What is The People’s Voice Project?

During the last two decades, the government of Kazakhstan has been undergoing major changes, both in political and economic systems. Among the challenges that government has been facing is the issue of incorporating citizens into the decision making process.
In this regard, the Government of Kazakhstan adopted a number of measures to ensure transparency in the use of budget funds.

In this regard, the Government of Kazakhstan adopted a number of measures to ensure transparency in the use of budget funds. However, we must admit that the real participation of the population in the decision-making process at the moment is not fully realized.

The People’s Voice Project summarizes the experience in creating practice of citizen participation in the Central Europe region based on the experience of Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where this practice have achieved tangible results.

The People’s Voice Project was initiated in March 1999 as a three-year pilot project with the objective of improving government functioning through public participation. The project was funded by the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and implemented by the International Center for Policy Studies. The project made an attempt to bring together both the demand and supply sides of reform, that is, citizens’ groups and local officials.

 

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