How would you help your community to improve the effectiveness and quality of its schools? How to keep experienced teachers from quitting and attract young teachers to remote outposts? Rural schools across the Kyrgyz Republic face these challenges. Together with the World Bank, education authorities attempted to address these problems through a US$15 million project supporting rural education...more
Fighting Poverty at the Village Level
Over the last two years, the Village Investment Project has supported 1,600 micro-projects in about 80 different categories.These projects have affected almost half of the Kyrgyz Republic’s scattered population of 5 million....more
Helping Refugees in the Kyrgyz Republic Earn a Living Through Farming
Fleeing from the civil war in Tajikistan in 1994, Halil Ismailov only wanted peace, stability, and food for his children.
"It’s not easy to start a new life when you are 65 years old," Halil says. "And to start from scratch in a strange country is even more difficult." ...more
Ending extortion in health care
Musa Izatov is recovering after surgery at the National Hospital in Bishkek.
His wife Tamara is relieved. "Now I don't have to worry about who and how much to pay to make sure he gets good treatment." The family is one of the first to benefit from the country's health care reforms...more