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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.

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Executive summary

Kazakhstan is making progress towards greater openness and democratization, however, like many other countries around the world, it faces complex challenges, including rising inequality, slow economic recovery, low levels of productivity, and low commodity prices. Against this backdrop, good public governance has been recognised as a crucial factor for economic development and social well-being and although further improvements in Kazakhstan are still needed, the country has been steadily reforming its public governance.

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