The World Bank Group has been a reliable partner of the Kyrgyz Republic for 20 years, aiming at improving lives of the Kyrgyz people.
Besides a variety of investment projects, the World Bank provided large amounts of budget support in the first years of Kyrgyz membership to ensure that essential public services such as education, social protection and healthcare would continue to function.
The World Bank, in conjunction with the development partners supports implementation of the Manas Taalimi and Den-Sooluk Programs to ensure sufficient and reliable financing for the health sector and more accessible medical services.
Through several education support projects, the World Bank has helped to improve the learning conditions as well as quality of teaching in schools across the country.
Kyrgyzstan is a rural country with agriculture ensuring employment for half of the working population. The Bank supported a number of vital reforms which today greatly facilitate agricultural growth and increase incomes of private farmers.
Under several projects the World Bank supported the establishment of 449 pasture users’ unions, 272 community seed funds, 450 water users’ associations, and rehabilitation of 122,000 hectares of irrigation schemes.
Agricultural Investments and Services Project made a significant contribution to the improvement of animal health, helped to increase livestock productivity and reduce diseases among the people.
Over the last ten years, the World Bank has been the key donor providing assistance in the rehabilitation of the irrigation system. Under new projects the Bank continues providing support in improving the irrigation infrastructure and to water users associations.
More than 9800 community micro projects have been implemented in 475 ayil okmotu across the country since the commencement of the Rural Investment Project. These Bank-financed micro projects cover various areas - from erecting street lights to the repair of bridges and medical stations, setting up computer centers to building machine and tractor stations and reconstructing schools and kindergartens.
The World Bank supports development of the transport infrastructure in the Kyrgyz Republic through the National Roads Rehabilitation Project, which has rehabilitated about 50 km of the Osh-Batken-Isfana highway and repaired roads within Osh and Jalal-Abad cities.
A system for the registration of rights in immovable property developed under the Land and Real Estate Registration Project allowed to improve access to information about lands, reduce the cost of sales transactions furthering thereby development of the land and real estate market.
Under Small Town Infrastructure and Capacity Building Project basic water supply and sanitation systems were rehabilitated; 22 towns received specialized equipment to improve solid waste management. Further development of the small towns will be based on the strengthening of the local self governance system.
Bishkek and Osh Urban Infrastructure Project is aimed at improving the living conditions of the residents of semi-informal settlements, through extending access to potable water, rehabilitating roads and financing communities’ small-scale investments.
The World Bank financed the Flood Emergency Project which installed river bank levees on 10 rivers thereby protecting 23 villages and 3 rayon centers.
The World Bank has been providing support to the Kyrgyz Republic in introducing modern integrated payment and transaction systems. The Payments and Banking System Modernization Project contributed to the creation of the ElKart national payment system card with country-wide service network.
As a result of the World Bank’s assistance to the Power Plants JSC, during the last three winter seasons additional thermal power output at the Bishkek Combined Heat Plant (CHP) increased by 103 GW/h (50%), additional heat output reached 300 thousand Gcal, and the Bishkek CHP boilers’ output available increased by 320 Gcal/h.
With the consultative support of the World Bank and other donors, the Kyrgyz Republic received full Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Compliance status in March 2011.
The World Bank administers a significant number of Trust Funds financed by other donors. Currently, the portfolio of Trust Funds has a total value of over $ 60 million in grants.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a member of the World Bank Group. IFC provides investments and advisory services to build the private sector focusing on financial and banking sectors development, micro-, small and medium enterprises growth, and investments in real sector, mining and agribusiness.
Between 1996 and 2011, through the annual Civil Society Fund Program the World Bank supported 158 civil society initiatives, awarding small grants totaling US$ 470 000.
Slideshow - The World Bank in the Kyrgyz Republic: 20 Years of Partnership
The slideshow presents the 20-year partnership between the Kyrgyz Republic and the World Bank.