Institutional Support to the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana


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. The ACSH is a multilateral institutional platform for the continuous exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of civil service development, aiming at supporting governments in the region through fostering partnerships, capacity building and peer-to-peer learning development activities, and evidence-based solutions, informed by a comprehensive research agenda. It has received financial and institutional support from the Government of Kazakhstan, and the backing of the UNDP as the key implementing partner. The geographical range of participants stretches from the Americas and Europe, through the CIS, the Caucasus and Central Asia to ASEAN countries, demonstrating that partnership for civil service excellence is a constant and universal need for all nations. Currently, the ACSH being a demand-driven initiative encompasses 35 participating countries and 5 international organizations. It promotes among others specifically the SDG#16 and SDG17 and fosters South-South and Triangular cooperation.


To assist in promoting the civil service effectiveness by supporting the efforts of governments of countries of the region in building institutional and human capacity.


a)    Partnerships and Networking

b)    Capacity Building and Peer Learning

c)    Research and Knowledge Management


H.E. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator “… We are delighted to be working closely with Kazakhstan on civil service excellence. Kazakhstan’s strong commitment in this area makes it a logical host of the Regional Hub of Civil Service in Astana, in which UNDP is proud to be a partner.” (from the speech at the VIII Astana Economic Forum, 21 May 2015)


Donor name  Amount 
UNDP  USD 100 000
Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan USD 14 000 000

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