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Risks of natural disasters in Central Asia: how to move from response to prevention?

The forthcoming meeting of the Heads of disaster management authorities of the Central Asian states, which will be held on April 27, 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan - is a good reason to set sights once…  


Kazakhstan – bridging the developmental assistance

I started having an interest in development about ten years ago, when I first travelled to study in Canada. The simple image of the world shaped by my life in Kazakhstan was shattered and completely…  


One brick at a time from the wall of red tape: what we’ve learned while making public services easier and more accessible

To get up to speed with the changes of the post-Soviet time shortly after it gained independence Kazakhstan launched a presidential scholarship program “Bolashak” for international study. Its goal was…  


Easy ways of consuming less – it’s all in the habits

When I was a child and then a teenager Kazakhstan was transiting from a centrally planned economy to a free market. Bounty and Snickers chocolates moved from TV commercials on the screens at home and…  


Reducing the risk of disaster

Disaster preparedness is a real concern in Kazakhstan, where there is a strong risk of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, striking at any time. A significant proportion of the territory of…  


Preserving biological diversity

Kazakhstan is ramping up efforts to conserve its biological diversity by creating protected zones for the flora and fauna found across its vast landmass. As the human race encroaches ever more on…  

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