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is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

is a not-for-profit and nongovernmental policy and research organization established in 2003 to conduct research, develop policy recommendations, and implement activities in the field of the rural development.

Rural Development Fund

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Project coordinator Akmatova Kuluipa and local expert from Talas oblast Kurmanbaev Akylbek participated in the Global Alliance for protection of the sacred snow leopard population in Mongolia

Italian freelance photographer Marco Palombi, has met the activist of the KEAK pastoral network for conversation and short reportage for won website.

Social programs coordinator Kuluipa Akmatova took part in the international conference "Mountains of the future" in China

Meeting of the Climate Network of Kyrgyzstan

Completion of Right to Food project

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Kok-Oirok Community Foundation

The customs of philanthropy and charity have always been a salient characteristic of the Kyrgyz people. In the ancient times, this was one of the ways to survive in conditions of isolated nomadic communities, scarcity of people and inclement nature. This became a moral norm later, violation of which was fraught with public disgrace or even expulsion of an individual from a community. For instance, rural communities in Kyrgyzstan still practice ashar, i.e. mutual aid through provision of plough cattle, tools or work to assist a family or a community as a whole. Fund-raising activities, such as charity marathons, gained acceptance in the Soviet and post-Soviet times, yet they quickly lost popularity because funds raised were not distributed transparently manner, and sometimes they were simply embezzled. Nonetheless, the tradition of granting aid to indigent people or the community still remains and, with due support, may gain a momentum for further development.

 

A research project named "Collection of traditional knowledge for rehabilitation of rational pasture use methods" was implemented in Kok-Oirok rural council in Keminsky District, Chui Oblast, by a local non-governmental organization, Rural Development Fund (RDF), during a year from July 2007 through June 2008.

 

This empowerment of the Council was supported by project sponsors, who decided to use the improved local capacity for the sake of a local community itself. This change was also reflected in the name of the Council, which became the Council of Kok-Oirok for restoration of traditional knowledge and community development.

 

This transformation has demonstrated that the community needs such an informal body or institution, and, most importantly, has proven that there are active community-minded people interested in the history of their native land, concerned with the aggravating condition of general natural resources, and anxious about the destiny of the local youth.

 

One of the initiatives proposed by the Council in its new capacity was the idea to celebrate the Day of Kok-Oirok, which was to become an annual feast and would serve global glue for those who live and come from the three villages of Kok-Oirok. Arrangements and scenario of the event were prepared. Moreover, efforts were made to identify potential sponsors both in and outside of Kok-Oirok, and funds were raised for celebration of the event.

 

Preparations for the Day of Kok-Oirok themselves united representatives of different strata and generations: businessmen, local self-government members, representatives of non-governmental organizations and all residents of the three communities of Kok-Oirok. Perhaps, it was for the first time in their lives that community members and those who come from Kok-Oirok had a chance to receive evidence that by joining their efforts they could do many interesting and useful things for their native land. In the process of preparations for the event, local residents and those who come from these communities continuously came up with new ideas and suggestions regarding implementation of projects of social significance to Kok-Oirok.

 

Assignment to the Council of Kok-Oirok for restoration of traditional knowledge and community development of the legal status of jamaat was yet another important event.

 

Kok-Oirok communities and the RDF hope that establishment of such an organization will result in a quantum leap in the community life. First, this will create a permanent local source of financing community-based social projects; second, communities will have real access to the decision-making process and improvement of the quality of their living; third, they will improve their capacity in efficient planning, support and implementation of social projects. In addition, when representatives of business, government and community get round the table for identification of the priority social problems and selection of the best project, the parties get better understanding of each other and develop the mechanisms of hands-on cooperation aimed at qualitative improvement of local community life.

 

Successful case of improving the life of local communities in Kok-Oirok at the cost of resources pooled by the community-based development fund and contributions of community members may act as a spur and a model for replication and development of community-based funds all over the country.

Rural Development Fund

143, Isanova Street, Office 1

Bishkek, 720033, Kyrgyz Republic

Mob. phone: +996 (770)330106 

Email: general@rdf.in.kg

© RDF 2008 - 2015


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