Top development aid groups in Central Asia: A primer

An agribusiness association in Kyrgyzstan provides farmers with supplies and knowledge. More than 1,300 farmers annually attend demonstrations by a USAID-supported agricultural association to learn about new technologies. Photo by: USAID

Central Asia faces multifaceted development challenges despite its vast gas and oil reserves. The landlocked region, consisting of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, struggles with problems such as water scarcity, desertification and an undernourished population.

Bilateral and multilateral donors have been providing development assistance since at least the 1990s, and many non-governmental organizations and consulting firms have opened offices across the region.

These organizations tend to hire local staff, but they are also often eager to work with international professionals on the implementation of projects, including health and infrastructure improvement and private sector development. Devex Jobs includes a comprehensive list of vacancies.

Here’s a rundown of some of the main organizations helping to boost development in Central Asia.

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    Derya Deniz

    Derya Deniz is an independent international relations analyst who has worked with several Turkish NGOs and international organizations, including as a research officer for the Permanent Observer Mission of the OIC to the United Nations. She holds a bachelor's degree in political sciences and international relations, and speaks Turkish, English and Arabic.

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