Urbanisation is an important condition for economic development, but must be managed
effectively if cities are to realise their potential as engines of national growth.
This report provides a comprehensive assessment of Kazakhstan’s urban policies in
terms of economic, social and environmental impact. It analyses how national spatial
planning for urban regions, along with specific sectoral policies, affect urban development
directly and indirectly. It also looks at specific issues such as housing, public
utilities, urban transport, and migration. The review assesses the efficiency and
effectiveness of current urban governance arrangements, and makes recommendations
for steps Kazakhstan can take to develop an attractive and well-managed system of
large and medium-sized cities that can help it achieve its development objectives.