Seven nongovernmental organizations located in different regions of Kazakhstan (Semey, Atyrau, Aktobe, Shymkent, Karaganda, Astana, Almaty) are currently ARGO members. The Association’s office is located in Almaty.


Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development Agency (SMEDA), Aktobe

Mission: Promote civil society development through creating necessary conditions for organizational development of civic initiatives and the nonprofit sector.

Address: 289, Brother Zhubanovs Str., Office 1, 0300000 Aktobe, Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel.: + 7 7132 52 31 26 Fax: +7 7132 52 31 32



Public Association Karaganda Regional Ecological Center ECOCENTER, Karaganda

ECOCENTER is one of the first public organizations in Kazakhstan, founded in 1992. The activity of ECOCENTER is aimed at attracting public attention to social and environmental problems, promoting sustainable development and strengthening civil society in Kazakhstan. ECOCENTER has extensive experience in implementing local and national projects aimed at professional training of NGOs in organizational and institutional development, creating mechanisms of public participation in decision making processes, supporting civic initiatives, and cooperating with state structures in the introduction of environmental education and local self-governance.

Address: 49, Zhambyl Str., Office 2, 100012 Karaganda
Tel./Fax: +7 (7212) 56-29-22



Public Association “Bereke”, Shymkent

Mission: Promote civil society strengthening through the development of rural communities by community involvement in the decision making process.

Public Association “Bereke” has been working in South Kazakhstan Oblast since 2005. The organization’s activity is aimed at developing rural communities, namely, civil society strengthening through institutional and organizational development of district NGOs, promoting a gender equality policy, protecting the rights of women, children and other vulnerable population groups through awareness raising, expanding international cooperation, developing partnership with government authorities, mass media and business structures.

Address: 29/8, Tynybayev Str., Shymkent, South Kazakhstan Oblast, X09B0B6, Kazakhstan
Tel.: +7 7252 53 59 96


Regional Public Association Union of Nuclear Tests Victims “Iris”, Semey

Mission: Promote local communities, NGOs and initiative groups’ involvement in the decision making process through development and consolidation of the civil initiative sector by conducting expert review, consultations, and trainings, and providing technical assistance and support.

Address : 26, Lenin Str., Apt. 14, 071400 Semey, Kazakhstan
Tel.: +7 7222 52 40 62, 52 25 91
Fax: +7 7222 52 36 28



Public Association Agency for Social Technologies and Development (ASTRa), Astana

Mission: Promote civil society development through strengthening social partnership and supporting nonprofit organizations and communities in Astana and Akmolinsk Oblast

Address: 8/2, Ryskulbekov Str, Apt. 40, Al-Farabi Microdistrict, 010000 Astana, Kazakhstan
Tel.: +7 7172 29 95 30