Starlink Kazakhstan: Building Capacity for Democratic Governance in the Security Sector

Objective


Key elements

In the second half of 2007 we decided to take the Starlink programme further east and got in touch with the Netherlands Embassy in Astana to investigate possibilities in this regard. During a fact-finding mission in November 2007 we found that there is clear need for the development of human capacity for democratic governance in the security sector of Kazakhstan. The country is engaged in a process of reforms that will improve oversight of the security agencies, enable the country to fulfil the commitments it undertook in its Individual Partnership Action Plan of 2006, and enhance Kazakhstan’s standing at the OSCE. In 2010, the presidency of the OSCE will go to Kazakhstan. It is obvious that Kazakhstan has put in place several of the laws and institutions required for democratic oversight of the security sector, and others are likely to follow. However, Kazakhstan still has some way to go to foster a culture of accountability. Here Starlink training courses will be helpful. The Starlink programme has been included in Kazakhstan's Individual Partnership Action Plan.

Activities

Conference on Security Sector Reform in Central Asia
24-25 September 2009

High-level Conference 'SSR in Central-Asia'
24 - 25 September 2009

Training Course: Disaster Relief and Crisis Management (Almaty)
19-21 March 2009

Training Course: Disaster Relief and Crisis Management (Astana)
16-18 March 2009

Training Course: Democratic Governance in the Security Sector - Defence (Almaty)
11-13 September 2008

Training Course: Democratic Governance in the Security Sector - Law Enforcement (Almaty)
6-8 November 2008

Training Course: Democratic Governance in the Security Sector - Law Enforcement (Astana)
3-5 November 2008

Training Course: Democratic Governance in the Security Sector - Defence (Astana)
8-10 September 2008

Try Out Course: Democratic Governance in the Security Sector: Defence (Almaty)
26-28 June 2008

High Level Meeting: Starlink and Democratic Governance in the Security Sector
24 June 2008

Publications

Security Sector Reform in Central Asia: Exploring Needs and Possibilities

Background reading


Sponsored by

The Starlink Kazakhstan programme is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and actively supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Astana.

Duration

March 2008 - March 2010

In Co-operation with

The Civil Alliance in Astana

The International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law in Almaty.