Changes in the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan Programs for 2017-2020
In January of this year, the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan began to implement its new strategy for 2017-2020, which provides for the emergence of new program areas.
"The new strategy includes continuing to work in such areas that have been traditional for the Foundation, such as human rights, promoting the rights of people with mental disorders, improving governmental transparency and accountability, developing public policy and the media. Moreover, the Foundation has established new program areas, - said Anton Artemyev, Chairman of the Board of the SFK.
Thus, the Foundation has a new "Open Economy" Initiative, the purpose of which is to promote open communications between the Government of Kazakhstan and the expert community, in the processes of preparation and implementation of the country’s New Economic Policy. Currently, this activity is crucial, especially in the context of the implementation of OECD standards in Kazakhstan. As part of the New Strategy, the plan is to hold a major international conference in the spring of 2017 - the first "Open Economy" forum, where Kazakhstani, foreign experts and representatives of the Government’s agencies and businesses will be invited to attend.
The "Local Budget" initiative, which in 2014-2016 included the development of the practice of involving citizens into the budget process at the local level, is being combined with the "Transparency and Accountability" Program that has been operating in the Foundation for many years now; the purpose of which is to ensure transparency and accountability in the public finance management processes.
After 7 years of successful operation, the Youth Program is being transformed into the "New Citizens' Initiatives" Program. Young people will continue to be our focus, but at the same time, opportunities will arise for cooperation with all civil society representatives. The goal of the program is to support innovative forms of cooperation between various civil society representatives in order to protect freedom of expression, to develop citizen participation and to promote non-discrimination and inclusion.
More information on these programs and initiatives can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.soros.kz
Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan (SFK) is Kazakhstan's non-governmental charitable organization established by the Open Society Institute in 1995. The Mission of the Foundation is to promote open society values in Kazakhstan.