What Happened in Kazakhstan: Reflections from the field

On January 26th, Civic IDEA held a web talk with its partners about developments and perspectives in Kazakhstan.

“What Happened in Kazakhstan: Reflections from the field”

? Story of the protests;
? Are they over, or over for now?
? Confidence towards the existing government and President Tokayev;
? Controversy over a decision on shooting the demonstrations;
? Influence of foreign powers with vested interests in Kazakhstan;
? CSTO as a club defending dictators;
? Split of the Political elite or business as usual?
? Request for reforms, political and democratic reforms on the agenda of demonstrations;
? Reflections from neighbors;
? People believing in the possibility of change

If you want to listen to these topics and other interesting analyses from our experts, tune in for
? https://youtu.be/RPu3z12Sz-c


Moderator: Tinatin Khidasheli – Chairperson, Civic IDEA
Former Minister of Defence of Georgia

Experts Panel:

Tatiana Sedova
Freelance consultant on public participation, transparency and accountability, multistakeholder cooperation mechanisms, extractive industries governance, community engagement and capacity building;
Member of the EITI National Stakeholders Council in Kazakhstan; Board member of Zertteu Research Institute (open budgets and anti- corruption).
At different times Tatiana worked for international and national organizations: the World Bank, Publish What You Pay, EITI International Secretariat, GIZ, NRGI, MSI Integrity, Counterpart International, Eurasia Foundation, USAID, European Commission, PACT, Soros Foundation, INTRAC, Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, City Bank, KazInvestBank, and others;

Mariya Lobacheva
Program director of Public Association Echo. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative alternate Board member
She has about 20 years’ experience in the non-governmental sector in Kazakhstan. Her work includes managing a research and advocacy strategy to promote transparency and citizen participation. Mariya has carried out several analytical works related to the extractive sector’s influence on the local population, as well as civic participation in income management at the subnational level. Mariya also has extensive elections observation experience and has produced several observation reports.

Danila Bekturganov
Political scientist and a Director of NGO “Civil Expertise” in Kazakhstan. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the non-governmental sector of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr. Bekturganov has conducted more than 200 trainings, webinars, and TOTs for NGOs on elections, transparency of budgets and extractive industries, digital rights, and transparency of public procurement. Also, he is a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) for the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Kazakhstan.

Amangeldy Shormanbayev
Lawyer by education. Currently, Mr. Shormanbayev is a Kazakhstan Program Director for Public Foundation “International Legal Initiative”, political rights expert, rule of law regional program director.
At different times he worked for a number of Kazakhstani NGOs, primarily in the human rights field.

Ani Kintsurashvili
Senior researcher of the Georgian think-tank Civic IDEA, working on democracy, transparency and anti-corruption issues and focusing on regional perspective of South Caucasus and Central Asia.