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IWPR holds regular trainings for students and journalists from across Central Asia, with their materials published in Russian and national languages on the analytical platform CABAR.asia and in English for international readers on iwpr.net . Articles by IWPR reporters cover current events andsignificant trends that affect the lives of people in the whole Central Asian region.

Since 2017, Kazakhstan has had a programme of voluntary migration from densely populated southern regions to labour-scarce northern regions. The migrants receive social package, namely, employment and accommodation assistance. 

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President’s party wins again as pressure grows on independent observers and opposition forces. (more…)

12.01.21
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The reform of the law enforcement system is discussed in Kazakhstan for a long time, but the process is not moving ahead. Experts say the changes should start not with the Interior Ministry, but with the political system as a whole.

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In Kazakhstan, licenses of 25 universities were revoked and over 60 universities were left without the government contract. According to the ministry of education, the majority of licenses were revoked after the audit.

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24.12.20
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Empty shop windows, close food courts – this is what the majority of shopping malls look like in Kazakhstan today. Because of restrictions related to coronavirus, it is unprofitable for many boutique owners and public catering owners to work. The purchasing power sharply declined, while the rental payments were not cancelled.

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From 2021, the Kazakhstanis will be allowed to use a part of their pension savings to purchase residential accommodations, to pay for medical treatment, or to transfer for management to financial companies. However, not all will be able to use this option.

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Almost half of restaurants and cafes of Kazakhstan went bankrupt due to lockdown measures since early 2020, according to professional market players.
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Over a dozen of independent civil society and human rights organisations in Kazakhstan issued a statement on being under pressure from the authorities. International organisations are concerned about the fact that it happens before the upcoming parliamentary election to be held on January 10, 2021.

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During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the issue of post-COVID economic recovery in Central Asia is already included in the agenda. International institutions and the expert research community’s representatives present various timelines of economic recovery to the pre-crisis level. Meanwhile, there are proposals about the transformation of the economic model itself.

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Although the media is protected by law, beatings and illegal detentions are common.

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30.10.20
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CABAR.asia Online Events Digest_2020

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IWPR and Chatham House Organized a Joint Online Event “Kazakhstan’s First Parliamentary Elections in the Post-Nazarbayev Era”

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CABAR.asia 17.12.20
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