Starting in 2004, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) has rendered technical assistance to the universities of Kyrgyzstan in introducing a new course on NGO Law into the academic curriculum.
The International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) and the Specialist Purposeful Preparation Institution (SPPI) were among the first universities of Kyrgyzstan to include the NGO Law course into their academic curriculum. In 2005 and 2006, the NGO Law course was officially included into the academic curriculum of such leading universities as the Kyrgyz State Law Academy, the Kyrgyz National University and the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University.
Since the proliferation of the NGO Law course throughout Kyrgyzstan, the universities of Kyrgyzstan have been in strong need of teaching materials for the course. In response to this need, and to provide the courses with some measure of consistency, ICNL, in addition to training teachers and helping to develop curriculum, initiated the development of a textbook on NGO Law.
Along with ICNL consultants, the leading professionals and practitioners from Kyrgyzstan have been included in the authorship of the textbook. Both theoretical and practical materials, including ICNL’s research materials, were used in developing the textbook.
On June 28, 2006, a representative from each of the six universities of Kyrgyzstan was presented with 25 published copies of the textbook.