WeAlmaty is a three-year initiative that 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 supports 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’.
WeAlmaty is designed and run by a coalition made up of the British Council, the Kazakh-British Technical University, Almaty Akimat and the Almaty Development Centre, and funded by a grant from the European Union. The project works with universities, creative and social entrepreneurs, and citizens of Almaty.
The project has four main strands of activity:
- A series of regular dialogue forums which will create a sustainable platform to bring together civil society, local authorities and the private sector and 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.
The objective of our dissemination programme is to engage civil society, local government officials, informal citizen groups and social and creative entrepreneurs outside of Almaty, elsewhere in Kazakhstan who might wish to be inspired by, participate in or even launch their own civic enterprise, in partnership with civil society organisations or public agencies.