AGOCA

Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities (AGOCA) is an association of mountain villages in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, founded in 2003 with support from the Central Asian Mountain Partnership (CAMP). The creation of AGOCA was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The Alliance initially consisted of 10 pilot villages represented by the Territorial Public Self-Governments (TPS)—public associations in the villages across three Central Asian countries. Today, 40 TPS are members of AGOCA: 19 in Kyrgyzstan, 14 in Tajikistan, and 7 in Kazakhstan. AGOCA’s work in each of the three countries is coordinated by a Board comprised of a President, Vice President, and one TPS member representative per country. The AGOCA Secretary manages projects at the national level.

The mission of AGOCA is to promote sustainable development of mountain regions in Central Asia and improve the living conditions of the local population.

AGOCA’s activities aim to increase the awareness and capacity of rural residents through conducting training programmes and supporting participants’ sharing of experience. AGOCA also fosters partnership relations with other organisations working in mountain regions around the world, including the Alpine Alliance and Mountain Partnership.