About 200 people from all over Kyrgyzstan exchanged experience on innovative ideas for development

March 16, 2021

Online workshops “Citizen-Empowered Community Development” covered more than 200 innovators from all around Kyrgyzstan.

Accelerator Labs of UNDP in Kyrgyzstan held a series of online workshops “Citizen-Empowered Community Development”. The events took place from 10 to 11 March 2021. This initiative was implemented by the Accelerator Lab UNDP Kyrgyzstan and the UNDP project "Digital skills and youth employment opportunities in the digital economy in the Kyrgyz Republic " with financial support from the Russian Federation.

More than 200 people attended online workshops in 2 days. Workshops were conducted in Kyrgyz and Russian languages. The main goal was to inform the participants about innovative and technological development solutions that are already being applied in the regions of the country. On the first day of the workshop, Ms. Viktoria Petrova, Head of Exploration, and Mr. Urmat Takirov, Head of Solutions Mapping, presented the basic principles of the UNDP Accelerator Lab.

Speakers were presented by Ms. Aijan Chynybaeva, a civic activist and Vice-Mayor of Bishkek; Mr. Akhmet Makaev, co-founder of the “Dem” platform; Mr. Aidar Kubanychbekov, chairperson of the “Elim, Barsynby?!”; Mr. Timur Mone, founder of the IT school “Jyldyz Academy” and other. Presentations for Day 1 and Day 2 are available via link. 

The event was streamed on Facebook, reaching out to more people.

The activities consisted of theoretical and practical parts. In the first part of the workshops, speakers made presentations and answered questions from participants in a panel discussion format. And in the second part, the participants, together with the speakers, generated ideas for the communities’ development on the Mural platform.

At the workshops, participants learned more about the context of problems in the regions of the country and were inspired by ideas for possible solutions through open discussions with experts from various fields. Some of the participants and speakers of the workshop later took part in the online hackathon #DevelopMyCommunity, which took place in Bishkek on March 13 and 14, 2021

Some of the participants and speakers later took part in the online hackathon #DevelopMyCommunity

About UNDP Accelerator Labs

Accelerator Lab is launched at the initiative of the United Nations Development Program jointly with the Qatar Development Fund and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany. Accelerator Lab is designed to harness local innovation to create actionable insights and reimagine sustainable development in the 21st century. The Accelerator Lab Network is the largest and fastest-growing knowledge and development network of 92 Accelerator Laboratories in 116 countries, including a newly established laboratory in the Kyrgyz Republic.

As a member of the global knowledge network, the UNDP Accelerator Lab in the Kyrgyz Republic opened with internal UNDP funding at the end of 2020, will regularly share its discoveries and ideas arising from the analysis of the development problems of our country.

Contact Information:

Chyntemir Kalbaev,

Communications Assistant, UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic