Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Brief

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This is a regular series of notes highlighting recent analyses, good practices, and lessons learned from the development work program of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region.

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    Applying Community of Practice Peer-to-Peer Learning Approach in Rural Kyrgyzstan
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2018-05) Saetova, Lilia; Uulu, Zhanybek Ybraiym; Kisunko, Gregory
    Lack of financial resources prompted many LSG to seek effective ways to mobilize and utilize local resources to improve living standards of the population, however, there was no platform to share best practices with other LSG. The project has assisted the Government in establishing such platform, collecting and sharing best practices. SUPPL – a demand-driven, recipient-executedproject designed based on successful pilots. An earlier pilot project confirmed a significantunmet demand for the Public Finance Management (PFM) capacity building of rural municipal servants and elected officials, and showed a good fit with the innovative peer-to-peer (PTP) learning approach. To satisfy this unmet demand, the Bank jointly with the Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Local Self-Government and Interethnic Relations (SALSGIR) and with support from the KyrgyzMinistry of Finance (MoF) implemented a project with USD 1.1 million recipient executed grant through the ECA PFM Trust Fund. The project envisaged development and implementation of the PTP learning platform to engage all 453 rural LSG in the country. The main development objective of theSUPPL project, which became effective on June 19, 2015, was to support the Government in establishing countrywide Communities of Practice (COPs) of LSG financial officers, elected heads of LSG units and budget committee chairpersons of local councils. The project supported the use of the COP platform to increase capacity of the respective LSG representatives through innovative PTP learning approach.