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Constructive dialogues on religion and democracy in Kyrgyzstan

This project supports open public discourse and communication about religion and democracy in Kyrgyzstan.

This includes the freedom of religion and belief, the role of religion in people’s lives, the interrelation between state and religious institutions, and state policies on religion.

We have established a platform on religious–secular dialogue, comprising of religious leaders, scholars, civil society members, journalists and government officials, which meets every six months to discuss key issues on religion and democracy in the country and to identify knowledge gaps. This will be followed by roundtable discussions with policy-makers.

We are improving the ability of youth peer mentors and other young people to articulate arguments and conduct discussions on religion and democracy by training youth peer mentors on leadership and dialogue facilitation, which they will use to organise discussion groups in their provinces. And we are training 1,500 clergymen on the issues of inter-confessional tolerance and harmony in a democratic society.

We also support research to help the experts and young people better contribute to policies and counter narratives that fuel suspicion, mistrust and conflict.