National policy dialogue (NPD) in Kazakhstan



Year of NPD launch:  2013

Present NPD Chair and strategic partners in the government: Water Resources Committee (Ministry of Environment and Water Resources), Ministry of Regional Development

Source of NPD funding: European Union, Government of Germany, Government of Norway, Government of Switzerland

Following the request by Kazakhstan in 2010 to initiate an national policy dialogue on water, and preparatory work conducted in 2012, the NPD process started in the country in 2013. The main areas of work and achievements are summarised on this page. 

Name of the meeting Date and place LoP Agenda Minutes
5th NPD Steering Committee Meeting 12 July 2017, Astana LoP Agenda Minutes
4th NPD Steering Committee Meeting 30-31 May 2016, Borovoe - Agenda Minutes
3rd NPD Steering Committee Meeting 15 May 2015, Astana - Agenda Minutes
2nd NPD Steering Committee Meeting 14 October 2014, Astana LoP Agenda Minutes
1st NPD Steering Committee Meeting 21 June 2013, Astana LoP Agenda Minutes

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Further Reading



You can consult the Country Review about the priorities, key achievements and plans for the future.

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OECD Studies on Water: Strengthening Shardara Multi-Purpose Water Infrastructure in Kazakhstan

More than 8 000 large multi-purpose water infrastructures (MPWIs) around the world contribute to economic development, as well as water, food and energy security, encompassing all human-made water systems including dams, dykes, reservoirs and associated irrigation canals and water supply networks. Focused on the specific case of the Shardara MPWI located in Low Syr-Darya Basin, South Kazakhstan and Kyzyl-Orda oblasts (provinces) of Kazakhstan, this report looks at the choice and design of MPWI investment strategies that ensure a high economic return on investments and potential bankability, based on application of a computer model and lessons learned from 15 international MPWI case studies.

 KAZ Report cover_water series  Sustainable Business Models for Water Supply and Sanitation in Small Towns and Rural Settlements in Kazakhstan 

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Contribution to OECD Country Programme for Kazakhstan: Strengthening the Role of Multi-Purpose Water Infrastructure 

The purpose of the current report is to present key results till date, thereby providing information about progress made and status of the project. It informs about next steps to be taken till project finalization.



Review and Assessment of Mechanisms and Instruments os State Support to Agriculture, Rural Development and a Water Intensive Processing Industry Impacting the Water Sector in Kazakhstan

This report includes a review and assessment of mechanisms and instruments of state support to agriculture, rural development and a water-intensive processing industry impacting the water sector in Kazakhstan, with the aim of developing recommendations for strengthening their efficiency and effectiveness.



Draft assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Syr Darya

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