The British Council, Almaty City Akimat, Kazakh British Technical University and Almaty Development Centre have launched a new, 3-year project called ‘WeAlmaty’.
The project is funded by the European Union.
It aims to help the city of Almaty to realise its 2020 development vision around culture, business and active citizenship by supporting local authority leaders to work with civil society. It will support new forms of cooperation and joint action between civil society organisations, local authorities and the private sector that will help Almaty to fulfil its goal to develop into a ‘smart city’.
As part of the project, we are planning four main strands of activity:
- a series of regular dialogue forums which will create a sustainable platform to bring together civil society, private sector and local authorities to encourage them to take part in discussions and networking;
- a capacity building programme which will train civil society leaders and local authority staff to help them to work with each other more effectively. It will also introduce them to international best practice in the field of participatory planning and public-private partnerships;
- a challenge fund that will support citizen-led projects that stimulate local economic growth and create benefit for the public (for example, area regeneration, new business incubators or new creative hubs);
- a dissemination campaign to share the experience and best practice acquired through the project’s activities in Almaty with local authority and civil society leaders from other major cities in Kazakhstan.
To read more about the project, download the project presentation.