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Tools for » HS-KAZ-003-044 (Kazakhstan) Enhancing Human Security in the Former Nuclear Test Site of Semipalatinsk
Project ID:00067543Description:HS-KAZ-003-044 (Kazakhstan)
UN Trust Fd for Human Security
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
UN Trust Fd for Human Security
End Date*: 31 Dec 2013
Country: Kazakhstan Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

From the 2010 Annual Progress Report's Executive Summary:

Enhancing Human Security in the Former Nuclear Test Site of Semipalatinsk

This report covers the period of 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2010 and is compiled in joint cooperation of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNV. During the period under report the overall objectives set by four organizations for implementation in 2010 have been met, and all components of the project being on track.  The report outlines the activities and achievements in 2010 in the results section. In 2010 two Project Board (PB) meetings took place in June and in November for regular monitoring and quality assurance of the project progress. The Project Board Members (PBM) reviewed and commented on projects’ progress/achievements and challenges and provided guidance to ensure efficient and timely execution of the projects’ activities. The outcomes of the project were also discussed with the Government as a successful model of joint UN programme in a selected geographical area.  

Goal 1 - Health component - to ensure access to quality basic health and social services for vulnerable groups (UNICEF and UNFPA):


78 health professionals of Semey region under the leadership of national consultant from   South-Kazakhstan oblast were trained in the seminar - master - class "Effective perinatal care" (on the work place) and are ready to provide quality perinatal care. Software based questionnaires to assess how well obstetricians and midwifes are aware of evidence-based technologies of perinatal care have been developed by national consultant. Recommendations to improve implementation of the perinatal care regionalization in Semey region were adopted by the meeting with participation of international consultant and specialists of the Departments of Healthcare of Semey, East-Kazakhstan, Karagandy and Pavlodar oblasts. On the basis of those recommendations programme of implementation of the perinatal care regionalization in Semey was drafted by national consultant. The revised curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate training of secondary and tertiary medical schools students of Semey was prepared by international consultant and operationalized. 22 volunteers of Youth Health Centers from Semey and Ust-Kamenogorsk cities were trained through three-days duration workshop on family planning and prevention of STI/HIV transmission.  50 local specialists from Semey region trained on master - class (on the work place) to introduce logistics management information system to insure reproductive health commodity security through implementation of CHANNEL software.


In 2010 UNICEF continued its long-term collaboration with Semey city and Eastern Kazakhstan region Aimats targeting the most vulnerable groups and strengthens the state statutory protective systems and services (newborns, 0-3 year-old children, children with special needs, young people, families in difficult life situations, children without parental care and children in contact with law). The main purposes are to ensure sustainable access to quality health and social services at the local level for decreasing infant and child mortality and morbidity rates, prevention of family dysfunction and support child inclusion. The region is eager to develop the model of multi-sectoral approach to support the most vulnerable population and to budget the models that have been set up with UNICEF technical and financial assistance. 

During the project implementation within health, educational and social welfare sectors UNICEF contributed to the improvement of medical and social services provided by local partners at two healthy baby rooms, Semey and Ust-Kamenogorsk maternity hospitals, a family support centre, six child development rooms and two centers providing youth-friendly services (including within the promoted and realized by UNICEF the ‘Child-Friendly City’ Initiative).

With regard to the system response strengthening, knowledge and capacity of 150 local experts have been increased on improvement perinatal care; early children care and development; building child-friendly cities, services supporting families in difficult circumstances and technologies of inclusion of children with special needs into pre-school settings. 

Approximately 800 children benefited from the inclusion models established in 2010; the same year more than 6,500 young people counseled on reproductive health and healthy life style habits; children’s and young people’s opinions took into consideration within the mapping child-friendly/unfriendly city environment exercise in EKO.

Specific recommendations for Semey and EKO have been developed and discussed at the local level regarding:

-          Regionalization of perinatal care;

-          Establishing multidisciplinary mechanism preventing child abandonment;

-          Setting up the integrated child protection system at local level and scenarios for transformation of state child care system into child and family oriented alternative care;

-          Support the implementation of the 5-year territorial development programmes of Semey, Ust-Kamenogorsk cities and Beskaragai based on analyzed budget in terms of its effectiveness at local level in the best interests of children, youth and women.

Semey inclusion models for children with special needs into pre-schools were tested and presented at the international and national conferences for scale up. Moreover, EKO CFCI (CFC Initiative) experience was presented at the national CFC workshop in Pavlodar; many local Akimats are interested to visit EKO to learn the experience.

A tool for the collection of disaggregated data on children in institutions was adopted to the local context and pre-tested in East Kazakhstan region. CFC Action Plan for 2011-2015 developed jointly with the key local departments, being finalized and will be attached to the new Memorandum of Understanding with the Eastern Kazakhstan region within the framework of Child-Friendly Oblast.

Goal 2 - Economic component - to build capacities for entrepreneurship and business skills, and provide modalities for generating economic and employment opportunities (UNDP):


UNDP conducted 5 seminars and trained 80 Project beneficiaries, including rural and city businessmen, employees of local administrations, farmers, and households, unemployed. Besides the main topics on entrepreneurship issues, the seminar participants were trained on cattle-breeding and crop-raising.  The focal points of the Fund for Financial Support of Agriculture (FFSA) have provided 254 businesses consultations to rural entrepreneurs on mictrocrediting and microleasing, business planning and management.  On 14 October 2010 the concluding Round Table on "Development of Entrepreneurship in East-Kazakhstan Oblast: achievements and perspectives" was organised in Semey city for 38 participants. Among them being the representatives of partner organizations, donors, government, business entities, local administration of Semey city, village okrugs and rayons, as well as the Project beneficiaries - rural entrepreneurs.   The purpose of the Round Table was to present the results of implementation of Economic Component of the Project on support to building capacities for rural entrepreneurship and elaboration of recommendations for further development of business activity of rural population in the East-Kazakhstan Oblast.  The recommendations of the Round Table are elaborated and available at UNDP.

The monitoring of the microcredit loaners revealed the following results: out of 33 borrowers 15 repaid their microcredits, 12 microcredits are to be repaid in the first quarter of 2011, 6 borrowers did not succeed to repay the loans in time; however the borrows do plan to pay back as soon as possible.

The microleasing programme was realized through 18 microleasing projects of 25 borrowers, including individual and group applications of 2-3 borrowers. Totally, 5 Credit Committee meetings to approve microleasing projects were conducted during the period from end 2009 till July 2010. The grant amount of $ 100,000 was totally disbursed for the acquisition of the agricultural equipment (such as tractors, tricle-irrigation, and expanding plant cultivation), mini-bakery, and refrigeration equipment for shops. The monitoring results showed that the funds were used by its purpose; the equipment is acquired and serves for the benefit of the entrepreneurs.

Goal 3 - Social component - to mobilize communities and support NGOs and CBOs in providing community services and in acting as agents of change within society (UNDP and UNV):


In the framework of the tender announcements for small grant projects 74 grant applications were considered at the Grant Appraisal Committees, consisted of representatives of independent NGO, local government bodies, National Project Director and UNDP. 29 grant projects were approved, benefiting 177 325 members of local communities; 112 initiative groups and 784 volunteers were actively involved in the implementation of these 29 projects. The grants were mainly directed to acquisition of medical, sport, musical equipment, recreation of culture parks, development of national arts and crafts, equipment for sawing shops, children rooms, etc.  The monitoring results showed that all the grant funds were used by its purpose and the projects are sustainable.

2 two-day trainings on social project development were organized for 63 participants from local government, initiative groups, NGOs in the Semey city and Egendybulak village of Karaganda oblast in February 2010. In August 2010 2 two-day seminars on volunteer mobilization and fund-raising were conducted for 45 representatives of NGOs and initiative groups of Pavlodar, Karaganda and East-Kazakhstan oblasts. 

In the year 2010 the UN Volunteers provided 297 day-to-day consultations on various social issues for NGOs, initiative groups and entrepreneurs. On 19-20 May 2010 the second seminar on village development plan/strategic planning was conducted in Shulbinsk village. Representatives of local Akimat, representatives of the state and business structures, from education and medical sphere, NGOs and initiative groups, developed the "Social and economical strategy plan for development of Shulbinsk village", which was presented to the villagers and then sent for approval to the local budget financing.

The seminars on "Social Procurement Law" and on "Access to the information in the framework of Social Procurement" took place on 29 September 2010 in Ust-Kamenogorsk city for 32 representatives of NGOs and journalists. The purpose of the seminars was to improve the knowledge of the participants about directions of the social policy of the society, to discuss the ways to distribute the funds of Social Procurement among NGOs, the inter-relations between state bodies, civil society and mass media.

On 30 September 2010 the concluding Round Table on "Partnership aiming the development of civil society in East-Kazakhstan Oblast" took place in Akimat of EKO with the participation of a Deputy of Mazhilis of Parliament of RK, members of Republic Civil Alliance, representatives of NGOs and mass media of Pavlodar, Karagandy and East-Kazakhstan Oblasts. The purpose of the Round Table was to discuss the actual issues of development of NGOs and elaboration of recommendations for further improvement of interaction of the government and institutes of civil society in the framework of Civil Society Development Concept and Social Procurement Law.  The recommendations are elaborated and are available at UNDP.

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