Since the early 1990s GIZ has been implementing sustainable development projects and programmes in Kazakhstan, initially on behalf of German public sector clients, but increasingly also for international and private sector clients. In 1996 we opened our first office in Kazakhstan, and today have offices in both Astana and Almaty. Currently 3 field staff members, 3 CIM experts and 35 national personnel are working for GIZ in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan is a young state, which became independent in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Thanks to the revenue it was able to generate from its mineral wealth, especially oil and gas, the country enjoyed an economic upswing until the global financial and economic crisis. Given the vast size of the country and the enormous distances between towns and cities, the promotion of disadvantaged regions represents a special challenge. Kazakhstan suffers from industrial pollution and some areas have been contaminated by nuclear testing.
GIZ is supporting the Kazakh Government in the fields of sustainable economic development, education and vocational training, good governance, the environment and climate, and health. We operate in Kazakhstan on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), the Federal Office of Administration, the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the European Commission.