Program Updates | Kazakhstan

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Last updated: July 08, 2020

June 25, 2020

USAID is working with the five countries of Central Asia to accelerate a regional transition to cost effective, low emission, and climate-resilient economies. Providing clean, renewable energy and improving energy efficiency can solve issues of national and regional energy security, stability, and growing emissions. These efforts lead to a future of self-sufficiency by leveraging domestic resources and improving opportunities for cross-border trade. 

June 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the dangers to at-risk groups as migrants have become stranded along borders or in foreign countries without work and resources. Many people have not been able to travel for seasonal work or to travel to locations with more opportunities. This puts people, like Razia, at high risk for exploitation. Traffickers take advantage of the lack of knowledge and desperate situation many have found themselves in due to the pandemic. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the USAID-funded Safe Migration in Central Asia project is working to provide migrants with information to protect themselves and avoid potential exploitation.

May 14, 2020

USAID’s Kazakhstan Media Campaign Addresses Stigma Associated with Tuberculosis During COVID-19

When the Government of Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency on March 15, 2020 due to confirmed cases of COVID-19, many organizations, factories, and businesses suddenly had to suspend their operations. The fear of getting sick and possibly dying of COVID-19, as well as movement restrictions instituted by the government, has had a negative impact on other important public health programs.

April 8, 2020

The media and civil society community in Kazakhstan secured a significant victory in early 2019: the government dropped discriminatory and stigmatizing provisions against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community from the draft bylaws under a newly adopted access to information-related law in Kazakhstan. This was due in large part to advocacy efforts of the USAID-funded Access to Information Program.

April 2, 2020

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed approximately 365 million tenge (more than $800,000) to support Kazakhstan’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.