May 2015

There still remain circumstances in Afghanistan that could trigger a mass influx of refugees to Central Asian countries: UNHCR Regional Representative

There still remain circumstances in Afghanistan that could trigger a mass influx of refugees to the Central Asian countries. Therefore, UNHCR is closely working with the governments in the region on developing contingency plans in case of refugee influx, which will ensure that in case of emergency those who are in need of international protection will be given access to the territory and asylum procedure, Mr. Bernard Doyle, UNHCR Regional Representative and Regional Coordinator for Central Asia, told in an interview with AKIpress.

Capacity Building, Investment, Local Partnerships Among Opening Topics at AEF

At the initial side event panel on official development assistance (ODA) at the Astana Economic Forum, international aid experts called for a post-Millennium Development Goals ODA programme to focus on prevention, longer-term planning and capacity building, acting as a catalyst to other investment. They also advised Kazakhstan in developing its KazAID programme, Central Asia’s first official development programme.