UNDP in Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Internal Affairs strengthen cooperation in rule of law and police modernization

December 15, 2023
Photo: Press office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Katarzyna Wawiernia met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Sadenov to reaffirm and enhance the longstanding partnership.

The meeting highlighted the significant progress made in various areas including police transformation, addressing gender-based violence (GBV), prevention of torture, and combating violent extremism, as part of the collaboration between UNDP and the Ministry.

Central to the discussion was the UNDP's support for Kazakhstan's rule of law initiatives, which are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Country Program Document. Katarzyna Wawiernia acknowledged the Ministry’s current focus on the police modernization process and the need to strengthen public trust in law enforcement bodies. Over the past few years, UNDP has contributed to this effort by enhancing the knowledge and skills of over 300 police officers in managing peaceful assemblies, addressing torture and GBV cases, community-based work, and preventing violent extremism.

Photo: Press office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The UNDP Resident Representative outlined that the agency appreciates the Ministry's initiative in revising business processes to increase efficiency and reduce procedural time. The UNDP has provided expert support in streamlining seven business processes and is ready to continue this work.

Furthermore, Katarzyna Wawiernia announced that the UNDP has embarked on the second phase of its Preventing Violent Extremism project and is set to launch regional initiatives in new areas such as Abai, Ulytau, Zhetysu, and Kyzylorda. This expansion is aimed at strengthening the partnership and broadening collaboration with local police forces in efforts to prevent extremism, GBV and other criminal activities.