Photo credit: Karen Wykurz/Saferworld
Photo credit: Karen Wykurz/Saferworld


A former Soviet republic of six million, Kyrgyzstan faces many underlying threats to long-term peace and security. Among them are weak governance and institutions, political instability, poor access to justice, violence against women and girls, ethnic tensions, a perceived increase in political and religious intolerance, and disputes over borders, water and land.

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Saferworld has been working in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 to improve cooperation and understanding between ethnic groups, communities, the police and local authorities. Together with our partners, we develop networks to address issues which affect people’s security. We also advocate to government officials and civil society for improved policies and services for conflict-affected communities and for effective conflict prevention.   

Our work focuses in particular on women and young people – who are often left out of decision-making processes.

In Kyrgyzstan we are working on:

Building safer communities – we work to address the causes of violence in Kyrgyzstan.

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Gender, peace and security – we promote gender equality and challenge harmful stereotypes.

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Empowering young people – we work with youth from different backgrounds to ensure that their concerns are addressed.

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