In 2010, tensions between the Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities in southern Kyrgyzstan exploded, resulting in 400 deaths and the temporary displacement of over 400,000 people. To promote healing and prevent future outbreaks of interethnic violence, in 2015, the U.S. Institute of Peace supported Legacy International to engage stakeholders in the Kyrgyz government in a comprehensive dialogue process to officially adopt and implement the Living Side by Side Peacebuilding program at a national level. This social cohesion and leadership program built participants’ capacity to understand and accept differences, and provided them the tools to bridge the interethnic divide. An independent evaluation of this program showed that it fostered a reduction in prejudice and increased feelings of openness towards youth of different ethnicities. Focus group discussions also revealed an enthusiasm for conflict prevention and resolution skills which can provide young people the tools to prevent future outbreaks of violent interethnic conflict.
In 2015, the U.S. Institute of Peace made a $65,880 grant to Legacy International to engage stakeholders in the Kyrgyz government in a comprehensive dialogue process to officially adopt and implement the Living Side by Side peacebuilding program at a national level.
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