Democratic participation and civic engagement

Since independence, a diverse and vibrant civil society has emerged in Kyrgyzstan. Supporting and promoting it is one of the core concerns of FES Kyrgyzstan.

Inclusive civic participation is a core component of any democratic society. Since 1993, FES Kyrgyzstan has been dedicated to support inclusive and competent civic participation. In doing so, we are actively collaborating with civil society organizations and state bodies to enable a dialogue and to strengthen their competencies.

While civil society in Kyrgyzstan is vibrant and strong, the mechanisms of inclusivity and channels of communication have room to grow. Civic participation entails a competent expression of own values and needs while being equipped with tools and provided with means of doing so. The overarching goals of enhancing civic participation are the amplification of the voice of vulnerable populations and the promotion of their active engagement in the social and political lives of their communities.

FES Kyrgyzstan has implemented multiple projects aimed at strengthening the civic engagement potential of various population groups. A main target group of our activities are young people. They represent a diverse category, unified by the fact of being born in the transition period. It is of crucial significance to ensure that young people are given the opportunities and instruments to advocate for their interest. FES Kyrgyzstan promotes political education initiatives like Youth Academies and conducts research to inform about values, needs and attitudes of the young generation. The expansion of media competence and the handling of information will increasingly become an important component of political education work.

News & Activities

20.05.2021 | Democratic participation and civic engagement | News

Training on Media Literacy and Political Education for journalists

FES Kyrgyzstan is implementing two projects in partnership with Community "Zhamaattyk" Media.


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11.05.2021 | Democratic participation and civic engagement | News

MEP Norbert Neuser meets civil society experts in Kyrgyzstan

Norbert Neuser, a member of the European Parliament, visited the FES Kyrgyzstan office on May 11th, where he met with local civil society experts.


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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Kyrgyzstan Office

Razzakov Str. 33/1,
Apartment #2
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan

+996 312 663077
+996 312 620016
+996 312 664852
info.bishkek(at)fes.kg

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