In Bishkek, a workshop on the theme of “Improving Business Processes for the Implementation of State Social Order in State Bodies” is being held for the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education, Culture and Sports under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. Over the course of two days, members of the working group established under the Agency and consisting of key employees of the department and representatives of the Public Council will develop the first draft of the state social order program (SSO).
During the working meeting Mirlan Parkhanov, Deputy Director of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, expressed his hope that the draft program will be of high quality, and urged his colleagues to actively join in the work.
Today, we have good analysis in terms of a youth development and welfare index, which can form the basis for the development of the SSO program. This will include the most important youth priorities in the country.
Executive director of the Civic Participation Foundation Erkina Ubysheva is certain that one of the common goals of civil society and state bodies in the country is to increase the effectiveness of public policy and confidence in state bodies. The new version of the Law “On State Social Order” allows broadening forms of interaction between authorities and NGOs, which contributes to strengthening the partnership between government, civil society and the private sector.
Varied approaches will promote more efficient use of budgetary funds, as well as improve the quality of citizens’ lives. Of course, there were purchases earlier, but now they are implemented in one package. The fact that the Agency has now carried out a study on the youth development and welfare index is precisely the priority of our youth, which underlies the program approach to management and program budgeting. In this case, public procurement is not decentralized. And this is very beneficial from the point of view of understanding how the state social orders affects the results of the agency itself.
Aida Kurbanova, manager of the Civic Participation Foundation, is a member of the Public Council of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports. She knows firsthand about the priority areas in the field of youth policy in Kyrgyzstan.
The fact is that the new law on state social orders says that before starting a social order in a government body, a program based on priority problems must first be drawn up. The starting point for the state social order is the youth development and welfare index. In addition, in the Government’s strategic documents on the development of youth policy, the “Sport Kyrgyzstan” program and the results of the index study will form the starting point as strategic documents for the development of the state social order program.
The two-day program is comprehensive. Over the course of two days the working group members will learn from experts about the international practice of implementing the state social orders in the youth policy sphere, and discuss state social orders in program budgeting. Based on the seminar results, the working group hopes to determine mechanisms of the state social order in the department for the implementation of the youth policy in Kyrgyzstan. In addition, it would like to develop the first draft of the state social order program. The current plan is that by the end of the year the state social order program will be finalized and discussed at public hearings, and that in 2018 the Agency will be ready to launch a state social order on young people’s priority problems and interests.
The event is part of the Partnership for Innovation-P4I program supported by USAID, which is being implemented by the Association for the Development of Civil Society ARGO, together with key partners in Central Asia and Azerbaijan.