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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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Foreword and acknowledgements

As part of the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy, the Government of Kazakhstan has developed five institutional reforms namely, the creation of a modem and professional civil service; ensuring the rule of law; industrialisation and economic growth; a unified nation for the future; and a transparent and accountable state. These reforms aim to support the country in its endeavour to join the 30 most-developed countries in the world by 2050.

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