Kazakhstan, Japan join forces to support Afghan women’s economic empowerment

Aug 23, 2016

Kazakhstan and Japan will for the first time work in tandem on a USD 400,000 programme designed to expand women’s economic independence and rights in Afghanistan.

Although Kazakhstan has helped other countries in the past, this is the first project that the country will implement in line with international standards for providing official development assistance.

Through the initiative, women civil servants and healthcare workers from Afghanistan will undertake training in Kazakhstan. In addition, Kazakhstan will share its experience with Afghan policy-makers in the area of gender equality, which the country considers a critical step for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Kazakhstan is in the process of creating a national institution that will administer its official development assistance (ODA). In October 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and UNDP launched a project to establish a national office that will make Kazakhstan’s ODA more systematic and introduce international standards for delivering it.

Financed by the Japanese government via the UNDP-Japan Partnership Fund, the project will help Kazakhstan further develop its national aid architecture, with the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to be led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expected to share technical expertise with Kazakhstan as part of the new project.

“Many reform efforts in Kazakhstan are done in the context of our ambition to join the OECD. Official Development Assistance is a very important part of the OECD,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Erlan Idrissov, during the launching ceremony.

“As a strong supporter of multilateralism and as a development partner, Kazakhstan can play a big role in delivering the sustainable development agenda, and in putting the world on track to achieve sustainable and inclusive development,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Norimasa Shimomura.

“I hope that implementation of the project will be a good opportunity for Japan to contribute actively to the measures undertaken by Kazakhstan for stabilizing the situation in the region,” said the Ambassador of Japan to Kazakhstan, Ichiro Kawabata.


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Dina Teltayeva, UNDP Communications Associate dina.teltayeva@undp.org or via tel. +77172 69 65 44 (2124)

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