., 5th floor, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Phone: (996 312) 61 01 35, 61 00 22, 66 46 36; fax: (996 312) 61 00 21; e-mail: Internet:


UNDP RBEC Virtual Art Gallery, which is being located at UNDP Romania site ( ) has been replenished with the paintings of the Kyrgyz Artists. Watching the paintings in this “virtual museum” is very simple - once the paintings appear, click on any of the paintings - to see it in a larger size and receive information on the painter and the price for the painting. If you need information on the painter, just click on his/her name.

The exposition of the Kyrgyz Artists has already received appreciation. As it was noted by the site visitors, “the paintings very much reflect Kyrgyz lifestyles and customs”. The Kyrgyz exposition is being presented using an extraordinary approach to arranging the paintings - they all have a similar structure - a painting within a painting. The paintings exhibited in the Gallery perfectly represent the Kyrgyz rural landscape and convey the natural splendor of the country’s environment and traditions. There are contact details of the artists, and they can be contacted directly by anyone who wants to buy a painting. The working group responsible for the selection of paintings will be updating paintings on the site on a quarterly basis. There is a list of more than 100 talented successful Kyrgyz artists who are willing to contribute to the promotion of arts in Kyrgyzstan and present their paintings to international fora.

The idea of placing the paintings at UNDP RBEC Virtual Gallery is being followed by one more successful project related to support of Kyrgyz Art – the Catalogue of Kyrgyz Artists published after direct support of the UN in Kyrgyzstan in early 2000.

Contact: Ms. Olga Grebennikova, UNDP Public Affairs Officer. Phone: (996 312) 61 12 13, 61 12 11 (180); e-mail:


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