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Kyrgyzstan has experienced more openness and democratic reforms since independence in 1991 than many of its neighbors. The country has navigated peaceful transitions of power through elections and has a vocal civil society and active media sector. At the same time, Kyrgyzstan has experienced significant political upheaval and faces anti-democratic pressures, some internal and some external. NDI has responded to requests from elected officials, political parties and civil society organizations for help in more effectively incorporating citizens’ concerns into policies.

NDI has partnered with MPs and their party factions to conduct public hearings and canvassing initiatives, establish constituency outreach offices, and participate in televised debates and discussion programs. Recent NDI programs have focused on building a network of civic organizers to identify local-level priorities and lead grassroots advocacy initiatives to influence local decision making.

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