Project Scope and Structure
In 2015-2016, ICF led the World Bank Building Urban Resilience to Disasters in the Kyrgyz Republic. This was an 18-month capacity building assignment assisting Bishkek Municipality and the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Communal Services (Gosstroi), and the Ministry of Emergency Situations in integrating disaster resilience – notably earthquake resilience – in urban management, planning and housing construction.
The project was structured around 4 tasks:
- Analysis of the Kyrgyz planning system and trends in spatial expansion. This included an assessment of the trends and drivers of spatial expansion in Bishkek and 4 other Kyrgyz cities (Osh, Balykchy, Toktogul and Suluktu);
- Analysis of the Kyrgyz disaster risk management system and its application at the local level;
- Analysis of the institutional framework regulating housing design and construction;
- Capacity building activities to start a policy dialogue with the Kyrgyz Government for the enhancement of the urban planning system.
The project was designed as a capacity building assignment triggering a high level policy dialogue with the Kyrgyz Government around urban planning and disaster risk management. The emphasis of the program was on promoting institutional and policy reform in order to improve the legal and institutional framework governing disaster risk management.
The assignment achieved its objective of engaging the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Gosstroi, Bishkek Municipality and the NPDRR in a high level policy dialogue around urban planning and disaster risk management. Through the various workshops involved, relevant stakeholders identified institutional and policy gaps for system enhancement and improving institutional linkages in disaster risk management. Constant stakeholder engagement allowed the formation of road maps as a first basis for policy reform and transformative change.