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

Central Asia

Central Asian countries are connected by a shared Soviet legacy and mutual security challenges. These include police corruption, ethnic tensions and violence against women. Political and ethnic tensions can flare up into full conflict, such as in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 when hundreds of people were killed in clashes in the south of the country.

Saferworld has been active in Central Asia since 2009. We have offices in Bishkek and Osh, and programmes in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. We help build trust and improve services by bringing people and security providers together. We encourage accountability and cooperation between communities and authorities to ensure that people’s security needs are addressed, and work on addressing women and youth concerns.

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