Over the past decade, Kazakhstan has aimed at rapid transformation through economic and social modernization. The World Bank Group supported this process primarily by transferring cutting-edge knowledge, and the JERP became a key instrument in responding to the country’s core priorities in the development agenda. Today, this unique program of analytical work and technical assistance is structured around the Country Partnership Strategy pillars focusing on development gaps in growth, governance and public service delivery, and sustainable development.
The JERP is a distinctive program targeted at building up the capacity to adapt the transfer of knowledge. It gives answers to the “what and why” by providing policy analysis, strategic planning expertise, and good practice options, and to the “how” by providing capacity-building assistance on a cost-sharing arrangement, with the Government’s share accounting for the majority of funding.
A highlight of the JERP—the brainstorming session, co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan—brings together the highest level of government officials, World Bank management, and experienced practitioners for in-depth discussions on key development issues. Since 2003, 16 brainstorming sessions have provided direct input into the Government’s ambitious reform agenda.