RDF research and approaches in the development of rural institutions

Sociological study of the degree of affiliation of the network of the Agricultural Advisory Service to farmers in Kyrgyzstan

This hands-on study of 700 people using quantitative survey and qualitative research was conducted in 2006. This study was conducted with the aim of analyzing and assessing the degree to which the Rural Advisory Service (RAS) belongs to farmers through the prism of their own perception. RDF conducted in-depth interviews (polls) with the participation of more than 600 people from 97 villages in all regions of Kyrgyzstan. The survey participants were selected by random selection. In addition, a variety of materials were reviewed by the research team, including bylaws, policy documents, reports, guidelines, instructions, and council meeting minutes. These materials helped to understand RAS procedures related to farmer ownership and to see how they are understood and implemented in practice.
The study was carried out with financial support from the Swiss Development Corporation.

Rapid Public Awareness Survey on Avian Influenza in the Kyrgyz Republic
The main objectives of the express survey, which was attended by 1,100 people, were:
- providing officials and organizations involved in the prevention and control of avian influenza, an overall picture of public awareness of this phenomenon;
- identifying sources of information that are most trusted and considered effective;
- finding out what channels of information can be used to transmit information in the pre-pandemic and pandemic stages.

This study was prepared for the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2006.

Sociological survey on the project "Rural water supply and sanitation"
This study was carried out in order to clarify the situation with regard to the provision of the rural population with clean drinking water, the state of sanitary conditions and the observance of hygiene measures related to the use of clean water. The main components of the study were:
- Availability of services (water sources, distance of water, state of water supply);
- Quality of services (quality of water: taste, smell, presence of microorganisms in it, etc.);
- The ability of the population to pay for water supply services, the willingness of the population to pay for services to improve rural water supply;
- Social activity of the poor and vulnerable groups of the population and equal access to clean water for all segments of the population;
- Hygiene and sanitation, that is, the use of soap in the household and the observance of hygiene measures in order to prevent diseases associated with poor-quality water and poor hygiene and sanitation.

The study was carried out with financial support from the UK Department for International Development.
Rural institutional development