Policies of Urbanization in Central Asian States

Donor: UNESCAP

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Duration: February 2012 - February 2013

Policies of Urbanization in Central Asian States

Central Asian countries have implemented different approaches towards urban development aiming to re-establish municipal management systems and support social and economic development in urban areas. Experience from each country contains both successes and failures which should be carefully studied to assist governments and development partners in streamlining their policies and addressing future challenges of urban development in Central Asia.

Since 2011, Center for Economic Research with support from UN ESCAP and UNPD Uzbekistan has been implementing a “Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development” Project. The first phase of the Project (2011) focused on issues of urban development in Uzbekistan and resulted in a comprehensive report, which was presented during the international workshop held on 5-6 July 2011 in Tashkent.

In 2012 the CER team with support from local partners in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan is reviewing urban development trends in all Central Asian countries. Country perspectives and preliminary results of the research will be presented and discussed at the regional workshop in Tashkent on October 9-10, 2012. The final report on “Policies of Urbanization in Central Asian States in Post-Soviet Period” will be issued by the end of 2012.


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Policies of Urbanization in Central Asian States



Useful links
One-Pager: Urbanization and Industrialization in Central Asia: Looking for solutions to key development problems. Eng
One-Pager: Urbanization and Industrialization in Central Asia: Looking for solutions to key development problems. Rus