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Localization of MDGs in South Kazakhstan. By Alma Nurshaikhova, Programme Coordinator HD Unit UNDP Kazakhstan. Description of the Problem. The 2005 MDGR revealed huge regional differences in the progress towards MDGs Need for actions at local level to foster progress towards MDGs

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Localization of mdgs in south kazakhstan

Localization of MDGs in South Kazakhstan

By Alma Nurshaikhova,

Programme Coordinator

HD Unit

UNDP Kazakhstan

Description of the problem
Description of the Problem

  • The 2005 MDGR revealed huge regional differences in the progress towards MDGs

  • Need for actions at local level to foster progress towards MDGs

  • South Kazakhstan oblast is amongst regions lagging behind

  • Adoption of National Territorial Development Strategy in 2006 – a window of opportunity to reflect MDGs in local development strategies


  • Support the drafting of SKO Territorial Development Strategy (2007-2015)

  • Involve all stakeholders into the identification of local needs and drafting the strategy

  • Build permanent partnerships between the local government, civil society and business for effective implementation of the strategy.


  • Building partnerships

  • Fostering participatory approach

  • Ensuring local ownership

  • Awareness raising

Innovative aspects
Innovative Aspects

  • Incorporation of MDGs into existing development strategies

  • Orientation towards local needs

  • Participatory approach

  • Results based strategic planning


  • Baseline assessment, adaptation of MDGs, recommendations

  • Setting up of Coordination Committee

  • Training for local government and CSOs on Localization of MDGs (planned)

  • Final report on Localization of MDGs in SKO


  • Coordination Committee consists of local government, representative body, NGOs, business associations and international donors

  • Recommendations to SKO Development Strategy will include building partnerships with all stakeholders and division of responsibilities

  • Training on building partnerships between local administration and NGOs


Up to now:

  • Local government and wider community sensitized on MDGs and the need for MDGs’ localization

  • Coordination Committee set up

  • Baseline assessment and preliminary recommendations prepared

  • Wider community involved into baseline assessment and MDGs adaptation



  • Training for local authorities on localization of MDGs conducted

  • Costing of MDGs conducted

  • Report on SKO experience prepared and proposed for replication in other regions

  • Local capacity building for effective and inclusive implementation of SKO Development Strategy

Problems encountered
Problems Encountered

  • Weak local capacities and reluctance of local authorities to admit the existence of social problems

  • Weak capacity of the national research institution

  • A sudden outbreak of HIV/AIDS, which led to the change of local government composition and shift of priorities towards HIV/AIDS

  • Small project budget – 40,000 USD


  • SKO Development Strategy is a priority strategy of the oblast’s development till 2015

  • It will be financed from local budget

  • The SKO experience will be presented to the Ministry of Economy for its possible replication in other regions

  • UNDP will provide assistance to the Strategy’s implementation in terms of capacity building

Replicability in other country context
Replicability in Other Country Context

  • The final report on SKO experience:

    • Step-by-step description of the whole process

    • Methodology for baseline study and strategic planning

    • SKO development analysis and recommendation

  • Requirements for replication:

    • Local government’s interest and support from central government

    • Good understanding of MDGs