Kazakhstan significantly increases funding for NGOs
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan. 15 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /
Financing NGOs from the republican and local budgets increased by more than 20 times in Kazakhstan during the years of independence, the Kazakh president's adviser Yermukhamet Yertysbayev said today.
"Financing NGOs from the republican and local budgets increased by more than 20 times in Kazakhstan during the years of independence," Yertysbayev said at the first organizational meeting of the Working Group on the Human Dimension, held in the Foreign Ministry today.
Funding has increased from $500,000 to $10 million since 2006, Yertysbayev told Trend over phone today.
He stressed that the number of NGOs registered in Kazakhstan has been recently increased. This testifies to the continued strengthening and qualitative development of the civil society in our country.
The relevance of human rights issues, as well as the positive experience of the OSCE Advisory Council on the Human Dimension's activity under the Kazakh Foreign Ministry, operating during the year of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the organization, caused establishing a working group of the Human Dimension as a platform for dialogue between the government bodies and civil society.
The working group's activity could also help Kazakhstan as part of the UN Human Rights Council, which has begun since January 1, 2013
The representatives of the Kazakh state agencies, parliament and political parties, Kazakh NGOs and international human rights organizations, accredited in Kazakhstan, attended today's meeting.