United States Agency for International Development

COUNTRY PROFILE

The Kyrgyz Republic is the only freely elected parliamentary democracy in post-Soviet Central Asia. As such, in support of long-term stability and prosperity, the United States focuses on consolidating, sustaining and strengthening the country’s hard-won democratic gains while promoting economic progress, strengthened public services and stronger ties across the region.

USAID works with the Kyrgyz Republic to build on progress in democratic governance by partnering with institutions, promoting civic engagement, improving delivery of public services and expanding economic opportunity. USAID in the Kyrgyz Republic also works with the regional USAID Mission to Central Asia to advance the U.S. Government’s New Silk Road initiative, which increases connections between Central and South Asia — including Afghanistan — to foster greater stability and prosperity across the region.

OUR WORK

The Kyrgyz Republic is a small, landlocked, mountainous country and the second poorest in Central Asia, with nearly a third of its population living below the poverty line. USAID partners with government, civil society and the private sector to improve governance, promote economic growth and enhance the quality of health care and education.

DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOVERNANCE

USAID works to enhance the country’s parliamentary democracy by more deeply ingraining rule of law and respect for human rights and strengthening governance institutions including Parliament, the judiciary and key ministries. USAID fosters partnerships among civil society, government and the private sector, especially in advocacy, policy development and public service delivery. We have consistently supported media, contributing to the country having the highest level of media freedom in Central Asia.

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TRADE

Expanding economic opportunity is crucial for the Kyrgyz Republic to demonstrate the efficacy of its democratic governance system. With a focus on the country’s poorest regions, USAID partners with the public and private sectors to jumpstart promising economic sectors, build food security and increase small-holder farmer incomes through targeted agricultural assistance, and promote energy sector reform to meet growing demand. In the Kyrgyz Republic, USAID has supported the government in carrying out legal reforms that have helped drastically improve the country’s World Bank Doing Business ranking — to among the top five of 51 lower-middle income countries.

HEALTH AND EDUCATION

USAID partners with the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis by improving the quality of diagnosis, care and treatment services, providing support and outreach to high-risk populations, training health workers, and developing policies. In education, USAID focuses on improving early grade reading in 60 percent of schools across the country and improving access to higher education by supporting corruption-free admission tests.

CONTACTS:

MISSION:
Kimberly Rosen, Mission Director
USAID/Kyrgyz Republic
171 Prospect Mira
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720016
Phone: +996 312 597718 • Fax: +996-597744
E-mail: krosen@usaid.gov

HEADQUARTERS
Dr. Eric Rudenshiold, Team Leader for Central Asia
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, USA 20523
Phone: 202-712-0141
E-mail: erudenshiold@usaid.gov