The capacity development programme entitled Training on Economic Analysis, Programme and Action Plan Development at Regional Level (Impact-Oriented Programming for Regions and Rural Territories) was prepared and delivered by an expert of the EU-funded project Kazakhstan Regional Development in order to enhance the quality of programmes and action plans developed by local administrations in Kazakhstan for regions and rural territories. The workshops were designed for the staff of the region and district-levels Akimats that carried out the analysis of the situation, identified regional development problems, selected activities to address the problems and assessed the impact on the implemented initiatives.
These capacities have become especially important to Kazakhstani local authorities since September 2014, when President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the new stage of the decentralisation of the public administration system. The President had instructed the Parliament and the Government of Kazakhstan to ensure the delegation of more functions to regional Akimats, especially the functions dealing with local development issues.
The two-day training events were held on January 13-21, 2015, in the three pilot regions of the Project – East Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda and Mangystau regions. More than 100 officials of the Divisions and Units of Economy and Budget Planning, Industrial and Innovative Development, Tourism, Entrepreneurship and Trade from the regional and district Akimats took part in the trainings. Through practical exercises the participants learnt to select appropriate interventions to address the problems as evidenced in analysis, to understand – based on concrete situations – the possible and likely linkages between different types of intervention and different types of results, and to design results-oriented measures and/or monitoring process relevant to the regional development programmes.
“Today regional and district Akimats have a considerable freedom to select specific activities within regional development programmes to address local problems, and this requires staff of local administrations to improve their competences, especially on the issues of result-oriented programming,” said Ms. Indira Kurman, Head of Economy and Budget Planning Division of the Akimat of Mangystau Region.
The expert of the Project provided the training materials of the programme to the Regional Centres for Training of Civil Servants of the three pilot regions, and trained their staff on the methods of teaching the module. The training materials were also presented to the Academy of Public Administration of Kazakhstan for the use in the training of civil servants of all regions of the country on the economic analysis and result-oriented programming.
The Training on Economic Analysis, Programme and Action Plan Development at Regional Level (Impact-Oriented Programming for Regions and Rural Territories) was organised by the Kazakhstan Regional Development project. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by GDSI Limited, Ireland. Total budget of the four-year-project project (2013-2017) is EUR 6,288,000.