Local governments - is not just a form of public authority organizations to address issues of local importance.
LSG bodies are very close to the population and know all their needs best of all, especially of the vulnerable citizens. LSG bodies are considering a variety of issues, not only those described in the Law on Local Self-Government. Apart from the traditional issues like waste and water supply, LSG bodies mandated to handle local community development issues like development of culture, sport and leisure activities for local youth, women and old people, promotion of local community to be informed in different areas. However, LSG bodies are lack of human resources (competent specialists in all fields) and time, in order to consider all above-mentioned issues. Here, non- governmental organizations could provide assistance to LSG bodies in addressing social issues of communities through public (municipal) social procurement system. Herewith, LSG bodies are customers of the procurement; through signing the agreement on the implementation of the state social procurement, they become responsible for the implementation of the social projects.
Partnership between NGO and LSG in addressing priority issues of local communities based on municipal social procurement (GIZ, 2013-2015)
Funding: The project of GIZ (German Society for Technical Cooperation) to support civil society
Implementation: Development Policy Institute
Location: 12 municipalities of Jalal-Abad, Talas and Batken oblasts of the Kyrgyz Republic
The main goal of the project is to propose and test new forms and methods of collaboration between NGO and local self-governments through municipal (state) social procurement in the 12 municipalities of the Kyrgyz Republic to address issues in social sphere.
The entire project is estimated to be implemented within 12-18 months (started in September 2013) taking into account the following processes: cycle of identifying priority issues, formation and implementation of the municipal (social) procurement, formation of monitoring and evaluation and description of the obtained experience. Thus, the projects is divided into the three logical parts, which are implemented within two phases.
Prior to launch of the project, Kyrgyzstan had a legislative framework for implementation of social procurement, including the Law "On state social procurement", which adopted in July 21, 2008. However, only one state authority - the Ministry of Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic (MSD), applied the Law. While the Law on SSP of the Kyrgyz Republic envisaged the possibility for implementing the SSP in almost all spheres, covering a variety of socially oriented ministries and departments, as well as local self-governments. Unfortunately, except for MSD, none of the other ministries, departments and LSG utilized this mechanism.
With that, it was obvious that vulnerable groups in the community needed social services in the same or a neighboring municipality, and not only in the rayon or oblast centers. The project had a challenge to find out how local self-governments and civil society organizations are able to work together to meet the needs of vulnerable groups in social services.
In the first phase with the duration of not more than 9 months, the following steps are taken:
In the second phase, the Project Executor solved the following issues:
Project Manager - Dobretsova Nadezhda (NDobretsova@dpi.kg)