In 2005, Eurasia Foundation set up Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA) as an independent organization with offices in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as part of its strategy to establish partner foundations throughout the region.

EF’s current programs in Kazakhstan include:

Equal Before the Law (EBL) is an ambitious multi-year, multi-country program to improve access to justice for vulnerable people in Central Asia. EBL provides pro bono legal services, works to improve the curricula of Central Asia’s law schools, and has established networks of likeminded organizations to maximize the program’s impact. EBL’s 32 lawyers provide consultations to vulnerable people across southern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. With assistance from EBL, 15 professors are developing new course materials for the leading law schools of Central Asia that include access to justice for vulnerable persons as a key focus.

Other results include:

The Professional Young Journalists (PYJ) program enables young journalists in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan to surmount censorship and political interference by teaching them to produce high quality stories and helping them get published. PYJ expanded the website Kloop, a publishing platform and credible news outlet, to include Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

For information on EFCA’s current programs, visit their website at Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia.