Kyrgyz Street Law Programs to Begin Independent Operation

Participants from the sustainability workshop discuss organizational development of the Kyrgyz street law program.

November 2009 

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is working toward a smooth transition to local centers operation of its Kyrgyz street law programs by February 2010. Over eight years of programming, ABA ROLI helped establish and operate five street law centers throughout the country.

Each of the centers and their staff have obtained the operational capacity and experience necessary to continue the street law programs independently. Moreover, their relationships with stakeholders and local communities are considerable and will allow them to grow in both student volume and esteem. The centers are illustrative of ABA ROLI’s emphasis on building local capacity and sustainable programs.

ABA ROLI will continue its technical support to the centers by conducting in-house assessments of the centers’ needs. Additionally, ABA ROLI will continue organizing capacity- and institution-building workshops. From October 25–26, ABA ROLI conducted the first of three planned sustainability workshops, which addressed organizational development. Representatives of partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and universities attended the workshop, along with street law center directors and assistants. The events provided in-depth information about NGO establishment and development, while identifying and discussing the challenges that new or existing NGOs face.

To learn more about our work in Kyrgyzstan, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>.

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