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Kyrgyz Republic is the second poorest country in central Asia with GDP per capita of $880. The economic base is narrow, fragile and dependent on remittances (which represented 35% of GDP in 2012), trade and transit. Social indicators are poor. Ethnic tension, often mobilised by political par ties and other groupings, has periodically derailed economic growth. The national poverty rate has reduced to 38%, but with negligible improvement since 2009. Economic and democratic gains have not been consolidated and risk reversal. After the 2010 revolution the Kyrgyz Republic established a Parliamentary Democracy, the only one in the former Soviet Central Asia. Political parties are not yet sufficiently familiar with this model to make it work efficiently. Robust debate and challenge between parties and factions within Parliament has contributed to delays in enacting much needed reforms.

Top priorities

  • promote stability and development through improved and more transparent public finance management, including anti-corruption activities, which will drive better delivery of social services
  • providing advice to parliamentarians on how to operate effectively within the fledgling parliamentary democracy and to hold government better to account for delivery of benefits to citizens
  • support for an improved business regulatory environment to encourage private sector investment and generate jobs

Further resources

DFID Operational Plan for Central Asia

Kyrgyzstan page on GOV.UK website

Key Info

  • Project budget approved for 2016/2017 More information about the total project budget £3,290,235
  • Project budget as % of DFID budget More information about the total project budget 0.03%
  • Active Projects 5
  • Population (source: UN): 5.33 million
  • % living below $1.90 per day (source: World Bank): 5.03%
  • Fertility rate (source: UN): 2.78
  • GDP growth rate (source: World Bank): 10.54%
Sector groups as a percentage of country budget More information about the sector groups
Project budget total by year More information about project funding
Budgets approved at a project level to date. This may be different from the overall operational plan budget for Kyrgyzstan.