The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to render foreign assistance.

Among the Agency’s key areas of activity is to provide support of trade and agriculture, economic growth, healthcare, render urgent humanitarian aid, contribute to preventing conflicts, and provide democracy support in impoverished countries of the world.

The USAID and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan partnership relations started back in 1992. The USAID Agency rendered assistance to Kazakhstan in the development and enactment of laws and regulatory documents, and provided material and technical resources required to create capital markets. USAID supported setup of an independent Securities and Exchange Commission, contributed to opening the first private stock exchange in Kazakhstan and arranging supervision over an emerging securities market.

Today Kazakhstan is a medium income country that starts to play the role of a regional leader. Since 2006, USAID economic reform programs are funded jointly with the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A main focus is made on small and medium-sized business, economic reforms and regional trade. Programs are also aimed at addressing such problems as restricted activity of mass media and inactive citizen involvement in running the nation, as well as expensive and inefficient healthcare system. The USAID Agency is cooperating with the government with a view to supporting democratic political reforms and improving quality of medical care in such diseases as tuberculosis and HIV.

USAID is one of the key and long-term partners of the Civil Society Development Association (ARGO). Backed by USAID, ARGO is implementing large-scale regional programs such as the Development through Regional Cooperation Project and Partnership for Innovations – P4I Program.

 

The European Union Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan was opened in 1994. The Almaty-based office was the first EU Delegation to Central Asia.
In 2007, the office of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan was transferred to Astana, the country’s new capital. The Almaty office closed on 1 November 2010 and all relevant staff positions were transferred to Astana.

The Delegation’s role is to:

  • Represent EU interests in Kazakhstan;
  • Coordinate with the embassies of EU countries;
  • Develop relations in areas such as political cooperation, the economy, trade and external assistance – especially through implementation of the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement;
  • Follow-up EU policies in all sectors, particularly via the EU-Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership;
  • Promote and defend the values and interests of the EU;
  • Maintain and increase public awareness and understanding of the EU.

Together with the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan ARGO is implementing the Greater Stakeholder  Engagement at the Local Level in East and Central Kazakhstan program.

 

Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP University) is a privately owned nonprofit higher educational institution that carries out its activity in the sphere of higher education according to the North American credit educational system. Classes are conducted mainly in English. KIMEP is one of the country’s oldest universities, a flagman of business education in Kazakhstan.

Multi-year fruitful cooperation between KIMEP and ARGO is developing in many areas. For example, KIMEP is a permanent partner of ARGO in holding annual International “Insights into Development” Conference. This unique conference is the largest forum in the region to discuss and work in a ‘third sector’ sphere. For 8 years already, the conference every year brings together a great number of civil society organizations leaders, as well as representatives of governments, businesses, academia and mass media.