SPaN (2019) Case Study: Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyzstan case study was produced as part of the “Guidance Package on Social Protection across the Humanitarian-Development Nexus” (SPaN). It is the outcome of an initiative jointly led by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and Directorate- General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR) with the support of DEVCO Unit 04 and the MKS programme.The interim government appealed for international assistance to deal with the humanitarian consequences and established coordination centres for humanitarian assistance in Osh and Bishkek. Most refugees and internally displaced people were able to return to their homes within a month, however they faced a range of humanitarian needs due to destruction of property and disruption of livelihood strategies2. Those injured also needed support for their healthcare needs. Families with children (an estimated 2 300 people) were in great need of support3. UNICEF took the lead in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Education Clusters, and the Gender Based Violence, Child Protection and Nutrition Sub-Clusters.