Foreign aid to Central Asia in need of major overhaul

A road rehabilitation project supported by the Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan. The international community has shown relative generosity to Central Asia, where donors disbursed more than $1.2 billion in 2013. Photo by: ADB / CC BY-NC-ND

Centuries after its glory days as a trade hub between Western and Eastern civilizations, Central Asia retains significant value for many global powers.

Host to vast amounts of untapped natural resources, the region is posited as the world’s newest energy frontier. Kazakhstan, for instance, has the 12th largest oil reserves in the world — attracting flocks of multinationals competing for contracts and pipelines.

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