Towards an Open Government in Kazakhstan

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The government of Kazakhstan has shown a strong commitment to enhancing transparency, accountability and participation in the policy-making process, and has taken important steps towards implementing open government. However, further efforts are need to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of Kazakhstan’s open government reforms. This review provides an overview of the cultural, economic, historical and political context for open government reforms. It examines ongoing efforts, identifies the remaining challenges and assesses the measures put in place by Kazakhstan’s authorities to address them in order to translate the reforms into tangible results. Finally, the report looks at the environment for effective citizen engagement and its potential to improve service delivery and policy making. It provides recommendations for concrete actions Kazakhstan can take to fully implement open government reforms.


A national open government strategy to ensure better good governance outcomes in Kazakhstan

This chapter assesses Kazakhstan’s significant steps towards advancing the open government agenda as part of the country’s 2050 strategy. Building upon these achievements, the chapter examines the most important issues to be tackled to translate the reforms into tangible results, most importantly by a clear definition of open government and the elaboration of an open government whole-of-government national strategy. As the success of the implementation of such a strategy depends on the acceptance of all relevant stakeholders, the chapter assesses the role of civil society and media in the country. Finally, the chapter offers an analysis of monitoring and evaluation systems in Kazakhstan and provides actionable recommendations.


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