The Seminar on Capacity Building and Networking for Civil Servants and NGO Representatives was held in Astana on July 9-13.

A week-long Capacity Building and Networking Seminar for Civil Servants and NGO Representatives from Afghanistan took place in Astana on July 9-13. The seminar was conducted in the framework of the joint project “Promoting Kazakhstan’s Official Development Assistance Cooperation with Afghanistan”. This project is run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Embassy of Japan to Kazakhstan, and is supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project’s aim is two-fold: firstly, to provide Kazakhstan with a unique opportunity to actively participate in the development and implementation of the project of Official Development Assistance (ODA). Secondly, to make a fair contribution to further development of Afghanistan by expanding economic independence and rights of Afghan women.

During the seminar, 24 representatives from Afghanistan were introduced to Kazakhstan’s political system and civil service, learnt about the ways of combatting corruption and promoting civil service excellence, got acquainted with the foundations of gender responsive budgeting, and mastered their understanding of tackling common challenges. The participants learnt from the top experts both in Kazakhstan and globally: Alikhan Baimenov, the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Regional Hub of Civil Service, Reina Ichii, international leading expert on gender related budgeting, Aigul Solovieva, the President of Regional Development and Local Administration Fund “Aimak”, Raushan Sarsembayeva, the Chairperson of the Association of Business Women of Kazakhstan, Eldar Idiyatov the Head of the Center for Assessing Efficiency of State Organizations, and senior lecturers from Nazarbayev University, the Academy of Civil Administration under the President of Kazakhstan, and the Eurasian National University. In addition, the guests from Afghanistan had field trips to the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and to the Public Service Center, as well as excursions to EXPO.

The seminar guests received Certificates of Participation and returned to Afghanistan to implement the newly gained knowledge on practice. 

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