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World Bank JSDF Seminar “Kyrgyz Republic Livelihoods For Youth (L4Y) Community Support Project”

June 14, 2023
Tokyo, Japan

Many women in the Kyrgyz Republic lack equal or similar opportunities to earn income compared to men. In 2022, labor force participation for women was 44.1 percent compared to 74.5 percent for men, and substantial gender gaps remain in entrepreneurship and wages, with women earning only 75 percent of what men earn. Women in the Kyrgyz Republic face multiple barriers to paid employment and starting businesses, including lack of STEM and other skills in high demand, lack of training and access to credit, legal barriers, expectations to provide unpaid care work and other household responsibilities, in addition to restrictive social norms on women’s roles and value in the workplace.

To tackle these challenges, the Livelihoods for Youth (L4Y) Community Support Project, which received financing from the Japan Social Development Fund and was implemented by the Aga Khan Foundation, financed small social and economic infrastructure investments in communities, as well as capacity building and technical support to youth and youth-led enterprises, which are also helping to support economic infrastructure investments under the World Bank-funded CASA-1000 Community Support Project.

At this seminar, the task team from the World Bank and the implementing agency Aga Khan Foundation shared the experiences through this project.


4pm-5:30pm, Wednesday June 14, 2023 (Japan Standard Time)
*Hybrid format (participation at the WB Tokyo Office or online via Webex)


Maitreyi Das
Director, Trust Funds and Partner Relations, World Bank

Shin Yamamoto
Deputy Director, MDBs Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance

Luiza Nora
Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Aida Bolotbekova
Agha Khan Foundation  

Arslan Miiashev
Agha Khan Foundation

Yolanda Azarcon
PHRD and JSDF Administrator, World Bank

Koichi Omori
Senior External Affairs Officer, World Bank

Presentation material

Livelihoods for Youth (L4Y) Community Support Project (PDF)

Related material(Inforgraphic)

Livelihoods for Youth Community Support Program "L4Y"(PDF)


  • DATE/TIME: 4pm-5:30pm, Wednesday June 14, 2023 (JST)
  • VENUE: World Bank Tokyo Office (TDLC), 14th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below)
  • FORMAT: Hybrid (pre-registration required for both online and in-person participation)
  • LANGUAGE: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation available)
  • CONTACT: Koichi Omori, World Bank Tokyo