Local self-government as a factor of regional development in East Kazakhstan oblast

28 Mar 2013

UN Joint Programme in East Kazakhstan oblast (EKO) in close cooperation with regional authorities held the round table “Local self-government as a factor of regional development in East Kazakhstan oblast” in Ust-Kamenogorsk on 28th March.

The event was aimed at discussing the perspectives of local self-government development in Kazakhstan using East Kazakhstan as an example. With the support of the UN Joint Programme, the region has piloted a new model of interaction between local authorities and population to tackle local needs. In the framework of this interaction a number of development projects, initiated by the local population, were elaborated and implemented, which allowed leveraging local budgets for locally vital needs.

Furthermore the round table has become the platform to present and discuss the results of two complex studies on monotowns, social and economic situation of the region, and evaluation of the regional strategic programmes implementation. The study results revealed both positive changes in Kazakhstan’s practice of strategic planning, and shortcomings, leading to declarativity and non-fulfillment of the programmes.

The event was attended by the representatives of oblast and rayon authorities, civil sector and mass media. The round table resulted in elaborating recommendations on local self-government development in Kazakhstan, as well as mechanisms to empower local authorities to tackle local needs.