Jalal-Abad - 17. July 2023

Applying the principles of inclusive development in the practice of local self-governance

The Swiss government-funded “Public Service Improvement” project conducted a series of successful trainings from July 10th to 14th, 2023, in the Jalal-Abad region of Kyrgyzstan. This program, jointly implemented by Helvetas and the Development Policy Institute, focused on the principles of inclusive development as it relates to local self-governance in pilot Ayil Okmotu - local self-government executive body - of Aksy, Suzak, Toguz-Torou, Bazar-Korgon, Nooken, Ala-Buka, Toktogul, and Chatkal districts of Jalal-Abad region

The training was attended by local community leaders, government representatives, and delegates from village councils. Participants were immersed in interactive sessions, practical exercises, and discussions on sustainable and inclusive development and its significant influence on overall economic growth. The training’s primary objective was to help participants integrate inclusive measures into their Social and Economic Development Program (SEDP).

“The concept of inclusive growth is not only about supporting vulnerable populations through subsidies. It’s about broadening their economic opportunities, leveraging their potential, and empowering as many people as possible to transcend social vulnerability,” said Altynai Moldoeva, a project specialist on gender and social inclusion and knowledge management.

One of the key takeaways from the training is the pivotal role of community involvement in decision-making processes and identifying priority areas for territorial development. Participants agreed that increasing civic participation is a fundamental element in the successful implementation of inclusive development policies.

The broader discussion during the training sessions also emphasized the distinction between the standard of living and the quality of life. While the former is measurable in economic terms, the latter is more complex and encompasses intangible aspects, including human dignity and freedom for creativity and self-expression.

“We firmly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to socio-economic development while also satisfying both their basic and higher-order needs. This is a hallmark of a successful community,” Moldoeva added.

The Public Service Improvement project is a Swiss government-funded initiative implemented jointly by Helvetas and the Development Policy Institute. The project supports local self-governance bodies in developing and implementing policies and practices that promote inclusive and sustainable development in their communities.