Our Projects

In support of national development objectives, we design and implement projects or specific time-bound development interventions that are meant to attain designated results in line with Country Programme Document through a set of planned, interrelated activities. We implement our projects in different regions of Kazakhstan to help mitigate the negative impacts of the transition period on people's lives. In this context, we closely cooperate with the Government at the central and local levels, non-governmental organizations and civil society at large.

Poverty Reduction

  • Strengthening of the Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities and Development of the Special Social Services Provision System

    While the general economic situation and the attention to human rights has improved the issue regarding the rights of persons with disabilities is generally left unattended. The Government of Kazakhstan has signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is considering ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention. In this context, UNDP provides support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population within the project “Strengthening the Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities and Development of Special Social Services Provision System”, with cofinancing from Government of Kazakhstan and the UK Embassy. This cooperation includes an in-depth study of challenges encountered by people with disabilities, and the subsequent formulation of a national program for social inclusion of people with disabilities.

  • Taking into account common sector and geographical priorities of development, UNDP and the Government of Finland have started a long term partnership in trade-related development assistance to countries of Western CIS, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The project aims to foster economic growth in the region through promotion of trade and the enhancement of each country’s competitiveness. In Kazakhstan the project is implemented in East-Kazakhstan oblast. An analysis of the needs for enterpreneurship development and microfinancing, and for environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production was carried out. Based on this the project will deliver consulting services for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on trade, export and microfinancing issues in order to expend production and increase processing.

  • Taking into account common sector and geographical priorities of development, UNDP and the Government of Finland have started a long term partnership in trade-related development assistance to countries of Western CIS, South Caucasus and Central Asia. The project aims to foster economic growth in the region through promotion of trade and the enhancement of each country’s competitiveness. In Kazakhstan the project is implemented in East-Kazakhstan oblast. An analysis of the needs for enterpreneurship development and microfinancing, and for environmentally friendly technologies and green commodity production was carried out. Based on this the project will deliver consulting services for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on trade, export and microfinancing issues in order to expend production and increase processing.

  • Raising Competitiveness of the Region through Innovative Approaches to Regional Planning and Social Services (using Semey as an example)

    New joint initiative “Raising Competitiveness of the Region through Innovative Approaches to Regional Planning and Social Services (using Semey as an example)” is aimed at improvement of quality of life of the population and advance progress towards Millennium Development Goals achievement in East Kazakhstan oblast, in particular in the districts severely hit by nuclear tests at the former Semey nuclear site. This joint programme presented by UNDP, UNICEF, UNV and UNFPA takes into account the situation analysis of the population wellbeing and development of the acutely affected East Kazakhstan oblast, evaluation of the previous programmes and recommendations on improving the cooperation.

Democratic Governance

  • he project aims at improving the system of provision of public services and public administration performance assessment. The Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning of Republic of Kazakhstan and Administration of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan will be assisted in further public administration reform through developing the sector of public service delivery and improving the public administration assessment.

  • The project's aim is to strengthen responsive governing institutions by assisting the Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning and the Administration of the President in improving efficient public administration system through developing the sector of public service delivery and public administration assessment.

  • The Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana (ACSH), an initiative of the Government of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Development Programme, was established in March 2013 when 25 countries and 5 international organizations unanimously adopted the ACSH’s Founding Declaration.

Environment and Energy

  • UNDP / GEF and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan Project “NIP update, integration of POPs into national planning and promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazakhstan”

    The objective of the project is the transformation of Kazakhstan market towards the energy efficient lighting technologies and gradual replacement of inefficient lighting equipment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Steppe Conservation and Management

    The goal of the project is to conserve the globally significant steppe biodiversity of Kazakhstan by including steppe ecosystems in the protected areas system as well as using planning tools for steppe ecosystems in Irgiz, Torgai and Zhylanshyk river basins.

  • The project “Removing barriers to energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply” is to lay the foundation for sustainable development of energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply systems in Kazakhstan.

  • The issue of unused or buried equipment containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) is a critical one in terms of health security in Kazakhstan. Polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, are due to their harmful effects and tendency for long-range environmental transport included in the Stockholm Convention of globally managed POPs.

  • Kazakhstan’s energy sector accounts for about 80% of total emissions, 90% of which comes from power and heat generation. At this point, residential sector is the third-leading energy consumer in the country after the energy and manufacturing sectors, and, consequently, represents one of the largest sectors of GHG emissions. Buildings, primarily residential, account for 13.5% of power and 24% of heat demand. Taking into account official projections and expected fast growth of housing construction, energy efficiency becomes a national strategic priority for Kazakhstan.

  • Climate variability and change impacts (including climate-related disasters) and their inherent complexity are likely to pose considerable risks to important economic drivers, human welfare and the environment of Kazakhstan.

  • City Almaty Sustainable Transport

    Kazakhstan is the largest GHG emitter in Central Asia with annual emissions of 243 MtCO2e. The transport sector is its fastest growing source of CO2 emissions projected to increase from 9 MtCO2/yr in 2008 up to 22 MtCO2/yr in 2012 and 36 MtCO2/yr in 2020.

  • he goal of the project is to improve the biodiversity monitoring system by means of creation of a database using GIS-technologies.

  • National Biodiversity Planning to Support the implementation of the CBD 2011-2020 Strategic Plan in Republic of Kazakhstan

    Republic of Kazakhstanhas been Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since October 1995. The project addresses the country’s need to continue to fulfill its obligations under the CBD, with particular focus on the Convention’s Article 6 and the CBD COP Decision X/2.

  • The project will demonstrate the implications of climate risk to the region’s food security, and will work to ensure that climate change adaptation becomes pivotal in agricultural decision-making processes at the regional, national and local levels.

  • Kazakhstan took a decision to transform its economy into sustainable Green Economy, thus aiming at implementing a completely new development paradigm. The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the long-term environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic development of Kazakhstan through introduction of modern environmental governance system, state-of-the-art water management policies and practices, enhanced environmental impact assessment procedures and economic incentives for sustainable use of water resources.

  • Development of Kazakhstan’s National Communication to the UNFCCC and Biennial Report

    Целью проекта является преобразование казахстанского рынка в сторону энергоэффективных осветительных технологий и постепенная замена неэффективного осветительного оборудования в целях снижения выбросов парниковых газов.

  • Joint EU/UNDP/UNECE project “Supporting Kazakhstan’s Transition to a Green Economy Model”

    Казахстаном было принято знаковое решение по переходу к модели «зеленой экономики» с целью реализации качественно новой парадигмы развития. Проект внесет вклад в осуществление Концепции зеленой экономики Казахстана с фокусом на: водный сектор и изменение климата; демонстрацию быстрых и практических решений посредством пилотных действий. В рамках проекта будут разработаны соответствующие политические, законодательные и нормативно-правовые рекомендации, предложены конкретные механизмы стимулирования устойчивого развития управления водными ресурсами, методические подходы и инструменты, а также возможные решения технологических и инфраструктурных задач. Некоторые рекомендации найдут практическое применение в рамках программы грантов для реализации демонстрационных проектов в области управления водными ресурсами.

  • The aim of “Building Transformative Policy and Financing Frameworks to Increase Investment in Biodiversity Management (BIOFIN)” project is to build policy and develop new biodiversity and ecosystems financing mechanisms in order to address financing gap.