Today, at an international donors’ conference organized by the World Bank in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, the United States announced a pledge of $48.6 million to assist the people and the government of the Kyrgyz Republic in meeting challenges presented by recent events. The total amount pledged by all donors represented at the conference was more than $1.1 billion. The total figure included U.S. planned bilateral assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic of $47 million in FY 2010 and $42 million requested for FY 2011 in addition to the newly pledged $48.6 million.
In the aftermath of the events of April 7, and in response to the tragic violence that occurred in the southern regions of the Kyrgyz Republic in early June, the United States has significantly expanded humanitarian, stabilization and technical assistance to both governmental and non-governmental organizations. Humanitarian assistance, valued at $4.1 million, provided by the United States to victims of April and June violence is in addition to the $48.6 million pledge.
The pledged funds will be directed to meeting immediate humanitarian needs, providing assistance to displaced and returning families, and addressing the roots of the conflict through community development and conflict mitigation programs in the southern regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. All funding provided by the United States will be closely aligned to needs identified in the recent World Bank Joint Economic Assessment. The U.S. pledge includes: