Contractual Information
Project duration48 calendar months
Commencement dateFebruary 4, 2013
Completion dateFebruary 3, 2017
Total project budgetEUR 6,288,000
Project contractorGDSI Limited (Ireland) in consortium with ECORYS (The Netherlands), GOPA Consultants (Germany), Shannon Development (Ireland) and Research Institute of Regional Development (Kazakhstan)
Project Aim & Objectives
Overall aimTo contribute to a more equitable regional development and increasing living standards in the regions of Kazakhstan through the promotion of local economies and the strengthening of responsibilities and capacities of oblast administrations.
Specific objectives
  1. To support the government at central and regional levels in designing and implementing a coherent legislative and institutional framework conducive to local development.
  2. To promote improved local development policies and local service delivery in line with the National Strategy “Kazakhstan 2050", focusing on three pilot oblasts (Mangystau, Kyzylorda, East Kazakhstan) while providing spill-over benefits to other oblasts.
Project Components
Component 1Institutions, Policy, Legislation for Regional Development
Component 2Capacity to Plan, Implement, Monitor and Evaluate Oblast Development Strategies
Component 3Public Service Delivery
Component 4Qualification System for Local Development Actors
Results & Outcomes
Result 1The institutional framework for local development institutions and policies is improved.
Result 2The capacities of pilot oblasts to plan, budget, implement and monitor oblast development strategies are strengthened.
Result 3Delivery of administrative services by One-Stop Shops is improved, with the focus on pilot regions.
Result 4Qualification system for local development actors is strengthened at national and pilot oblast levels.
Project Beneficiaries
Direct project beneficiaries
  • Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Akimats of the pilot oblasts
  • Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Republican State Enterprise "One-Stop Shop"
  • Regional Training Centres
  • Economic Research Institute JSC
Indirect project beneficiaries
  • Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Maslikhats of the pilot oblasts
  • Regional administration
  • Oblast representatives of central government entities
  • One-Stop-Shops
  • Training institutions
  • Civil society
  • NGOs